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Get your professional development certified with iTDi

Participants working toward a Certificate of Completion will be expected to spend about 20 hours on class work. This includes attending all four classes (live or through recordings), participating in class forum discussions and completing assigned tasks.


In addition to the above requirements, participants working toward a Certificate of Accomplishment will be expected to submit portfolio of ELT materials created during the course. They should expect to spend about 25 hours on coursework.


Participants opting for additional mentoring for the Certificate of Distinction will receive professional feedback and guidance on polishing one or more of the materials created during the course with a goal of publication. They will also receive personal advice for how to continue their path towards becoming a materials writer within their particular context.


Juan Uribe
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iTDi Advanced Course

Creating ELT Materials with Katherine Bilsborough

Get iTDi certified in Creating ELT Materials this June with ELT author and materials developer Katherine Bilsborough.

  • Do you sometimes need to replace or supplement your classroom materials for your particular context?
  • Are you interested in learning how to create good quality, effective materials for your students?
  • Are you thinking of sharing lesson plans or materials on a blog or website?
  • Would you like to have an archive of ready-to-go custom-made materials for your lessons?
  • Have you thought of working as a materials writer for an ELT organization or a publisher?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, this is the course for you.

Live online sessions will be held in the iTDi virtual classroom on Sundays in June.

Live sessions (registered participants only)

  • June 5th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • June 12th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • June 19th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • June 26th – course participants only (60 minutes)

Time: 13:00 - 14:00 GMT

Certificate of Completion

US $59 - Course, Recordings, Handouts, Private Community

Certificate of Accomplishment

US $89 - Course, Recordings, Handouts, Private Community, Instructor Evaluation

Certificate of Distinction

US $149 - Course, Recordings, Handouts, Private Community, Instructor Evaluation, Private Mentoring

Questions? Contact support@itdi.pro

If you are unable to join the class without scholarship support from iTDi, please apply using the form here

Participants start the course by learning about the principles of materials development. They discover what makes materials effective and good and they examine a suggested framework for materials writing.

At the same time, from the beginning of the course, participants start building a portfolio of materials that can: (a) be used immediately with their own students (b) be easily adapted to use with other students.

Teachers will be encouraged to use the materials they make and, through a series of reflection activities, evaluate their effectiveness and explore ways to improve them or adapt them to use in other contexts.

Teachers of all ages and from all backgrounds are welcome. No materials-writing experience is necessary! This 4-week course will help you create materials by providing the necessary theoretical background behind materials development while focusing largely on the practical (and fun) side of creating.

With Katherine you will...

  • learn about the principles of material design
  • become familiar with a framework for materials writing
  • learn how to select and effectively adapt authentic materials for classroom use
  • learn how to create original materials for classroom use
  • learn how to create materials from student-generated content
  • have an opportunity to create a range of supplementary materials including:
    materials for reading, listening, speaking and writing
    exam practice materials
    vocabulary and grammar activities
    pair work activities
    games & puzzles

This course includes a workshop component in which participants will build up a portfolio of their own materials. By the end of the course, successful participants will have the skills needed to create materials for many different contexts.

Katherine Bilsborough

Katherine has worked in ELT for nearly 30 years, first as a teacher, then as a teacher trainer, materials writer and author. She developed a passion for writing in the early years of her career when she would spend hours preparing supplementary materials for her own classes. Since then she has published course books and materials for most ages and levels. She writes regularly for Oxford University Press, Macmillan, The British Council and BBC English. She writes blog posts and bi-monthly lesson plans for British Council Teaching English. Katherine is founding member of the Facebook page Free and Fair ELT which finds and shares free resources for teachers each week. She has recently published How to Write Primary Materials a guide for teachers who want to write primary materials professionally or for their own classes.

Katherine speaks regularly at conferences and teaching events and when she isn’t working she can be found in her vegetable garden.