Dear MW-SIG members,
I hope that everyone had a nice Golden Week and is ready to go for the next part of the semester. Although it is still in the planning stages, it looks like the MW Forum at JALT2016 will be an excellent event. I am happy to report that a lot of our members will be involved. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in your SIG. Please feel free to contact me!

Yours in Service,
Adam Murray
(coordinator @ materialswriters.org)
 
Contents of this message:
1. PanSIG 2016
2. Links/Articles of Interest

1. PanSIG 2016
The conference is just around the corner! It will be held May 20-23, 2016 at Meio University in Okinawa. Here are some presentations that you won’t want to miss. First, the MW SIG sponsored speaker, Marcos Benevides will be giving a talk, “Text and Context: Innovating the Coursebook” Here’s the abstract:
Language learning courses have long been organized according to a grammar syllabus; that is, to a series of language forms meant to be taught sequentially from a text, often regardless of learners' specific contexts. Authentic meaning-making and the presentation of interesting content is of secondary importance, shoehorned in simply to illustrate a grammar point. Yet, despite the occasional flare-up of anti-textbook indignation, teachers overwhelmingly do choose traditional texts, and publishing companies are only too happy to oblige. Is there a way to escape the grammar syllabus textbook? Or is language teaching doomed to always be trapped between text and context?

In addition to Marcos’ talk, several of our members are also giving presentations. Here are their abstracts:
Ever Thought of Writing a Textbook? - Simon Capper
Ever thought of transforming those great ideas into materials that others can benefit from? This presentation follows the journey of an author/co-author of more than a dozen commercially published textbooks. The talk covers 10 stages of the book-birthing process, from conception to delivery, with suggestions, guidelines and warnings to help less experienced writers enhance their chances of success. These stages include: getting your foot in the door; finding your ‘gap’; establishing your principles; designing a scope and sequence; understanding your market; the best ways to fail; ensuring quality; the final push, and post-publication.

Enhancing Teacher-Created Language Learning Materials with Images - Cameron Romney
In this presentation, the presenter will offer suggestions and advice for adding images and other visual media to teacher-made language learning materials. He will begin by discussing the benefits for using visual media, the three main ways that images are used in language learning materials: instructive, supportive and decorative. Next, issues related to copyright, fair use, creative commons and suggestions for finding images on the Internet will be discussed. Finally, the presenter will showcase some examples of teacher-created language learning materials enhanced with images.

Designing Materials That Work - Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto
I've spent much of the past 25 years rewriting the same books. While I'm no expert on the subject of creating materials, I have learned a few things that I think make a difference in whether or not materials are successful. Whether you're evaluating or creating materials for your own learners, or working on the next big course book bestseller, I believe these guidelines can make a difference for you, too.

2. Links/Articles of Interest
From the IATEFL 2016 conference, here’s a link to John Hughes’ talk, “Visual Literacy in Creating Classroom Materials.” You can watch the video and download his PowerPoint slideshow.

Here is an excellent series of blog postings written by Lizzie Pinard documenting the IATEFL 2016 Materials Writing SIG PCE – Print VS. Digital; is it really a competition? Which was recently held in Birmingham, England.
Dear MW SIG members,
The autumn semester has been flying by and the JALT International Conference will soon be here. I’m sure that it will be a great conference for professional development!
Best,
Adam Murray
SIG Coordinator

 

1. MW SIG Annual General Meeting (AGM)

MW SIG Annual General Meeting
Sun, Nov 27, 11:35 AM – 12:20 PM; Room 1208

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!

2. Between the Keys

Got something to share with your colleagues in Japan and around the world? The deadline for submissions for the next issue is November 10th. We publish a wide range of articles including reviews, and “My Share”-style articles. For more details (and the style guide) take a look here.

3. MW SIG Forum: Materials Writers Forum: Writing & Publishing

Sun, Nov 27, 1:05 PM – 2:35 PM; Room 1208
Two publishers and eight materials writers will share ideas and experiences in the field of materials design, writing, and publishing. Some writers publish and present internationally. Others concentrate on writing for niche markets or their own classes. Cengage and ABAX editors will explain how to work with them. Presenters will sit at separate tables. Attendees will listen to a brief explanation of their topics and then join whomever they wish for short focused conversations.

Adam Murray - Thoughts on Developing Listening Materials
Gregg McNabb - Professional Level Self- Publishing in Japan         
Jim Smiley - How a Non-Medic Can Write Medical texts: A Methodology
Gregory Strong - Five Principles in Writing Graded Readers
Tsuyoshi Yoshida (Cengage Publishing) - TBA
Gregory Hadley -Making the Most of Student-Generated Vocabulary Materials      
Tim Frandsen - How to Self-Publish Through Amazon        
Junko Yamanaka - Creating Materials that Promote Critical Thinking             
Barbara Hoskins-Sakamoto - Designing EFL Materials for Young Learners
Hugh Graham-Marr - The Writer-Publisher Relationship: One Publisher's Perspective

4. Presentations by SIG Members

In addition to our Forum, there are three presentations by SIG members that you certainly won’t want to miss!
 
1. Sourcing Images for Teacher-Made Materials
Romney, Cameron - Doshisha University
Sat, Nov 26, 12:05 PM - 12:30 PM; Room 1201
We are increasingly living in a visual world. Our students are comfortable with deriving meaning by both textual and visual means and they often expect visually rich learning materials. But where can educators find images for their materials? How can they legally use images without violating copyright? In this presentation the advantages and disadvantages for three leading sources of images will be analyzed to show how educators can legally source images for their materials.
 
2. Language Teaching: Culture & Environmental Issues
Goodmacher, Greg - Keiwa College; Kajiura, Asako - Keiwa College
Sat, Nov 27, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM; Room 1003
What principles should teachers consider when teaching culture, environmental issues, and language to Japanese students? The presenters have been teaching courses covering these three subjects as content-based language instruction (CBI) for many years. They will share ideas about organizing language lessons and creating effective teaching materials. Attendees will leave with teaching ideas for their classes after examining a new CBI textbook and experiencing interactive activities that stimulate students to communicate about culture and environmental issues.
 
3. 10 Top Tips for Getting Your Textbook Published
Capper, Simon - Japanese Red Cross Hiroshima College of Nursing
Sun, Nov 27, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM; Room 1002
This poster shares the knowledge of an experienced writer of over a dozen commercially published textbooks, providing (at least) 10 tips to enhance the book-birthing process, from conception to delivery. Those wishing to get involved in textbook publishing will also find suggestions that may help to transform their projects. The tips to avoid labor pains include: getting your foot in the door; finding your ‘gap’; establishing your principles; common pitfalls, and post-publication promotion.