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Materials Evaluation and Design for Language Teaching

Ian McGrath

Edition: 2

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Provides a systematic approach to the selection and subsequent evaluation of textbooks

Since the first edition of this book was published in 2002 there have been many changes in language teaching, not least those associated with technological developments. Despite such changes, the same basic needs remain as far as teacher education is concerned. Teachers still need advice on how to:

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1 Materials, courses, teachers
2 Choosing materials: first steps
3 Choosing materials: close evaluation
4 Coursebook-based teaching: selection and adaptation
5 Supplementation: exercises and worksheets
6 Using the real
7 Systematising materials design
8 Learner-produced materials
9 Evaluating effects
10 Materials and ...
Appendices; Tasks: Keys and Commentaries; References; Index

About the Author

Ian McGrath has over 30 years’ experience as a materials writer and as a teacher and educator in the UK and overseas, most recently as a Visiting Associate Professor at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. He is now an educational consultant based in the UK.


This second edition is a timely and welcome updating of McGrath’s seminal first edition. It provides clear frameworks and practical ideas for tackling the selection of course books, adapting materials to meet learners’ needs, and designing one’s own materials. It will help both teachers and materials developers make principled choices when using and developing materials.

Professor Kathleen Graves, University of Michigan

Praise for the first edition

Offers teachers and teacher trainers a practical guide for materials evaluation, adaptation, supplementation or writing, with the author adopting a pro-textbook position. As a single-author volume, it does a better job of providing a coherent thesis than the other books reviewed here, moving systematically through the various stages necessary in order to maximise the effectiveness of materials and tasks used as classroom input.

- Alex Gilmore, University of Tokyo, Journal of Language Teaching

The book is of particular value to teacher trainers on postgraduate courses or as a set text on modular Masters courses. It is also of particular interest to experienced, practising teachers with an independent interest in professional development.

- Gail Sylvia Steele, SEAMEO RELC, Singapore., RELC Journal

Materials Evaluation and Design lays out clear frameworks and offers very practical ideas for getting to grips with the myriad facts impinging on selection and adaptation. It assists practitioners in being systematic with their approach and in making more principled choices … Ian McGrath states in his introduction that his particular hope for this publication is that it will 'embolden readers to take at least one step beyond where they stand at present'. Materials Evaluation and Design is an inspiring and engaging book which does much more than this. We have long become used to the idea of encouraging learner autonomy in our classrooms. This book goes a long way towards encouraging teacher autonomy and as such is an excellent acquisition.

- Rory O’Kane, Modern English Teacher

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