WRITING LANGUAGE TEACHING MATERIALS

Some factors to consider: an action list

   

1. OVERALL APPROACHES

Market research

Overall feel

Topic content

Theoretically, language teaching materials can be about anything. An opportunity, but also a challenge!

Layout

Student progression / sequencing

Learning styles

Not everyone learns in the same way. (For example, some people seem to find 'rules' genuinely helpful; others prefer plenty of practice to help them form an understanding of the regularities for themselves. Beware single-factor gurus, who may really just be talking about how they learn!)

Individualized / independent study

Collaborative work

Cultural information

Study skills

Cross-curricular links

Assessment

User support

2. MULTIMEDIA

Audio and video material

CD-ROM and online material

Other computer-based activities


3. LANGUAGE-RELATED QUESTIONS

Language awareness

Use of first language

Handling of new language

Range of language types

Approach to structure and functions

Approach to vocabulary

Pronunciation

Listening (to cassettes etc.)

(See the comments on audio and video materials in the first section.)

Conversational speaking and listening

Reading opportunities

Writing opportunities

Mixed skill activities

LAST BUT NOT LEAST ...

Have you avoided:

TENOR

'Teaching English for No Obvious Reason'!

and

EFLese

Language examples and exchanges which could not possibly occur anywhere outside a language classroom!