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.

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.


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 ( 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: To add your materials to the database, complete this Google Form:

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教授英语教材教法系列讲座.mp4