This month's guest post is from Marcos Benevides, who has some suggestions on how to hit the right note with your graded reader. The MaWSIG blog features guest posts by members – please get in touch if you would like to write for us. Making the grade: Approaches to writing graded readers by Marcos Benevides There…
On Saturday Sophie from emc headed down to London to the beautiful Macmillan campus for MaWSIG's conference 'New Ways of Working for New Ways of Learning'. The day was a real mix of practically looking at the ways in which our working practices have changed over recent years to how these have impacted the classrooms…
In today’s world, we’re increasingly encouraged to work in digital spaces, collaborateonline rather than face-to-face and write/edit for blended or digital courses. So, whatdoes this mean? Is there anything we really ought to know? In this session we’llshare ideas and experiences gaining valuable tips and tricks for working in the digitalenvironment. Antonia Clare has been a full-time materials writer for over fifteen years, co-authoringcoursebook titles including Total English and Speakout. She founded ELT WritersConnected and co-curates Free and Fair ELT.
The criteria for evaluating the worth of any language learning software must include some assessment of its fitness for purpose. That is to say, does it facilitate learning?’ –Scott Thornbury, How could SLA research inform EdTech?, ELTjam, 16 June 2014
John Chrimes's insight:
LX=UX. FYI. Great piece. Got me thinking and I love [as always here] the comments.
By using carefully crafted TDQs, teachers and materials writers enrich the texts and exercises with which they’re already familiar or develop new materials that require textual evidence. In addition, by developing robust TDQs to assist learners at all levels of language proficiency navigate complexity, learners gain confidence in their ability to understand, discuss, and write about complex ideas from the beginning and, perhaps most important, learners practice the type of thinking required in postsecondary education and the 21st-century workplace.
Get some experience and get known—which is easier said than done. Experience can come from small-scale projects, volunteering and speculative emails to publishers. Ink your name onto ELT writer databases as well as the lists each publisher keeps. Getting known involves a social media presence and participation in the wider debate at conferences, blogging and industry publications. There is not a mountain to climb just lots of hard work.
Katherine Bilsborough was the first speaker at our first PCE, and will also be joining us in Birmingham in 2016. Here she tells us about her first experience of self-publishing. The MaWSIG blog features guest posts by members – please get in touch if you would like to write for us. My first adventure in self-publishing: learning to garden…
A final argument for teachers writing materials is that they are really the only people qualified to do so. I can’t personally think of one ELT writer who hasn’t taught at some point in their career. Many of the experienced writers I know still keep one foot in the classroom.
The next edition of the IH Journal comes this month and we are excited to have a special issue with a focus on writing materials and working for a publisher, as well as the usual mix of discussion and useful classroom ideas. To whet your appetite before then, we asked Kirsten Holt from from Teacher Professional Development at Macmillan Education to share some thoughts on how to become an ELT materials writer. In the Journal itself you’ll find more from Kristen, and others involved in writing and publishing. For now, here’s some excellent advice about getting started getting paid to write materials.
John Chrimes's insight:
Kirsten Holt's excellent 'list' steps to becoming an ELT writer
Julie Norton is a university lecturer and coursebook author. She has taught English inlanguage schools, universities and companies in France, Japan and the UK. She hasalso developed online materials. Heather Buchanan is a teacher trainer and MA course leader at Leeds Beckett University,where one of her specialisms is materials development. She is also an ELT author.
Too much to do? Not enough time? Struggling to keep on top of everything let alonemake the time and space for writing and creation? Well, it's time to think like a Ninja!Best-selling author Graham Allcott shares tips and tricks from his book, 'How to be aProductivity Ninja'. Graham Allcott is an author and social entrepreneur. His company, Think Productive,teaches productivity to some of the leading organisations across the world.
Our guest blog's first year ends with a look at beginnings. Sandy Millin writes about the questions she has found it useful to ask as a new materials writer. MaWSIG members will receive an ebook of all twelve posts from 2015, plus two bonus posts. The MaWSIG blog features guest posts by members – please get…
Looking ahead to our upcoming MaWSIG Conference in February, this month we're thinking digitally. Jeremy Day writes about keeping the creative flame burning when you're constrained by the requirements of technology. The MaWSIG blog features guest posts by members – please get in touch if you would like to write for us. Writing for digital ...…
John Chrimes's insight:
Paper & Pen, then MS Word, then authoring tool. Yup, sounds right.
Last month's blog described how a group of established authors collaborated to create a self-published book. Continuing the theme, this month Gerhard Erasmus writes about collaboration from the perspective of a less-experienced author. The MaWSIG blog features guest posts by members – please get in touch if you would like to write for us. Working with a…
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