Upcoming MaWSIG events

PCE Warm-Up Webinar:
Check, check, check – A checklist to develop materials based on storybooks
by Ana Clara Castilho Ramos

Tuesday 28th March, 14:00-15:00 UTC
(not 15:00 UTC as previously advertised)

Join IATEFL Materials Writing Special Interest Group (MaWSIG) for this online event.

Teaching early years requires a specific set of skills, and materials for this age group should reflect the young learners’ holistic and language needs. Accordingly, there are many benefits to using picture books and story-based materials. This talk aims at presenting a checklist with a blend of practical and theoretical insights into how to develop effective materials based on storybooks. We will explore the principles and beliefs used in the design of the checklist, and how you can use it to produce your own materials for young EFL learners.

Ana Clara has over 10 years of experience in ELT as a teacher, teacher educator and materials writer. She specialises in pre-primary and primary education, and working with picture books is her true passion.

About the series: PCE Warm-Up Webinars

In this short series of webinars, we’re warming up for our hybrid PCE (see below!) We’ll be hearing from speakers around the world who are involved in different ways in developing ELT materials that are not your standard student’s books. We’re planning to host one webinar a month until the IATEFL conference – so check our website and social media for details. Join us for free to gain practical ideas and inspiration on ELT materials writing!

Register at https://www.iatefl.org/events/430 or click the button below.
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MaWSIG Pre-Conference Event (PCE) 2023:

Materials creation: More than just the student’s book

Monday 17th April 2023, 10:00-17:00 UK time

Join IATEFL Materials Writing Special Interest Group (MaWSIG) for our hybrid 2023 Pre-Conference Event on 17 April 2023.

When considering learning materials, it’s easy to focus on the student’s book, and to overlook the fact that materials creation involves a wide variety of other components. In our 2023 PCE, we’re exploring other aspects of our work, including the various elements of a coursebook package, learner reference materials, materials that teachers write for their own classrooms, and resources that learners access through social media. In fact, we’ll be talking about everything but the student’s book!  

These are some of the key questions we are hoping to answer:

  • What skills are involved in developing different material types?
  • What principles underlie this area of materials creation?
  • How do the materials reflect current thinking on teaching and learning?
  • How might someone get involved in this type of materials creation?
  • What are your top tips for creating these materials?

The day will be packed with talks on the approaches that materials developers take in different contexts. We will cover a range of materials that supplement, extend or even replace the student’s book. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking throughout the day. 

This will be a hybrid event. Participants will be able to join us in person or via Zoom on the PCE day. They will also be able to access recordings of the sessions after the PCE.

We look forward to seeing you there. Spaces are limited so be sure to register early. Please note that online booking closes on 6th April 2023 at 16:00 UK time.

Past events

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