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,

It has been a crazy year for all of us and I hope that all of you are well. The JALT International Conference will soon be here. I’m sure that it will be a great conference for professional development. Hope to see you online! In the meantime, here’s what has been happening in your SIG.


Adam Murray

SIG Coordinator

1. Upcoming Event

British Council ELTons Awards, What’s It All About?  How to Apply, Become a Finalist, and Win!
Fiona Wall Minami, 2021 Finalist for her Textbook, Escape The Classroom

Saturday, November 6th, 8 PM to 9 PM, Zoom

In this interview with Fiona Wall Minami, we’ll talk about the British Council ELTons awards and how materials writers can apply, become a finalist, and hopefully win. Fiona is currently one of the finalists for her textbook, Escape the Classroom. The winners are planned to be announced on November 15, 2021.

“The British Council ELTons Awards for innovation in English language teaching and learning celebrate the newest and most original courses, books, publications, apps, platforms, projects, and more, which find new ways to meet the real-life needs of English language learners and teachers around the world.”

We’ll also talk about Fiona’s entry for the ELTons awards, Escape the Classroom, an incredibly imaginative and innovative textbook for learners of English. Please join us for an in-depth look at this very creative and engaging textbook.

Bio: Fiona Wall Minami is originally from the UK and arrived in Japan in the mid 1990s with a degree in Modern Languages from Durham University. She is based in Kumamoto where she has run her language school 'Britz' for over twenty years. She also teaches part-time at Kumamoto University. Fiona began her writing career as co-author of three Asahi Press textbooks 'A Taste of English: Food and Fiction', 'A Flavor of English: Cinema and Cuisine' and 'Aspects of Love in Fiction'. Her first solo textbook 'In the Driver's Seat' was published by Perceptia Press in 2016 and her second, 'Escape the Classroom' (2020) is a 2021 British Council ELTons finalist for Innovation in Learner Resources.

Escape the Classroom is an English communication textbook aimed at university students as well as advanced high school students and adult learners. Using the theme of escape rooms, every unit of the book is actually a 'mission' and students have to cooperate with their teammates to solve puzzles, break codes and make their escape. This occasionally involves cutting up pages of the book while negotiating with aliens, rescuing a trapped prince, solving crimes and shopping for a demanding chemistry professor.
Perceptia Press: Escape the Classroom

This JALT event will be FREE for anyone to join over Zoom. Google Form with details.

2. MW SIG Forum

The Business Side of Independent Writing and Publishing
Saturday, November 13th, 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM  (90 minutes)

Presenter(s): Carle, John - Kinki University; Spiri, John - Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University; McNabb, R. Gregg - Shizuoka Institute of Science & Technology; Anderson, Sean - Crystal Hunters Manga
Please join us at the National JALT 2021!

3. Officers for 2021-2022

Are you interested in becoming more active in YOUR SIG? The SIG needs your help. All JALT SIGs have five “core” officers: coordinator, treasurer, program chair, publication chair, and membership chair. In addition, the MW SIG has other officer positions such as publicity, Japanese language coordinator, website editor, and member-at-large. If you would like to read a basic overview of this positions, please check out the officers’ page on the website: http://materialswriters.org/joomla/index.php/officers

To express your interest in stepping forward and running for one of these positions, please contact me < murray @ gec. lab. u-ryukyu .ac .jp > (Spaces have been added to avoid the spam-bots)

4. MW SIG Annual General Meeting (AGM)

MW SIG Annual General Meeting
Saturday, November 13th, 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM  (45 minutes)

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!

5. Between the Keys

Got something to share with your colleagues in Japan and around the world? We publish a wide range of articles including reviews, and “My Share”-style articles. For more details (and the style guide) take a look at http://materialswriters.org/joomla/index.php/publications