I’ve recently read (am a bit slow) this post https://eltplanning.com/2018/08/03/materials-writer-elt/ and one point really stood out to me – about how being interested in lots of things is helpful for materials writers. And as I’m just going through the proof stage of a book I’ve co-written, it made me reflect on the interesting things I’ve learnt about while writing one ELT book. They include:
– foodsharing and carsharing – justifications and legal issues
– reasons for vegetariansm and other dietary choices
– Shakespeare’s legacy / influence on the English we use today, plus the fact that there is a computer game based (loosely) on Hamlet!
– tiny homes and motivations for minimalist lifestyles
– crazy competitions from around the world
– details on the origins of many holidays and the associated traditions (Halloween, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, Chrismukkah,…)
– training for a marathon & health benefits of running over other sports
– origins of sports idioms
– how to fake a news story and a photo of monsters/freaks of nature/other unidentifiable objects – yes really!
– how to carve an onion into a flower – though I have to admit I’ve not yet had an occasion to try this out!
Writing this book has had an effect on my own life and lifestyle; I can only hope the future students find the topics as engaging!
What about you? Have you researched something to make language teaching materials and learnt something new that’s changed your life?