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 days until the JALT International Conference. To help you decide which presentations to attend, here is a list of the MW SIG events and presentations that will be given by SIG members. Attached is the latest issue of Between the Keys (compressed e-mail format). A higher quality version will be posted on the website when the site is updated after the conference.

Hope to see you all in Nagoya!

Best wishes,
Adam Murray
MW-SIG Coordinator


11:45 AM – 1:15 PM 1104 (MW-SIG Forum)
Collaboration in Materials Writing – Lindsay Wells, Walter Davies, Simon Fraser, Mayumi Hamada, Takahiro Imakado, Richard Walker
As materials creators, much of our work is collaborative in nature. Collaboration enriches our work and is often necessary in order to turn our ideas into concrete materials. However, it can be difficult for collaborators to find a common vision, meld different skill sets and working styles, and come to an agreement on various details. In this year's forum, panelists with backgrounds in publishing, writing, and research will share their experiences and give valuable advice.

1:30 PM – 1:55 PM 905 (Meeting)
Materials Writers SIG Annual General Meeting
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!


12:45 – 1:10 PM 1009 (Short Presentation)
Learner Use of Photo Editing Software in Classes – Marcus Grandon
Learners often use photo editing software to create multimedia projects in language classrooms. Yet little is understood about learner attitudes toward such software or ways in which such lessons unfold. This presentation explores both of these areas through a classroom research project that uncovers emergent themes from the use of photo editing software in CLIL-based university courses. Results demonstrate elements of learner agency and teacher efficacy through the remixing of images.

3:15 PM – 4:45 PM 1002 (Poster)
Independent Publishing Guide – John Carle
Participants can talk to independent textbook writer and publisher, John Carle, writing under the pen name, Jon Charles. Topics include initial concepts, desktop publishing, images, audio, Creative Commons, ISBNs, editing, printing, websites, advertising, sales, and distribution. The presenter will share advice on what to do and what to avoid, and the benefits and the downsides of being an independent writer and publisher. To view the website, search: The English Gym Japan.

3:15 PM – 4:45 PM 1002 (Poster)
Self-Publishing a Textbook: Reflections and Advice – Stephen Paton
After spending months single-handedly producing a 72-page textbook for my university speaking classes, I created a list of five things I was glad to have done right from the outset, and five things I wish I'd anticipated before starting. The poster will give first-hand advice on how to plan, write, and design a textbook for self-publishing, and hopefully be of help to any teachers who are considering embarking on such an undertaking themselves.

4:25 PM – 4:50 PM 1106 (Short Presentation)
Engaging the World From the English Classroom – Junko Chujo
This study presents an in-class project which developed Japanese university English learners' willingness to communicate. Students selected one edible foreign item as representative of a nation and conducted poster presentations to share their mini-research findings with peers. Based on the results of each survey item, this study analyzes why one simple project had such a positive influence on learners' affective variables and describes the design and development of the project.

5:35 PM – 6:35 PM 1106 (Workshop)
A Practical Approach to Textbook Writing – Andrew Bennett
When writing a textbook, the goal is to create a course that facilitates an effective and enjoyable learning experience. Careful planning, writing, and editing are all important stages in the process. This workshop will cover the core elements of the textbook writing process, using real-world examples and lessons learned from 25 years in the field. The workshop's aim is to provide helpful tips and strategies for new and experienced authors.

3:25 PM – 3:50 PM 1203 (Short Workshop)
Changes in Japanese EFL Conversation Book Topics – Diane Nagatomo
The grammatical and lexical level of EFL students in Japan today is generally lower than in the past, but study content has become meatier. Previous conversation books included topics dealing mainly with student life from an American perspective (e.g. dating, watching movies). Topics are now shifting to include diverse global issues. This presentation will introduce a new topic-based conversation book that will help low-level college students practice the basics while engaging in critical thinking.