An A to Z

of writing

ELT materials

F is for Fact checking

F is for Fact checking

Fact checking Fact checking has always been a part of many material writers’ jobs, especially when writing for a publisher. However, now, more than ever, with so much fake news and deliberate misinformation, and with the increase in AI-generated content, fact checking...

V is for videoing yourself

V is for videoing yourself

V is for videoing yourself Increasingly, teachers and materials writers are asked to video record themselves talking as part of creating language learning materials. For example, you might be presenting a piece of grammar to your students so they can watch it before...

C is for Conferences

C is for Conferences

I'm on my way back from an ELT conference. As I was thinking back over the past couple of days, reading through some notes I made, it occurred to me that this would be a useful post in this ‘A to Z’ series, as conferences such as these are a great source of...

F is for Feedback

F is for Feedback

Who gives feedback? When it comes to writing and publishing materials, the main person who gives you feedback is your editor. However, on large projects, other people will also give feedback on your writing. These might include the ‘publisher’ or person in charge of...

S is for Scripts

S is for Scripts

A: Hi! Can you help me? I am trying to write a dialogue between two people which I can record and use in a lesson. B: Oh sure. What level is it for?A: It is for A2. B: Ok, so you need to keep the level down.A: But I do not want it to sound too inauthentic. Often when...

S is for Swear words

S is for Swear words

Should ELT materials teach swear words? This is something that we’ve been talking about for decades and we’re probably no nearer to reaching a consensus than we were at the beginning. Swear words as content I’ve never been asked to include swear words in published ELT...

T is for Time

T is for Time

Materials writers notoriously complain about their lack of time. Of course, time is not something that affects only writers, but learning to manage your time as a writer can be particularly challenging when trying to complete material on time (for a publisher) or in...

D is for Digital

D is for Digital

For language teaching writers, when it comes to writing content for digital materials, many of the same rules apply. You want to create materials which will present and practise language and also engage and motivate learners. In addition, teachers will look for...

A is for Artwork brief

A is for Artwork brief

Another kind of brief When we talk about briefs, we usually talk about the ones a writer gets from a publisher, outlining exactly what’s needed so that everyone is on the same page. You can read more that kind of brief in B is for Brief. But there is another kind of...

S is for Sustainability (part 2 YLs)

S is for Sustainability (part 2 YLs)

This is the second of two posts about sustainability. In the first post which you can read here, we have a focus on general ELT materials for adults. This post has a focus on Young Learners. What about the language? One of the main criticisms against including a focus...