Upcoming events

Our current series of webinars is called “MaWSIG meets…” and each webinar is being co-hosted with one of our sister SIGs. The webinars will explore Kath Bilsborough’s “five wishes” for the future of ELT materials, which she presented at IATEFL 2019, and provide ideas, inspiration and practical tips on the various areas of materials creation. All of our webinars are free to join here.

There is no need to register.

MaWSIG meets BESIG, 6th December 2019, 2 pm UK time

Making Materials that reflect learner realities 

By John Hughes

When it comes to making materials which reflect learner realities, we Business English teachers and writers tend to think we’re better at it that most other strands of ELT. After all, it’s what we do! We carry out needs analysis, we tailor make the materials, and we adjust the courses to suit changing needs. But can Business English really be so complacent? In fact, are we just as guilty at making materials which – as Kath Bilsborough suggests (IATEFL, 2019) – are far removed from our learners’ realities?

In this webinar, I’d like to explore this question by taking a historical look at Business English materials and consider when – in the past – materials writers have got it right (and reflected learner realities) and when they have got it very wrong. We’ll begin back in the fifteenth century and travel through materials from the last five hundred years arriving at the present day. We’ll also take a look at the evolving definition of Business English and how this has shaped the materials we use today and consider how future materials might do a better job at reflecting learner realities.

At the end of this historical tour, I’ll conclude by suggesting that the fundamental skills of the Business English teacher and materials writers are really quite timeless. And that if we truly want to reflect learner realities, we need to view materials writing as three-way co-creative process between the materials writer, the teacher and the learner.

John Hughes has written well over 50 titles including course books and teacher resources. He has been involved as an author on a variety of Business English books including the six-level series Business Result (Oxford), the exam course Success with BEC (National Geographic Learning) and the resource book ETpedia Business English which received BESIG’s David Riley Award for Innovation in Business English and ESP. He specializes in training teachers in materials writing and has lectured on the subject at Oxford University. His website is http://www.johnhugheselt.com




Wednesday 11th December, 7-10.30pm, The Wig and Pen, Oxford

Tickets are now available for the joint ELT Freelancers & IATEFL MaWSIG Christmas party! Early bird ticket price until 3 December inc.
Fiona and Nick from MaWSIG, and Jemma and Helen from ELT Freelancers will all be at this event, which will be a fun and festive way to meet up with other writers, editors, authors and publishers.
Fizz on the door, food and fun included in the price. Starts at 7pm, food from 8. Plenty for non-meat eaters.
Tickets on sale until 10th December: https://www.iatefl.org/events/57

Tickets also available on the door but please book in advance if you can!

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