ProfileDr. Tamas Kiss is an Associate Professor in the Department of ENglish at Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University where he mainly teaches courses on the MA TESOL programme. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Warsaw (Poland), a Master's Degree from the University of Exeter, College of St Mark and St John (UK), and a BEd in English Language Teaching from Kossuth Lajos University (Hungary).
Dr. Kiss started his academic career at the Bessenyei Gyorgy Teacher Training College / College of Nyiregyhaza (Hungary) where he worked as an assistant lecturer, lecturer, and tenured senior lecturer before moving on to join the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore as an Assistant Professor. He also worked as a guest lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines) and the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (Malaysia), teaching postgraduate courses.
He has been involved with a number of language teacher education programmes in Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, Latin America, and South East Asia as a trainer or consultant. He delivered one-off talks and directed two-week intensive workshops in more than 18 countries including Romania, Lithuania, Pakistan, Iraq, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, Germany, etc. by invitation of language teacher organizations (e.g. Penang English Language Learning and Teaching Association), cultural institutions such as the British Council, or international publishing houses like Macmillan or Oxford University Press. He was the co-rodinator of the British Council initiated network 'English Language Contact Scheme' (ELTeCS) for Europe and Central Asia, and a founding member of the ELTeCS-East Asia and ELTeCS Latin America.
His main research interests include language pedagogy, language teacher education - including school-based teacher training and mentoring, intercultural communication, the link between complex dynamic systems and education, and the role of culture in language teaching materials. One of his latest projects has been on creativity in language teaching which resulted in a book co-authored with Alan Maley (soon to be published by Palgrave Macmillan).
Dr. Kiss is a trained photographer and an avid cyclist.