David Nunan

David Nunan is Professor Emeritus at the University of Hong Kong, President Emeritus at Anaheim University, California, and Professor in Education at the University of NSW.

He has published over 100 scholarly books and articles on teacher education, curriculum development, classroom-based research and the teaching of grammar in the communicative classroom.

Recent books include Task-Based Language Teaching (Cambridge University Press), What is This Thing Called Language? (Palgrave Macmillan), with Kathi Bailey Exploring Second Language Classroom Research (National Geographic Learning), with Julie Choi Language and Culture, (Routledge), with Jack C. Richards Language Learning Beyond the Classroom (Routledge), and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. (Rutledge). With over 3 billion copies sold, his middle-school series Go For It is the largest selling series in the world.

Nunan is a former President of TESOL and is currently a Trustee of The International Research Foundation for Language Education. Honours and awards include two citations by the United States Congress for services to English language education, and the 2003 TESOL Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2005, he was named one of the 50 most influential Australians internationally. In 2015 he was given the James E. Alatis Award for Service to TESOL.


Pearson ELT Author David Nunan Judging Teacher Award

Amar Kumar, Senior Vice President, Office of the Chief Education Advisor, Pearson

Amar Kumar is Senior Vice President in the Office of the Chief Education Advisor at Pearson. He leads the Global Efficacy & Research team which is helping transform the company to put the learner at the center of Pearson’s products and services. From defining learner outcomes to measuring impact on those outcomes, Pearson is helping to accelerate the use of evidence in education. Amar also leads some of Pearson’s investments in low-cost school in India as part of the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund (PALF).

Prior to Pearson, Amar was working in McKinsey and Company’s education and high-tech practices. Prior to McKinsey, Amar served as a teacher and principal at a school in Bangalore, India. Prior to that experience, Amar was an analyst at Eli Lilly & Company, helping scientists better use genetics data to accelerate drug discovery.

Amar holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelors in Computer Science from Purdue University.

Amar Kumar Pearson

Melanie Butler, Founder, EL Gazette

Melanie Butler taught in Iran, Spain and Italy before becoming a journalist specialising in language teaching for the BBC World Service and later as co-editor of BBC Modern English magazine.

She first became editor of the EL Gazette in 1987, and apart from two years working for Pearson ELT in the 1990s when she worked as senior publisher for grammar, methodology and adult course books, has worked there ever since.

During her time at the Gazette she has also launched Language travel Magazine, the ELT careers guide and, most recently, EL-Go a website which ranks UK language schools for learners if English.

Melanie Butler EL Gazette