A very quick summary of some key points from Scott Thornbury‘s talk “Writing Methodology Texts” on 4th April at iatefl 2017.
He surveyed methodology book writers to gain some insight into what makes such texts most useful for teachers, much of which applies to writing any kinds of teaching notes or rubrics! The key points are:
- Be careful not oversimplify or ‘dumb down’ research or theories when making the key implications accessible to teachers.
- Keep a practical focus, but include a clear rationale, e.g. use research findings to validate suggested practice.
- Avoid an overly formal or academic tone.
- Allow the voice of your own experience in the classroom to shine through.
- Aim to present options and alternatives, not prescriptions.
- Be sensitive to trends in ELT and aware of any weaknesses.
- Appreciate that no one can know better what will work in a particular class than the teacher who is actually in that classroom!
- Remember that you have a responsibility to promote standards of good practice.