Welcome to the Web Site of the Materials Writers (MW) Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT).
教材開発研究部会 (MW) のウェブサイトへようこそ。教材開発研究部会は全国語学教育学会 (JALT) の分野別研究部会 (SIG)の一つです。

SIG Statement of Purpose

The Materials Writers SIG (MW 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.
教材開発研究部会 (MW SIG) は、メンバーが日々の教育の場で得た新しいアイディアを教材にしていく助けとなることを目的に設立されました。著作権に関すること、自費出版を含めた出版に関する実践的なアドバイス、広く一般学習者または特定の授業のためにどうしたらより良い語学教材が作れるか、といったことに関するアイディアを共有しお互いを高め合える部会であることが願いです。教材開発についてもっと知りたい、自分のアイディアを形にしたいという方、入会大歓迎です。一緒に活動しませんか。

Materials Writers SIG Constitution
SIG 教材開発研究部会 会則

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

Dear MW-SIG members,

I hope that the autumn semester is going well for you. It’s just a few weeks until the JALT International Conference. To help you decide which presentations to attend, here is a list of the MW SIG events.

Best wishes,
Adam Murray
MW-SIG Coordinator

Materials Writers SIG Annual General Meeting
Saturday, November 18 - 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM; 202 B

At this meeting, we will elect new officers, report on our activities over the previous year, and discuss ongoing SIG matters. Please plan to attend the AGM – we need your support! If you are considering becoming more active in your SIG, this is the perfect opportunity!

Teaching Materials for Language & Culture Classes
Sunday, November 19 - 12:25 PM - 1:55 PM; 402
Goodmacher, Greg - Keiwa College; Kelly, Curtis - Kansai University; Nagatomo, Diane - Ochanomizu University; Hamada, Mayumi - Ryutsu Kagaku University; Nelson, Forrest - Saitama University; Beuckens, Todd - Asia Pacific University

The Material Writers SIG will host a panel discussion of materials writers who will share how they create teaching materials that develop communication skills and connect Japanese students with our multicultural world. Discussions will include theories and practical tips for publishing such materials. The panel includes authors who have self-published, have published with Japanese companies, and who have published internationally. Discussions will include theories of materials development and practical tips for publishing textbooks.