The MATSDA Committee

Meet the MATSDA committee members...

President: Prof/Dr Brian Tomlinson

Brian is Founder and President of MATSDA and the author of many publications(including Discover English, Materials Development in Language Learning and Developing Materials for Language Learning). He has presented in forty countries and worked in Nigeria, Zambia, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore.

Chair: Dave Allan

Dave is Director of NILE, the Norwich Institute for Language Education, a Fellow of the School of Education and Professional Development at the University of East Anglia and a consultant for the British Council and the Council of Europe. For 9 years co-ordinator of the IATEFL TEASIG, and an author for OUP, Dave has run courses and seminars for teachers in over 40 countries. He is a passionate, lifelong supporter of Sunderland AFC.

Committee Secretary: Hitomi Masuhara (Dr.)

Hitomi is a founding member and Secretary of MATSDA and Deputy Director of the MA in Applied Linguistics and the MA in TESOL at the University of Liverpool. She has worked in Japan, Oman, Singapore and the UK and has presented at Conferences all over the world. Her publications include journal articles, book chapters and books (e.g. Materials and Methods in ELT (2013) Wiley, co-authored with J. McDonough and C. Shaw; Research for Materials Development in Language Learning (2010) Continuum, co-edited with B. Tomlinson.

Folio Editor: Freda Mishan (Dr.)

Dr Freda Mishan is lecturer on the Masters in TESOL and course director of the Structured PhD in TESOL at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Her research and publications include chapters, journal articles and books in the areas of language learning materials development, technology and language learning, and problem-based learning. She took over as editor of the MATSDA journal Folio in summer 2011.

Treasurer: Andy Dyble

Membership Secretary: Siv Sears

Siv Sears has been involved with EFL since 2000. A holder of CELTA, DELTA and MA TESOL qualifications, he has been a teacher, teacher trainer and examiner in his native UK as well as Italy, China and Taiwan. He now lives in Norwich where he combines EAL work with the teaching of Philosophy to English students at secondary level, being a Gamemaster at a local Escape Room and examining for the Linguaskill examination.

Promotions Manager: Tom Court

Tom Court is an ELT assistant professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. He is currently a student in the Ed.D. in TESOL program at Anaheim University, CA, and he received his M.Ed. TESL and B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Calgary in Canada. Tom also earned a multiple-subject teaching credential from San Diego State University. He has taught in Japan, California, Oregon and now Hawaii.

Web Coordinator: Jon Marks

Jon is a freelance ELT writer, editor and occasional illustrator with an interest in online learning and ELT websites in general. He has authored/co-authored numerous classroom courses, self-study resources and teacher development programmes (details at Queries about MATSDA's website and about the MATSDA Freelance Register should be addressed to Jon at

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