Malcolm Benson was born in England but educated in Ireland (Kilkenny College and Trinity College, Dublin). He is a Professor at Hiroshima Shudo University, Japan, where he has taught English, Applied Linguistics, and Culture courses since 1987. His earlier experiences included teaching English in Zambia, England, Kenya, and Saudi Arabia. He holds a Ph.D. from Florida State University. His current interest in the history of language teaching in part derives from these varied language-teaching experiences.