Materials Evaluation and Development for TESOL - LL842

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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7 15 (7.5) DR A Lengeris







This module will consider the reasons for using teaching materials, who should design them and how they should be designed. Frameworks will be applied to critically evaluate commercially produced materials for their authenticity and their appropriacy for specific groups of learners and the contexts in which they are taught. Where materials are considered to be inappropriate for a specific context, students will gain the skills to adapt existing materials or create their own.


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Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20

Method of assessment

Group/pair presentation on published teaching materials (15 minutes) - 20%;
Adaption of published teaching materials and rationale (2000 words) - 30%;
Development of new teaching materials and rationale (2000 words) - 50%

Indicative reading

Johnson, K. (2002) Designing Language Teaching Tasks, London, Palgrave Macmillan;
McDonaugh, J., Shaw, C. and Masuhara, H. (2013) Materials and Methods in ELT, Oxford, Wiley;
McGrath, I. (2002) Materials Evaluation and Design for Language Teaching, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press;
McGrath, I. (2013) Teaching Materials and the roles of EFL/ESL Teachers, London, Bloomsbury;
Tomlinson, B. and Masuhara, H. (eds) (2010) Research for Materials Development in Language Learning, London, Continuum;
Tomlinson, B. (ed) (2013) Developing Materials for Language Teaching, London, Bloomsbury.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to understand and critically examine the rationales and principles behind differing approaches to materials evaluation and development;
Students will be able to critically evaluate a range of published and on-line materials;
Students will be able to adapt, as appropriate, teaching materials according to learners' needs;
Students will be able to write original teaching materials according to learners' needs

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