Dr. Jack C Richards is an applied linguist, writer, and teacher trainer. He is the author of Springboard as well as New Person to Person, Tactics for Listening and Listen for It. He has also written scholarly articles for numerous professional journals.

Dr. Richards is currently affiliated with the South East Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Regional Language Centre in Singapore where he teaches candidates for the Diploma in TESL and the MA in Applied Linguistics issued by the National University of Singapore.