David Nunan has worked as a language teacher and researcher in many countries including his native Australia, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Singapore, Brazil, Japan, and China. In the early 1990s he took up the inaugural Chair Professorship of Applied Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong, a position he held for fourteen years. He also founded the first online graduate program for teaching English to speakers of other languages at Anaheim University.
Nunan has published 30 books as well as several hundred articles on language, culture, education, and travel. He also writes textbooks for learning English. His junior high school series Go For It is a world leader, with sales in excess of three billion copies.
In addition to his academic teaching, Nunan carries out consulting work and gives conference presentations in many parts of the world. When not traveling and speaking, he splits his time among Hong Kong, Sydney, and California.
David Nunan wrote a heartfelt, warts-and-all recollection of life in the “old neighborhood” for his daughter. I’m not sure I would tell my own daughter all about my youthful shenanigans – and I’m sure Nunan hasn’t revealed them all – but he has let slip enough of what his world was like to make life in Broken Hill seem very interesting. The author’s tone is breezy, sincere and serious at times – just what you’d expect from an honest storyteller. — Gary S. Sosa, Amazon reviewer
I expected this book to be about linguistics or ESL teaching, since that’s what Nunan is known for, but this was his childhood and adolescence, pre-dating his academic work. Fascinating! I had no idea. Broken Hill at that time sounds both bleak and inspiring. In some ways it reminded me of stories I’d heard of small-town America at the same time, but so many of his experiences were, I feel, uniquely Australian. — Jaimie C. Scanlon, author of Q Skills for Success, Skillful, and Open Mind teacher’s books
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