About Pomaka

Pomaka is a free website supporting English language learners and educators.

This site introduces original content supporting the learning and teaching of English as a second or foreign language.  While a range of topics are covered, there is a particular focus on spoken language, including related vocabulary, phrases, strategies, and pronunciation.  This site also introduces and reviews other online language-learning resources, websites, and apps.

About Paul

The content of this site is created and maintained by Paul McAleese, a foreign language educator based in Japan.  Paul has over 20 years of experience in foreign language education including teaching a range of courses and learner types.  He has also worked in related fields including curriculum and resource development, language testing, and translation.  Paul is currently working as an associate professor in the English language program at a Japanese national university.  He has an MA in Applied Linguistics(distinction) from the University of Birmingham and the Cambridge CELTA(A).  His research interests include spoken discourse, corpus linguistics, and phraseology.  On a personal level, Paul has extensive experience studying languages, including achieving JLPT level 1 in Japanese.