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,

It’s hard to believe that is now December and the end of the year is quickly approaching. This is just a short message to let you know what is happening in the world of materials.

Contents of this message:

  1. Presentation opportunities
  2. MW SIG Member publication list on materials creation
  3. Links/Articles of interest

Adam Murray
SIG Coordinator 

Presentation opportunities

JALT PanSIG 2018

The upcoming conference will be held in Tokyo at Toyo Gakuen University on May 19-20, 2018. Proposals must be submitted by January 15, 2018. Notifications of final acceptance of proposals will be sent via email between mid-February and early March 2018.  http://pansig.org/cfp


MATSDA / Shanghai International Studies University Conference 2018
L2 Teacher Development Through Materials Development
June 9-10, 2018
Shanghai International Studies University (SISU
Plenary Speakers
Rod Ellis, Alan Maley, Hitomi Masuhara, Dingfang Shu, Brian Tomlinson, Qiufang Wen

Paper Submission
We welcome language teachers, researchers, and educators at all levels around the world to submit proposals of original research or position papers focusing on:
Professional development from:

  • materials development courses or projects
  • localisation of materials
  • institutional materials development
  • teacher evaluation of materials
  • teacher adaptation of materials
  • the teaching of materials
  • using a teacher's book designed to enhance professional development

To submit a proposal of about 200-250 words for a forty minute oral presentation or for a poster presentation please contact: Brian Tomlinson at <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>. For further information about Booking, Accommodation Enquiries and Payment, please visit the conference page on the SCRELE website (http://screle.shisu.edu.cn). For other conference-related inquiries, contact Lyra Si at <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>.

Member Publication List on Materials Creation

As announced earlier in the year, Greg Goodmacher started a database for SIG members to highlight their writing accomplishments. You can view the spreadsheet here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XbtpJcgaSDuBGih33aF4dqqnZed8rntFAUCGvCTijCw To add your materials to the database, complete this Google Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vnCBmoI_0yORzFbkfXJsxce_58-fFzeiwK6rpLpSD40/

This is a great chance to promote your work and to learn what your colleagues are doing.

Links/Articles of Interest  

A short November 2017 blog posting by Penny Ur about the need for materials writers to not forget about the research literature.



Ur’s posting is a reply to series of blog postings by Katherine Bilsborough.




A video of lecture given by Brian Tomlinson on Materials Evaluation and Adaptation in May at Shanghai Center for Research in English Language Education