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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 email@example.com
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 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.