Materials Development for TESOL

Materials Development for TESOL

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The fundamental principles of materials development in TESOL. Materials are at the very centre of language teaching, and understanding what goes into creating them is an essential part of a language teacher's professional development. Offering a practical introduction to the fundamental principles of materials development in TESOL, this textbook introduces you to a wide range of theoretical and practical issues in materials development to enable you to make informed and principled choices in the selection, evaluation, adaptation and production of materials. Advocating a principled approach to the creation of materials, it combines an awareness of relevant language learning and teaching theory with a critical attitude to existing published materials. It also encourages critical reflection by demonstrating how choices need to be informed by an awareness of culture, context and purpose.
Material Development in TESOL's stimulating approach, with thought provoking, interactive tasks, online resources, and added perspectives from international research, makes it an ideal textbook for language teacher programmes around the world, equipping TESOL student teachers and practicing teachers with the frameworks, resources and practical skills necessary to carry out effective evaluations and to develop principled materials in practice. It is written specifically for TESOL practitioners and those studying TESOL teaching; accessible presentation of concepts and research; accompanying website provides additional online resources and materials; interactive tasks and further reading suggestions and encourages students to critically reflect on their choices of materials.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 17.78mm | 366g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 b&w illustrations
  • 0748691367
  • 9780748691364
  • 265,798

Table of contents

Series Editors' Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; List of Figures; Chapter 1: Introduction; 1.1.Why do we need a book about Materials Development?; 1.2. What are Materials?; 1.3. What do we need Materials for?; 1.4. The Purpose of this Book; 1.5. The Structure of the Book; Chapter 2: Principled Materials Development; 2.1. Introduction; 2.2. The Importance of Affective and Cognitive Challenge in Language Learning Materials; 2.3. Input and Output in Language Learning Materials; 2.4. Awareness raising and Language Learning Materials; 2.5. Further Reading One; 2.6. Further Reading Two; 2.7. Conclusion; 2.8. Additional Readings; Chapter 3: Materials, Methods and Contexts; 3.1. Introduction; 3.2. English Language Teaching and the Global Diversification of English; 3.3. Pedagogy and English Language Teaching Materials; 3.4. English Language Teaching Coursebooks; 3.5. Further Reading One; 3.6. Further Reading Two; 3.7. Conclusion; 3.8. Additional Readings; Chapter 4: Materials Evaluation and Adaptation; 4.1. Introduction; 4.2. The Need for Principled Evaluation; 4.3. The Nature of Evaluation; 4.4. Materials Adaptation; 4.5. Further Reading One; 4.6 Further Reading Two; 4.7. Conclusion; 4.8. Additional Readings; Chapter 5: Reconceptualising Materials for the Technological Environment; 5.1. Introduction; 5.2. The Context: Normalisation of Technology; 5.3. Reconceptualising Materials for the Technological Environment: Materials as Products and Materials as Processes; 5.4. A Template for Materials using Technology; 5.5. Further Reading One; 5.6. Further Reading Two; 5.7. Conclusion; 5.8. Additional Readings; Chapter 6: Materials to Develop Reading and Listening Skills; 6.1. Introduction; 6.2. Materials to Develop Reading Skills; 6.3. Materials to Develop Listening Skills; 6.4. Further Reading One; 6.5. Further Reading Two; 6.6. Conclusion; 6.7. Additional Readings; Chapter 7: Materials to Develop Speaking and Writing Skills; 7.1. Introduction; 7.2 Materials to Develop Speaking Skills; 7.3. Materials to Develop Writing Skills; 7.4. Further Reading One; 7.5. Further Reading Two; 7.6. Conclusion; 7.7 Additional Readings; Chapter 8: Materials for Vocabulary and Grammar; 8.1. Introduction; 8.2. Materials for Vocabulary; 8.3. Materials for Teaching Grammar; 8.4. Further Reading One; 8.5. Further Reading Two; 8.6. Conclusion; 8.7. Additional Readings; Chapter 9: Materials Design: From Process to Product; 9.1. Introduction; 9.2. The Production Sequence; 9.3. The Production Sequence in Action; 9.4. The Creative Process; 9.5. Further Reading One; 9.6. Further Reading Two; 9.7. Conclusion; 9.8. Additional Readings; Chapter 10: Conclusion.
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About Freda Mishan

Freda Mishan is Lecturer in TESOL at the University of Limerick. Ivor Timmis is Reader in ELT at Leeds Metropolitan University.
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