Thorold (Thor) MAY, PhD

Australian citizen
Adelaide, Australia.
Mobile tel. (+61)  0479 154 831
thormay@yahoo.com

 

 

Profile

 

 

 

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Thor May is a writer, lecturer, researcher, teacher and teacher trainer in English language & linguistics. He has been teaching English to non-native speakers, training teachers and lecturing linguistics since 1976. This work has taken him to seven countries in Oceania and East Asia, mostly with tertiary students, but with a couple of detours to teach secondary students and young children. He has special skills in adapting English language teaching to technical subject areas (e.g. mechanics, nursing etc). Altogether, he taught young adults for five years in China and seven years in South Korea. He has trained teachers in Australia, Fiji and South Korea.

 

 

 

 

Qualifications

 

2010     Research Doctorate (PhD), Language Tangle, dealing with language teaching productivity.  The official version of this dissertation is available online from the University of Newcastle, NSW at http://hdl.handle.net/1959.13/804346

 

2005     Master of Applied Linguistics, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. High distinction in all subjects.

 

1997     Certificate IV in Workplace Training Category 2: Assessor Kangan Batman Institute of TAFE, Melbourne, Australia

 

1996     RSA/Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, International TESOL Training Centre, Holmes Colleges, Melbourne, Australia

 

1975     Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching -,Auckland Secondary Teachers College, New Zealand (1975; now a division of Auckland University). Teaching English as a Second Language specialization.

 

1974     Bachelor of Arts - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Majors in Linguistics and Social Anthropology

 

 

Published papers - can be seen online at  http://independent.academia.edu/ThorMay . I have also posted a number of essays to this site on a wide range of topics, reflecting a round-table ideas discussion meetup which I host in Adelaide, Australia, Saturday Lunchtime Seminar (https://www.meetup.com/AdelaideLunchtimeSeminar/ ). As of March 2019 there are over 147 papers (pdf) in my repository at the academia.edu site, as well as some teaching material. From statistics, this content appears to be widely read. Academia.edu itself claims 71 million users worldwide, with my material in the top 0.5% accessed.  

 

Current Status  

 

I ceased formal employment in early 2011, although I remain open to suggestions for consulting, teaching, writing, editing etc. Current Australian law mandates a reduction of 50 cents per dollar earned in my pension above AUD$174 per two weeks. I do run a voluntary language group for newcomers to Australia, Adelaide English as a Second Language Group, which attracts up to 40 people from many countries (https://www.meetup.com/ESL-English-practice-meet-up-group/ ). I also maintain a special interest in China and continue to learn Mandarin.

 

 

Personal Details:   Australian ; male, 168 cm, 68 kg, single, d.o.b. 1945; very fit and active (distance running for over 57 years).Some short videos are embedded at the end of this CV. More detailed information about my life and interests can be found on my (legacy) website at ‘About Thor’ http://thormay.net/docsite/aboutthor.html . Social & cultural notions of ‘age’ can be a bit exasperating for individuals who are not average. I’m not average. My current ‘fitness age’ (October 2019) seems to be 20 ... although the Garmin tracker metric looks a bit flaky to me, even absurd. :

 

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Experience in Chinese institutions:

 

From

To

Institution

Position

 

 

 

 

September 2007

December 2010

Holmes Institute  (Australian-Chinese joint venture) at  Zhengzhou Railway Vocational & Technical College, Henan, China

 

Foreign Expert, IELTS focus: English Language; Preparatory English for Australian tertiary study (nursing; logistics) : teacher training seminars

September 1999

July 2000

Central China Normal University, Wuhan, Hubei Province, PRC

 

Lecturer in English Language; EFL for undergraduates & postgraduates; teacher training

August 1998

July 1999

Wuhan Technical University of Surveying & Mapping, (now part of Wuhan University ) Wuhan, Hubei , China

 

Lecturer in English Language; EFL for postgraduates (MSc & PhD); evening community EFL

Experience in South Korean institutions:

 

From

To

Institution

Position

 

 

 

 

August 2004

August 2007

Chungju National Universtiy, Chungju, South Korea

 

Visiting Professor in English Language: undergraduate EFL

September 2003

August 2004

TESOL Unit, Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Busan, South Korea

Visiting Professor in Applied Linguistics (postgraduate course for Korean teaching graduates, cross-credited with international MAs). See course content  here.

 

September 2000

August 2003

Youngsan University, Busan, South Korea

 

Visiting Professor in English Language: undergraduate EFL

 


 

Courses Taught & Related Activities 1976 to 2010

 

a) University lecturing & tutoring

 

 

Topic

 

Institution

 

 

 

Second language acquisition

 

- Southern Cross University* - Lismore NSW (* at that time, NRCAE)

- University of the South Pacific – Suva, Fiji + distance ed. & satellite teaching; also Honiara, Solomon Islands summer program

- Pusan University of Foreign Studies – Busan, South Korea

 

Child language acquisition

 

- Southern Cross University* - Lismore NSW (* at that time, NRCAE)

- University of the South Pacific – Suva, Fiji + distance ed. & satellite teaching; also Honiara, Solomon Islands summer program

 

Sociolinguistics & Pragmatics

 

- University of Newcastle, NSW

- University of the South Pacific – Suva, Fiji + distance ed. & satellite teaching

- Southern Cross University* - Lismore NSW (* at that time, NRCAE)

- Pusan University of Foreign Studies – Busan, South Korea

 

Semantics

 

- University of Newcastle, NSW (tutoring)

(note also own research, especially 2nd PhD work at University of Melbourne)

 

 

English phonology

segmental & non-segmental

 

- University of the South Pacific – Suva, Fiji + distance ed. & satellite teaching

- Pusan University of Foreign Studies – Busan, South Korea

Introduction to linguistics

 

- University of Newcastle, NSW (tutoring)

- University of the South Pacific – Suva, Fiji + distance ed. & satellite teaching

- Pusan University of Foreign Studies – Busan, South Korea

Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language

– methodology and teacher training (including trainee practicums)

 

- University of Newcastle, NSW (Education Faculty)

- Southern Cross University - Lismore NSW (aid project for Solomon Islands teachers)

- Pusan University of Foreign Studies – Busan, South Korea

- Holmes Institute with ZRVTC (joint venture) – Zhengzhou

 China (seminars for Chinese teachers of English)

Historical linguistics

 

 

- University of Newcastle, NSW (tutoring)

 

 

 

 

b) Language Teaching & Related Activities

 

 

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Curriculum Focus

 

Venue  

 

 

 

IELTS and Preparatory English

 

- for Nursing & Business Studies students – needs analysis, curriculum preparation, delivery and assessment; program evaluation for joint venture partners; syllabus development of an English for Nursing program; teaching method seminars for Chinese teachers of English. The program aimed to send Chinese students to Australia.

 

 

- Holmes Institute ( Australia, China) in a joint venture with Zhengzhou Railway Vocational & Technical College, Zhengzhou city, Henan, China

English for Special or Academic Purposes

 

- Business Studies / Surveying / Civil Engineering / Biological Sciences. Needs analysis in close cooperation with specialist subject lecturers, curriculum preparation, delivery and joint assessment with specialist subject lecturers. Emphasis on writing skills, with some student seminar presentation.

 

 

- Adult Migrant Education Service - Melbourne

- University of Technology – Lae, Papua New Guinea

 

English for non-English speaking mechanics

 

- needs analysis, curriculum preparation, delivery and assessment. I also authored and published a book in this field: English for Mechanics

 

 

- Kangan-Batman TAFE – Melbourne

 

General Adult Migrant English - teacher & coordinator

 

- Adult Migrant Education Service – Sydney and Melbourne

- Hunter TAFE – Newcastle

- Australian Red Cross – Newcastle (voluntary teaching for refugees)

- Kangan-Batman TAFE – Melbourne

- Western Metropolitan TAFE – Melbourne

- Northern Metropolitan TAFE – Melbourne

- Box Hill TAFE – Melbourne

 

Industrial/workplace ESL

 

– needs analysis, curriculum preparation, delivery and assessment

 

 

- Adult Migrant Education Service, Melbourne – at a variety of onsite industrial ventures

 

Activity

 

Venue  

 

 

 

 

 

General & Academic English (also called “Practical English”)

 

- for undergraduate and graduate tertiary students including English language majors, non-English majors and teacher trainees. Emphasis on oral and aural skills, plus some note taking. Also some adult community classes in Wuhan.

 

 

 

 

- Wuhan University of Surveying and Mapping (now incl. in Wuhan U.)

- Central China Normal University, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China

- Youngsan University, Busan city, South Korea

- Chungju National University, Chungju city, South Korea

Child TEFL

 

 

- Youngsan University – Busan, South Korea

ELICOS teaching

 

- Adult Migrant Education Service – Sydney and Melbourne

 

Language consultancy

 

- for a mining company

– needs analysis, technical report, pilot program.

 

The brief was to find a way for Indonesian speaking mechanics to comprehend technical service manuals for heavy industrial equipment (bulldozers etc), write basic servicing reports and communicate with English speaking expatriate engineers.

 

 

-        P.T. Koba Tin (a division of Renison Gold Mines), Pulau Banka, Indonesia – on behalf of Kangan-Batman TAFE

 

Language curriculum & resources development

 

- for Solomon Islands Primary school teachers.

 

 

- Southern Cross University – Lismore NSW. This was a foreign aid project, funded from Canberra, and mostly conducted on-site in Lismore where the teachers undertook the program.

Language rescue

 

– Banjalang language. – very basic. See Case Study 7 in my doctoral dissertation.

 

 

- Southern Cross University – Lismore NSW (undertaken at the request of the Aboriginal Studies Unit and funded by a Commonwealth grant)

 

 

Activity

 

Venue  

 

 

 

General Adult Migrant English - teacher & coordinator

 

- Adult Migrant Education Service – Sydney and Melbourne

- Hunter TAFE – Newcastle

- Australian Red Cross – Newcastle (voluntary teaching for refugees)

- Kangan-Batman TAFE – Melbourne

- Western Metropolitan TAFE – Melbourne

- Northern Metropolitan TAFE – Melbourne

- Box Hill TAFE – Melbourne

 

Secondary high school English

 

- in a NZ high school

- standard curriculum, but the students were 75% Polynesian so the ESL component was significant

 

 

- Tangaroa College, East Tamaki, New Zealand

Secondary high school Economics

 

- in a NZ high school

 

- Tangaroa College, East Tamaki, New Zealand

 

 

Some supplementary media

 

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 Thor – debating – 5 January 2015 – Brisbane, Australia 

http://thormay.net/images/thor-gradspeech-pano.jpg

see the video, "The Journey of a Passionate Skeptic " (4 minutes) at http://thormay.net/lxesl/ZZESL_Holmes/zrvtcgraduation2010.htm

 

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see the video, "Teaching English is Fun" (4.5 minutes) at http://thormay.net/docsite/teachingisfun.htm

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see the video, "Born 1945, Still Running Strong" (2.5 minutes) at http://thormay.net/docsite/born1945.htm

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