Tuesday 4 March 2014
1830 - 2030 | Venue: British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2BN
More than just a worksheet: How to write effective classroom materials
Many teachers produce their own materials, either from necessity or to provide something more
tailored to the needs of their students. However, writing materials for a whole lesson, which really
engage the learners and focus effectively on language, is quite a challenge. Teachers learn through
experience, but are rarely given much support or training in this area.
In this session the presenter will consider how our beliefs about language learning can (and should)
impact on our materials, and start to explore what some of these beliefs might be. She will then look
at a simple recipe or template (based on Hutchinson and Waters 1987) for producing complete
lessons, and consider a variety of do’s and don'ts taken from her experience as a professional
materials writer. The seminar will comprise plenty of practical examples and participants will carry out
a number of short tasks.
Who is this for?
ELT or ESOL teachers interested in creating their own materials, or improving the quality of the
materials they are already creating.
Participants will go away with a checklist of things to consider when writing materials, and hopefully,
increased confidence their ability to do so.
Since 1989 Rachael has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer in ELT and ESOL
contexts. She currently spends most of her time writing, but still teaches on an ad-hoc basis. She
also has a website (www.elt-resourceful.com), and posts on different aspects of materials writing and
1830 – 1900 Welcome and refreshments
1900 – 2000 More than just a worksheet: How to write effective classroom materials with Rachael
2000 – 2030 Networking reception
Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss global job opportunities with
the British Council.
Every seminar is free of charge, however places are limited.
The British Council Seminar Series takes place across the UK, including once a month in London. The seminars are intended to provoke debate and discussion on current issues in English Language teaching and can contribute to the continuing professional development of English Language teachers based in, or visiting, the United Kingdom.
Every seminar is free of charge and includes the opportunity to network with fellow ELT practitioners.
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