Richard Walker and Loran Edwards write about the trials and tribulations of writing a textbook. Loran takes us on her personal journey of publishing her own textbook with a major publisher, something I am sure many members of this SIG have thought about as they search for a ‘best fit’ for their own classes.

Likewise, Richard’s article looks at the writing of an in-house textbook for an academic speaking class in his university, perhaps also suggesting that if the ‘best fit’ cannot be found, create it.

If you too have not yet found the best fit, and you have yet to embark upon the writing of your own textbook, then Jim Smiley’s article, which introduces us to differentiated instruction through tiered rubrics will no doubt provide food for thought as we embark upon the new academic year, entering into the unknown when it comes to unstreamed classes.

Dear MW-SIG Members,
 
I'd like to take this chance to introduce myself. My name is Adam Murray and I am the new coordinator. I’m currently based at Miyazaki International College in sunny southern Kyushu. (Some of you may be familiar with Miyazaki city because it was the site of the 2014 PanSIG Conference). Like most educators, I am continually making supplementary materials to provide additional support for my students. Until now, I have limited experience with commercially published textbooks. I have been involved with piloting and I co-authored a niche classroom-use textbook with Pearson Kirihara a few years ago. Recently, I have been interested in the development of listening materials.
 
Despite the ubiquitous nature of classroom materials, quality materials are an important part of each teacher's toolbox. As coordinator, I would like to make sure that the MW-SIG continues to provide a quality service to not only the members, but also to the foreign language teaching community as a whole. 
 
In the next couple of weeks, I am planning to send the membership a description of what I would like to accomplish in the upcoming year. I look forward to meeting you at upcoming events.
 
In your service,
Adam Murray