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Materials Development for TESOL

Freda Mishan, Ivor Timmis

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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.

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Series Editors’ Preface
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

About the Author

Freda Mishan is Lecturer in TESOL at the University of Limerick

Ivor Timmis is Reader in ELT at Leeds Beckett University


From the perspective of a director of MAs in Applied Linguistics and TESOL, I appreciate that this course (1) pulls together a wide range of relevant literature up to 2014, (2) emphasizes the importance of applying principles based on second language acquisition studies, (3) considers issues related to diversifying English across the globe, and (4) contains useful thought-provoking tasks and activities including some examples of materials developed by the authors.

- Hitomi Masuhara, University of Liverpool, TESOL Quarlerly


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