His work on intercultural language education engages with the roles curriculum development and classroom tasks play in the development of intercultural communicative competence. He is increasingly interested in the interaction between intercultural language education and professionalism in domains such as medicine and tourism. He is the author of An Intercultural Approach to English Language Teaching (Multilingual Matters, 2003), Intercultural Language Activities (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and (with Peih-ying Lu) of English in Medicine: An Intercultural Approach to Teaching Language and Values (Multilingual Matters, 2012). He has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters, including (with Wendy Anderson and Alison Phipps) discussions of intercultural language learning in virtual communities. He was editor of the indexed journal Language and Intercultural Communication between 2004-9. While he works in Asia, he also has strong links with Brazil, and, with Andrea Assenti del Rio, he manages a BrazTESOL Special Interest Group on Intercultural Language Education on Facebook.
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