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 course director and lecturer on the Masters in English Language Teaching 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.

Folio Design Coordinator: Jo Appleton

Jo is an ELT lecturer in the School for Languages at Leeds Metropolitan University. She coordinates the International Foundation Studies programme and is part of the materials writing team, currently involved with projects in Ethiopia and Singapore.

Membership Secretary: Susi Pearson

Treasurer: Andy Dyble


Web Coordinator: Jon Marks

Jon is a feelance ELT writer, editor and occasional illustrator with a special interest in online learning and ELT websites in general. He has authored/co-authored numerous courses (details at, the most recent of which is IELTS Advantage: Speaking and Listening (Delta Publishing). Queries about MATSDA's website and about the MATSDA Freelance Register should be addressed to Jon at this email address:

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