Upcoming events

Thursday 14th December, 6.30pm, Oxford, UK

If you’re based in the south-east of the UK, don’t miss this year’s Christmas Party. Join us for fun, food and drink from 6.30 pm in the upstairs function room of the Jericho Tavern: 56 Walton St, Oxford OX2 6AE – just a 10-minute walk from Oxford train station. Pit your wits against the best brains in ELT in our Christmas competition! Catch up with friends, and network with colleagues old and new!

Tickets include a glass of bubbles on arrival and finger food and are available here.

Members and non-members welcome.


9-11 March 2018, Madrid, TESOL Spain

MaWSIG has a special strand running all day on March 10th at this event at Universidad Complutense de Madrid’s Faculty of Education. More information about the convention and registration can be found on TESOL-Spain’s website.

The schedule for the MaWSIG strand on Saturday 10th March 2018 is:

9.00 – 10.30 Clare Maas
How can research inform our ELT materials writing?
10.45 – 11.45 Jo Tomlinson & Fiona Aish
The art of task construction
12.15 – 13.45 TESOL Spain AGM
13.00 – 14.00 Do Coyle (Plenary talk)
Pluriliteracies at the heart of learning
14.00 – 15.30 Lunch break
15.30 – 16.30 Katherine Bilsborough
A DIY guide to excellent tailor-made primary materials
17.00 – 18.00 Amanda McLoughlin
Creating critical thinking activities for the English classroom
18.15 – 19.15 Jen Dobson & Michelle Worgan
Becoming an independent ELT writer

If you have any questions about the MaWSIG strand at this event, please feel to contact our Joint Events Coordinator, Clare Maas (claremmaas@gmail.com).


9 April 2018, IATEFL Brighton Pre-Conference Event

This year the theme of the Pre-Conference Event in Brighton is ‘Writing For The World’.

A shift is happening in ELT: the sector is developing a clearer understanding of who our students are, where they are, and what they need. No longer is the focus purely on a limited range of learners and settings. This PCE will examine the implications this has for materials writers. To what extent do ELT materials reflect the global use of the language?

Do our materials sufficiently exploit the skills brought by teachers who share a first language with their students? How can materials meet the specific needs of learners and do we consider what these might be enough? How can we prepare truly global materials for the world we live in?

Whether you are a publisher, published writer, editor or focus on writing materials for your own classes, the MAWSIG 2018 PCE will be a day of learning, sharing, and networking with a wide range of people from the ELT materials writing community. Hear experts in their field giving insights into new challenges and new ways of thinking about materials development.

For more details about the event and the conference, visit this page.

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