MaWSIG at IATEFL Manchester 2020

Are you looking for MaWSIG-related events at IATEFL?



  • On XXXXXXXXXX April, we’re having our PCE Download a PDF of the timetable for the day here.
  • On Thursday 4th April, we have our SIG Showcase. See pages 142-178 of the conference programme. This is a day of talks, selected by the MaWSIG committee, which have special relevance to the SIG. (details below). This includes the MaWSIG Open Forum, which provides an opportunity to meet the MaWSIG committee, to learn about our activities and future plans, and to find out how you can become involved.
  • Of course, there are many other talks throughout the conference with special relevance to MaWSIG members. Look out the MaW symbol next to talks in your conference programme.

We look forward to seeing you in Liverpool!

Creative Arts and Materials Writing, 1st April 2019, LITSIG/MaWSIG PCE, IATEFL Liverpool

Most teachers who use texts taken from the arts – be they literary, visual or musical – create activities to accompany them, and many of these teachers create materials for publication, or would like to know more about how to do this. Similarly, professional materials writers often incorporate creative materials into their publications, or would like to explore how to do so. This joint event between LitSIG and MaWSIG is, therefore, a marvellous opportunity to share expertise and experience.

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Our confirmed speakers for the day are:

David Crystal
Language BLANK Literature: from Conjunction to Preposition

The study of language and the study of literature have long been separated and are often treated as if they were antagonistic domains, both in mother-tongue and in foreign-language teaching. This talk argues for the integration of the two domains, by focusing on the notion of linguistic creativity which underlies both, and providing performance illustrations from several literary genres.


Christina Klein Wolf and Eduardo Wolf
Shakespeare for language and literature students: choosing extracts, designing materials

We will briefly discuss the principles that underlie our approach to designing materials to teach Shakespeare to language and literature students.  We will argue that a focus on contextualization, close reading, and independent study can provide a solid basis for the design of engaging materials for upper-intermediate and advanced learners which foster language awareness, critical thinking, and creativity. Participants will engage in a couple of hands-on activities and we will suggest some further reading.

Cheryl Palin
Taking a leaf out of the books of great writers

Which ELT materials writer does not love to read? Cheryl hasn’t met one yet. Whether our passion is for poetry or prose, we all delight in the written word. What, then, might we learn from the well-known writers we admire? Cheryl will explore the advice of great writers on their craft, highlighting ways that we might seek inspiration and nurture creativity, choose content and discover our niche, and develop the habits of our literary heroes.

Alan Pulverness
BritLit: Teachers doing it for themselves

The British Council’s BritLit project (2003-2013) aimed to engage learners as readers and teachers as materials writers. BritLit involved teachers from Portugal, Spain, Italy, India and Russia developing materials – not lesson plans, but ‘kits’ from which users can make appropriate selections. This talk will draw on examples from the wealth of material still available online, suggesting approaches for writing materials for bringing literature into the EFL classroom and sharing some of the work produced by the teachers inspired by BritLit.

Hania Krystyna Bociek
The art of it all…. Paintings to inspire your material

Taking a leaf out of Thornbury and Medding’s “unplugged” approach, this session will highlight how learner interaction with paintings can inspire the materials created for/used in your classroom, in both a f2f and digital/virtual environment. We shall consider a series of paintings and invite them to inspire the language we target and the emotions we wish to express. Creativity is in the eye of the beholder …

The workshop will provide practical ideas for both newcomers to English through art and those who are already inspired users. Referring to English Through Art (Helbling, 2011) it will also suggest to writers how art can be incorporated into their material.

Alice Savage & Walton Burns
Play with Language: Teaching Communication Skills with Theatre and Video Scripts

Scripts such as plays and videos are a natural resource for teaching speaking skills. Unlike textbook dialogues, often written to highlight vocabulary or grammar, scripts often use natural language and realistic contexts to teach the “hidden” language of pragmatics. Pragmatics refers to the tools we use to do things with words. It includes use of intonation, gesture, implicit meanings, and expressions that signal intentions or emotions. Participants will work with plays and videos and come away with lesson plan options and resources.

Helen Holwill & Nicola Prentis
How to write Graded Readers (a.k.a. Get paid to write fiction)

Have you used Graded Readers and ever wondered who writes them and if you could do it, too? Being a fan of literature and adapting classics is one way in, writing original fiction is another. But who do you contact and how do you write a successful proposal? We will explore how Readers are selected and produced, and give you invaluable insights about how to get your foot in the door.

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The MaWSIG Showcase, Saturday 18th April

Forum on Research informing materials writing

Materials design in English teacher education: a neglected craft
Luis Carabantes (University College London)
In this talk, I will present part of my doctoral research, which tackles the design of ELT materials by a group of pre-service teachers in Chile. Qualitative data I collected from pre-service teachers, teacher educators and school teachers reveals a tendency to underplay the language learners’ capabilities, contributing to a ‘dumbing down’ of English language teaching.

Corpus and CLIL: a possible integration?
Andrea Geroldo dos Santos (University of Sao Paulo – Brazil)
This talk presents academic research based on how CLIL (content and language integrated learning) materials may be designed, taking Corpus Linguistics principles into consideration. It also demonstrates how the results of this research have been put into practice by providing examples of lexical and grammatical activities integrated with relevant content topics.

An evidence-based re-evaluation of second language listening pedagogy
Jane Ward & Colin Campbell (University of Reading)
Materials based on new, large-scale research into second language listener behaviour were designed and piloted in a university pre-sessional context. This talk reports three features: the results of the research and its psycholinguistic theoretical underpinning; the design of the materials; and the results of the classroom research piloting the materials. A review of teaching methods and materials are called for.

12.05-12.35, Room 11b
Integrating soft skills in materials for early years
Jen Dobson (Freelance)
Most early-childhood teachers instinctively understand the value of social competencies and how to nurture them. However, how far are these an integral part of our pre-primary ELT courses? We will determine what these essential character skills are and give practical ways of ensuring their successful implementation in our programmes, whether supplementing existing ones, or writing our own.

12.50-13.20, Room 11b
How to survive as an independent author

Robert Howard (Independent Authors & Publishers)
“If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound?” An age-old question. Today, if an author writes a book which no one reads, is it a success? Today’s technology makes it easier to self-publish, but authors need solid, proven advice to help them successfully bring their work to market. I’ll share tips and methods to help you.

14.20-15.05, Room 11b
What (SLA) principles are reflected in your classroom materials?

Marina Bouckaert (Fontys University of Applied Sciences)
Do you, like many language teachers, create materials to supplement or even replace the coursebook? This workshop focuses on the potential ways in which SLA principles are reflected in teachers’ materials. Following the methodological approach of my EdD research, participants will exchange materials, explore their own pedagogic principles, and learn to make use of them in their own professional context.

15.20-15.50, Room 11b
IATEFL Materials Writing Special Interest Group Open Forum: Exploring ways to create better materials
The MaWSIG Open Forum provides an opportunity to meet the MaWSIG committee, to learn about our activities and future plans, and to find out how you can become involved. Whether you write for publication or for your own classes, come along and meet other writers and publishing professionals. Everyone welcome – you don’t need to be a MaWSIG member to attend.

16.20-16.50, Room 11b
Adapting museum education resources for language learning

Sylvia Karastathi (New York College, Greece)
This talk will introduce valuable resources for creating visual literacy tasks sourced from major museums and galleries. Exploring the work that museum education departments do to deepen the engagement with their image collections, this talk will suggest ways teachers can adapt these image resources and related texts for language learning contexts in order to develop original materials.

17.05-17.50, Room 3a
How to create interactive online tasks
Jill Hadfield (Freelance)
Do you want to learn how to create communicative online tasks? In this very practical hands-on workshop, I will present seven different formats for online interaction and give participants a toolkit for designing their own online tasks. Participants will then have an opportunity to try designing their own tasks and to discuss and trial them with others.

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