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April 15, 2024
09:30 UK time
MaWSIG PCE 2024: Looking forward, looking back

Join IATEFL Materials Writing Special Interest Group (MAWSIG) for their 2024 in person Pre-Conference Event on 15 April 2024 - Looking forward, looking back
‘Looking forward, Looking back, we’ve come a long way down the track.’

The immortal words of Slim Dusty form the theme of our 2024 PCE as we celebrate ten years since the first MaWSIG PCE, and consider where materials writing will take us in the future.

On 15 April 2024 in Brighton, our PCE will feature talks and hands-on, interactive workshops that focus on the past, present and future of materials writing/development. We will share ideas on how developments in ELT affect us as materials writers/developers in areas such as:

- digital developments (e.g. multimodal resources, using AI, gamification)
- authenticity
- assessment
- inclusivity
- resources
- materials for specific age groups
- globalisation
- methodology
- world Englishes

Whether you develop materials full time, create materials for your own classroom or are simply interested in materials, join us, either in person or online, for a stimulating and inspiring day!

Lottie Galpin
DEI Consultant, Trainer, Editor & Writer
Lottie Galpin is an Inclusive ELT consultant, trainer, editor and writer. She specialises in representations of mental health, disability, neurodiversity, socio-economic realities, and creating accessible materials. Before moving into publishing 12 years ago, she taught in Austria, China, Spain, Taiwan and the UK.
May 14, 2024
13:00 UK time
No such thing as normal?

The world is wonderfully diverse, but many ELT materials present a 'norm' that fails to reflect this diversity. Why does this happen and how can we avoid perpetuating our own sense of normal in our materials? In this practical session, we'll look at the existing 'norm' of ELT materials, why this persists, and the power this norm holds. We'll also look at five powerful tips for avoiding this norm and making sure your materials reflect the wonderful diversity of the world(s) we live in.

Dr. Armanda Stroia
Dr Armanda Stroia is an experienced EFL teacher, teacher trainer, international conference speaker, and materials developer interested in digital storytelling, multimodality, critical thinking, intercultural competences, digital and emotional literacies. She designs materials to help teachers integrate multimodality into lessons through an award-winning approach to student-generated videos. She is the founder of the Academy of Creators who Teach to Inspire (, where she shares her latest research-based articles, tailored courses, workshops, and free lesson plans.
June 4, 2024
15:00 UK time
(R)evolution of Video Tasks in ELT: New Horizons, Coursebook Realities

Looking back, video has radically reshaped the ELT landscape, shifting from mere comprehension checks to tasks fostering 21st century skills and multimodal literacies. Thus, current pedagogical trends empower students to become active prosumers. Yet, is this shift visible in mainstream localized coursebooks? Gazing into the AI-powered future, we question the role of video tasks.

Rebecca Fenton-Ree and Katherine O'Grady-Bray
Becky is a Qualified Teacher of the Deaf and also works part time as a BSL/English Interpreter. She has been signing for nearly 35 years and has had 20 years teaching experience. She is currently working part time as a Language and Communication Teacher at Oak Lodge (a specialist Deaf and SCLN school in London). She has previously taught at university, college and schools (including experience as a substitute teacher in Los Angeles). Katherine is a Teacher of the Deaf with 20 years of experience ranging from Primary to 6th Form. She has held several senior leadership roles, including Deputy Headteacher and head of 6th form and is currently the Head of the Language Communication Team and KS3 leader. She also holds a NPQH, Masters in Deaf Education and Level 6 BSL. As a Profoundly Deaf, BSL user herself, her experience and knowledge of teaching deaf children is fundamental in supporting D/deaf pupils at Oak Lodge. Katherine and Becky currently consult for Ofqual as the lead experts for the BSL GCSE.
July 2, 2024
16:00 UK time
Considerations for developing language materials for Deaf EAL /BSL learners

Teaching Deaf children who are EAL or are first language British Sign Language (BSL) users require specialist teachers and bespoke resources. This paper will utilise the twenty years teaching experience of three specialists Teacher of the Deaf to state the considerations for making English teaching resources for Deaf children.