Tag: Creating materials

Fun things I’ve learnt from writing one ELT coursebook

Fun things I’ve learnt from writing one ELT coursebook

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 … Continue reading Fun things I’ve learnt from writing one ELT coursebook

MaWSIG Meetup – Questions from teachers/writers

MaWSIG Meetup – Questions from teachers/writers

Are you an ELT teacher looking to move into materials writing? This post is for you! On Saturday 14th January, I hosted a Meetup for the Materials Writing Special Interest Group of IATEFL. The idea was to enable some informal networking for anyone in the area who is involved in writing ELT materials. One of … Continue reading MaWSIG Meetup – Questions from teachers/writers

MaWSIG Meetup – Questions from Editors

MaWSIG Meetup – Questions from Editors

On Saturday 14th January, I hosted a Meetup for the Materials Writing Special Interest Group of IATEFL. The idea was to enable some informal networking for anyone in the area who is involved in writing ELT materials. One of the activities we did involved editors/publishers and teachers/writers posing questions for each other on posters, and … Continue reading MaWSIG Meetup – Questions from Editors

Practical advice on developing your own teaching materials

Practical advice on developing your own teaching materials

This week, I've outsourced the discussion question from my Materials Development course. I asked my teacher friends and colleagues: Which ONE piece of advice would you give to a teacher who wanted to create their own classroom materials? My top tip is: First plan the aims you want to achieve with the materials, and use … Continue reading Practical advice on developing your own teaching materials

The Native Factor in ELT Materials

The Native Factor in ELT Materials

On the Materials Design itdi.pro course I'm currently doing, our tutor has prompted us to discuss: When using an authentic audio or video it is important to use only English native speakers? For me, the most problematic word here is 'only'. (Problem #2: Define 'native speaker!) And so my answer would be a flat out No. … Continue reading The Native Factor in ELT Materials

My Principles for Creating ELT Materials

  I make a lot of worksheets and materials available via this blog, which I hope  that many fellow ELT professionals will use and evaluate. In my opinion, though, it's important that anyone who wants to use my materials has some insight into the principles behind my work. I believe Materials for ELT should... be based … Continue reading My Principles for Creating ELT Materials