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,

The latest issue of Between the Keys is now online. If you are interested in making a submission for an upcoming issue, please see the Submissions Guidelines and Information on the SIG’s website: http://materialswriters.org/joomla/index.php/publications

Presentation opportunities

First, we are pleased to announce that we will be co-sponsoring the 2019 OKINAWA JALT Summer Language Teaching Symposium held in Naha from June 21-23. In addition, we will be sponsoring Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto as a featured speaker. The conference committee is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations, short presentations, and workshops. The deadline for submissions is March 15, so submit your proposals soon.  For more details about the symposium, please visit the conference website www.tinyurl.com/okinawa2019 and check out the advertisement on the final page of this issue of Between the Keys.

Second, many of you are probably already aware of the theme for JALT 2019: Teacher Efficacy, Learner Agency. The former involves a collective vision for and confidence in student progress. The latter entails allowing students to take charge of their own learning. These two concepts should inform the process of creating teaching materials, but how?

We would love to hear our SIG members’ take on these issues in our SIG Forum at JALT 2019. We especially welcome contributions that relate to topics such as: collaboration in creating materials, materials that encourage students to take ownership of their learning, materials that promote critical thinking, fostering a mindset of efficacy in teachers through materials, involving students in creating materials, involving other teachers in creating materials, understanding the needs and goals of local schools and publishers, etc.

All SIG members are welcome to participate. This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and work with a wider audience and gain valuable presenting experience. If you are interested in participating in the Forum, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 1.

Call for reviews (from the Language Teacher)

The Language Teacher is always looking for people to submit book reviews, and she thought that many of our SIG members might be interested in that. In addition, if any of our SIG members have published materials and would like to submit them for review, they can do that by contacting Julie Kimura. The contact information is listed in The Language Teacher as follows:

Email for submitting book reviews (column editors: Robert Taferner & Stephen Case): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website regarding TLT book reviews: http://jalt-publications.org/tlt/departments/book-reviews

Email for inquiries regarding available books to review or submitting books for review: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Address for submitting materials for review:

Julie Kimura
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences,Mukogawa Women's University, 11-68 Koshien
Kyuban-cho, Nishinomiya, Hyogo 663-8179,