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.  On a personal level, Paul has extensive experience studying languages, including achieving JLPT level 1 in Japanese. He is currently working as an associate professor in the foreign language program at a Japanese national university.  Paul 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.