Dear MW-SIG Members,

It seems that we’ve survived rainy season and the summer weather has finally arrived. In this brief message, I’d like to keep everyone informed on the happenings of your SIG. The Between the Keys team is hard at work on the next issue. Expect to receive it in your in-box sometime next month. Of course, we are always looking for quality submissions. If you or one of your colleagues have something of interest, please don’t hesitate to contact us. One of the biggest changes is open access to every issue of BtK from the current issue 24(1) back to 9(3) – way back in 2001!

Contents of this message:
1. JALT2016
2. Links/Articles of Interest

1. JALT2016
Although JALT2016 (November 25 – 28) feels to be in the distant future, now is the time start thinking about your accommodation and transportation arrangements. It is now possible to make your hotel bookings with JALT’s official travel agent.

Greg Goodmacher, our Program Chair has organized an exciting SIG Forum, “Materials Writers Forum: Writing & Publishing” on Sunday, November 27 from 1:05 PM to 2:35 PM in Room 1208.

An important SIG-related event at the conference is the SIG’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will be held on Sunday, November 27 from 11:35 AM to 12:20 PM in Room 1208. Please try to make time to attend this important meeting. It not only gives you a rare opportunity to see/meet other SIG members face-to-face, but it also helps with the planning of SIG activities for the upcoming year.

Speaking of meeting up with SIG members, I would really like to organize a SIG social event sometime during the conference. I’d really appreciate it if a Nagoya-savvy member would contact me (off list) about possible locations for a get-together.

Finally, if you know of events that would be of interest to everyone (including and most importantly, your presentations), please send me an email with the details. I’d be more than happy to share them in these email messages!

2. Links/Articles of Interest
A short article by Fiona Mauchline about choosing topics for textbooks intended for teenagers. It would be great if we could collect similar information from Japanese young people!

An article by Veronika Moiseenko about learner-created materials. She shares five activities which she used with various levels of university students.

I hope that the end of the semester goes smoothly for everyone!

Yours in service,
Adam Murray
Dear MW-SIG members,
It seems that spring has finally come! In my part of the country, the plum blossoms are in full bloom and the cherry blossoms will soon be making their appearance. Of course, that means that new academic year is just around the corner. Without further ado, here’s a short message to keep you informed of the happenings of your SIG.

Yours in Service,
Adam Murray
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Contents of this message:
1. Future SIG Programming
2. Presentation Opportunity
3. Links/Articles of Interest

1. Future SIG Programming
A short message from Greg Goodmacher, our Programs Chair:
Hello MW Members,
Our Materials Writing SIG is looking for presenters to join a round robin style presentation at the next national JALT conference. In such a forum, a number of people, give short presentations at tables arranged in different sections of one large room. Each presenter has a MW-related topic that he or she thinks is important. Audience members can choose which presenter they wish to speak with. After a time period (usually 15 minutes), members of the audience move to another table, and presenters alternate, too.

At the start of the forum, each person gives a one-minute introduction to what they will present. The audience listens and decides which person to listen to. Then we start. At the end of the forum, there can be summaries of what transpired, if time allows. If you are interested, please me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Adam Murray (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your proposed title and a short summary of 50 words or so. The deadline is April 20th.

Sincerely,
Greg Goodmacher

2. Back to School Conference (co-hosted with Osaka Chapter)
April 23 at Osaka Jogakuin University
Still in the early planning stages, the MW-SIG will be co-sponsoring this mini-conference. For members located in the Osaka area (and those who are interested in visiting/presenting there), there are plenty of presentation slots of available: poster, 25-minute, 45-minute, and 60-minute. The deadline for short presentation abstracts (60 words or less) is March 31. The proposal submission form can be found here at: http://tinyurl.com/zvcmezz

3. On the IATEFL MaWSIG’s website is a guest post by Marcos Benevides, our featured speaker for the upcoming JALT conference about writing graded readers. http://mawsig.iatefl.org/?p=2486

Another excellent posting on John Hughes’ blog about writing dialogues and scripts. http://elteachertrainer.com/2016/03/18/a-five-minute-history-of-script-writing-in-elt-materials/ It is an excerpt from a series of affordable e-books published by ELT Teacher 2 Writer http://www.eltteacher2writer.co.uk/modules/modules-available-now