Thoughts on ELT Materials Development

Shizuoka Chapter

Date and Time:  Sunday, 26 February 2012 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Speaker:  Marcos Benevides

Marcos will outline his how his experience as an ESL learner influenced his approach to teaching, and in turn how both continue to inform his work as a writer of ELT materials. This presentation will be of interest to most teachers at any level, but especially to those who want to explore some of the complex connections between learners, teachers, and coursebooks.

Bio: Marcos co-authored Widgets: A task-based course in practical English (Pearson, 2008) and Fiction in Action: Whodunit (Abax, 2010). He is currently series editor for the upcoming Choose Your Own Adventure graded reader series (McGraw-Hill, 2012). He has received the Duke of Edinburgh English Book Award and the British Council International Award for Innovation, both for Whodunit. It was the first time that a coursebook written in Japan has won either award, and the second time in history that one book has won both. He currently lives in Tokyo and teaches at J.F. Oberlin University.

Location:  Kyoiku Kaikan (B1)
Guide to Location:  Link to meeting location
Fee for JALT members:  Free
Fee for one-day members:  1,000 yen

June 16-17
Hiroshima University, Higashi Hiroshima Campus   

The Materials Writers SIG is once again proud to be one of the co-sponsors of the 11th annual Pan-SIG conference on June 16-17, 2012 at Hiroshima University, Higashi Hiroshima Campus. The theme of this year’s conference is “Literacy: Signals of emergence”

MW SIG members are encouraged to apply for an opportunity to represent the SIG at the conference by giving a presentation. Abstracts of no more than 100 words can be submitted at the main conference submission site at no later than February 29, 2012.

For more information about the conference, please visit the conference website at: