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Welcome to the Web Site of the Materials Writers (MW) Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT). 

SIG Statement of Purpose

The Materials Writers SIG was established for the purpose of helping members to turn fresh teaching ideas into useful classroom materials. We try to be a mutual assistance network, offering information regarding copyright law, sharing practical advice on publishing practices, including self-publication, and suggesting ways to create better language learning materials for general consumption or for individual classroom use.

Materials Writers SIG Constitution

Our constitution was ratified at our AGM at the 2011 JALT International Conference.

Dear Readers,
Allow me to introduce what is likely to be my last issue as Publications Chair of Between the Keys.

We, the Material Writers team, after our individual blurbs, bring you a host of articles in our new-look publication. We kick off with what is going to be a regular column – Local Notes where we interview Japan-based material writers. Our first interview is with Yukari Kasuda who has recently published not just one but two books!

You may remember from a previous issue part one of Richard Walker’s Confessions of a Collaborator. Well worry not; in this edition we bring you the second and concluding part of his account of writing an in-house textbook for use at Reitaku University.

Moving on from that, we finish with a ‘My Share’ from Kinsella Valies in which she explains how to assess student ability to apply listening, speaking and writing strategies studies by having them listen to an English language presentation by a guest speaker.

Finally, allow me to reiterate what Adam has already said; the team are always looking for people who want to get involved with the creation of BtK, either in a chair role or something less demanding. Interested? Contact our coordinator, Adam Murray, without delay!

Thank you for your support over the last eighteen months or so.

James Essex
Publications Chair 

Dear MW-SIG Members,

It seems that we’ve survived rainy season and the summer weather has finally arrived. In this brief message, I’d like to keep everyone informed on the happenings of your SIG. The Between the Keys team is hard at work on the next issue. Expect to receive it in your in-box sometime next month. Of course, we are always looking for quality submissions. If you or one of your colleagues have something of interest, please don’t hesitate to contact us. One of the biggest changes is open access to every issue of BtK from the current issue 24(1) back to 9(3) – way back in 2001!

Contents of this message:
1. JALT2016
2. Links/Articles of Interest

1. JALT2016
Although JALT2016 (November 25 – 28) feels to be in the distant future, now is the time start thinking about your accommodation and transportation arrangements. It is now possible to make your hotel bookings with JALT’s official travel agent.

Greg Goodmacher, our Program Chair has organized an exciting SIG Forum, “Materials Writers Forum: Writing & Publishing” on Sunday, November 27 from 1:05 PM to 2:35 PM in Room 1208.

An important SIG-related event at the conference is the SIG’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will be held on Sunday, November 27 from 11:35 AM to 12:20 PM in Room 1208. Please try to make time to attend this important meeting. It not only gives you a rare opportunity to see/meet other SIG members face-to-face, but it also helps with the planning of SIG activities for the upcoming year.

Speaking of meeting up with SIG members, I would really like to organize a SIG social event sometime during the conference. I’d really appreciate it if a Nagoya-savvy member would contact me (off list) about possible locations for a get-together.

Finally, if you know of events that would be of interest to everyone (including and most importantly, your presentations), please send me an email with the details. I’d be more than happy to share them in these email messages!

2. Links/Articles of Interest
A short article by Fiona Mauchline about choosing topics for textbooks intended for teenagers. It would be great if we could collect similar information from Japanese young people!

An article by Veronika Moiseenko about learner-created materials. She shares five activities which she used with various levels of university students.

I hope that the end of the semester goes smoothly for everyone!

Yours in service,
Adam Murray

Friday Nov 25th - Monday Nov 28th