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The Complete Guide to the Theory and Practice of Materials Development for Language Learning


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Preface vii Materials Development So Far 1 Issues in Materials Development 25 Materials Evaluation 52 Materials Adaptation 82 The Development of Materials 117 The Process of Publishing Coursebooks 145 Developing Digital Materials 171 Developing Materials for the Acquisition of Language 189 Developing Materials for the Development of Skills 220 Developing Materials for Young Learners 246 Developing Materials for Teenagers and Adults 270 Developing Materials for Different Levels, Users, and Purposes 291 Visuals, Layout, and Design 325 Writing Instructions for Language-Learning Activities 342 Materials Development Research 355 Conclusion 389 Resources Useful for Materials Developers 391 Index 399

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Brian Tomlinson, PhD is TESOL Professor at Anaheim University, California, a Chair Professor at Shanghai International Studies University and a Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool. He is the Founder and President of MATSDA, an association dedicated to the bringing together of researchers, writers, publishers, and teachers to facilitate the development of effective language learning materials. He has over one hundred publications, including SLA Theory and Materials Development for Language Learning (2016), Developing Materials for Language Teaching (2014), Applied Linguistics and Materials Development (2013), Materials Development in Language Teaching (2011), and Research for Materials Development in Language Learning (2010, with Hitomi Masuhara). Hitomi Masuhara, PhD is Lecturer at the University of Liverpool and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a founding member and Secretary of MATSDA, and has authored many books, book chapters, and articles. She has worked in Japan, Oman, Singapore and the UK, has been involved in numerous international projects, and has given plenary presentations and workshops in more than 30 countries. Her recent publications include Materials and Methods in ELT: A Teacher's Guide, Third Edition (2013, with Jo McDonough and Christopher Shaw) and Practice and Theory for Materials Development in Second Language Learning (2017, with Freda Mishan and Brian Tomlinson).


"This thought-provoking and resourceful book will be of great help for teachers, publishers, and researchers interested in materials development. In addition to informing the reader about historical tradition, providing the results of the latest empirical findings, and summarizing the existing trends in materials development, the authors voice their own beliefs coming from their many years of personal and professional experience." - LINGUIST LIST, June 2019 "Everyone in this profession needs a copy of this book at hand to consult in their everyday working lives, be they teachers, teacher trainers, directors of study or publishers. The language in the book is accessible and the book will prove useful for those new to materials development as well as those who have been developing and adapting materials for years but who perhaps have not thought about it concisely as a distinct activity." - Naeema B. Han, Leeds Beckett University, UK, Folio 18/2 September 2018

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