I've been working from home for exactly a month now. I've left the house about five times in that period and during the day I'm on my own here. I've been inundated with emails from students and colleagues, and phone calls and online meetings, as you'd expect. But just over a week ago, I noticed … Continue reading Writing/Working at home – Less is more
Tag: materials writing
Last week, we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr Betty Lanteigne from LCC Klaipeda as a guest lecturer at the university where I work. She gave a talk in our 'English Linguists Circle' with the title "Unscrambling jumbled sentences: An authentic task for English language assessment?" and it got me thinking about several questions... and … Continue reading Jumbled sentences: An authentic ELT task?
We've all been there, haven't we? We desperately want (or need!) to get something finished - an article, a manuscript, a set of materials, whatever we're writing - but our brain just feels bereft of any ideas or information. Either that, or our grey cells are buzzing, but shooting around so many random thoughts that … Continue reading Writers’ Block Busters
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
I'm not convinced that avoiding PARSNIP topics at all costs makes for engaging materials. As I see it, it should be a case of considering HOW and from which angle, not just WHAT topic is covered. It's more important how you serve the parsnips!
Finally it is the last week of our semester here, which started in October. It's been a long, hard slog, but we've made it! But the final week of term is a weird one. We still have classes, most of which are revision sessions or tests, and we have to make sure we get all … Continue reading Revision Week for my Materials
Today, at the TEASIG / CRELLA conference in Luton, I had the pleasure of hearing two talks by Dr John Field. He was focussing on creating L2 listening tests, but a lot of what he said will be useful for those of us writing ELT listening materials for teaching, too! Based on what John talked … Continue reading Common problems with common listening tasks
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 … Continue reading An iatefl quickie – Writing Methodology Notes
A very quick summary of some key points from Sue Kay's talk, "The genuine article (you couldn't make it up)", presented at iatefl 2017 on 4th April. Questions to ask when choosing a text: Will it interest and engage learners? Can learners relate it to their own lives? Is it age-appropriate? Can learners learn (well … Continue reading An iatefl quickie – Choosing & Using Authentic Texts
This is my first post from Glasgow as a registered iatefl online blogger! And it's about the first talk I attended at the conference - A talk by Katherine Bilsborough as part of the MaWSIG SIG day. In this interesting and inspirng talk, Kath talked us through a small investigation of some principles of ELT … Continue reading Principles of ELT Materials Writing