This book brings together renowned scholars and new voices to challenge current practices in ELT materials design in order to work towards optimal learning conditions. It proposes ideas and principles to improve second language task design through novel resources such as drama, poetry, literature and online resources; and it maps out a number of unusual connections between theory and practice in the field of ELT materials development. The first section of the book discusses how innovative task-writing ideas can stretch materials beyond the current quality to make them more original and inspiring; the second part examines how different arts and technologies can drive innovation in coursebooks; the third section describes how teachers and learners can participate in materials writing and negotiate ways to personalize learning.
Dat Bao is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia. He is the author of Understanding Silence and Reticence: Ways of Participating in Second Language Acquisition (Bloomsbury, 2014).
List of Contributors Authors' Bio Data Preface 1. Dat Bao: Expanding the Discourse in ELT Materials Development through Creativity and Innovations Part A - Improving In ELT Materials Through Creative Pedagogies 2. Brian Tomlinson: Making Typical Coursebook Activities More Beneficial For the Learner 3. Alan Maley: Creative Materials: An Oxymoron? 4. Dat Bao: Materials for Creativity: A Constructivist Perspective 5. Dat Bao and Ranran Liu: Incorporating Creativity in Primary English Coursebooks 6. Tan Bee Tin: Promoting Autonomy through Creative Tasks: Broadening Possibilities within Constraints Part B - Improving In ELT Materials through Specific Resources 7. Hae-Ok Park: ELT Materials Using Process Drama 8. Paul Hullah: Living in the Materials World: Why Literature Has A Place Here 9. Dat Bao and Xiaofang Shang: ICT Integration in Second Language Materials: Challenges and Insights 10. Flora D. Floris, Willy A. Renandya and Dat Bao: Mining Online L2 Learning Resources: From SLA Principles to Innovative Task Design Part C - Improving In ELT Materials through Teacher and Learner Involvement 11. Rajeevnath Ramnath: Localizing the Genre-Based Approach: Materials Developing Lessons from Thailand 12. Dat Bao: Fostering Self-Expression: Learners Create Their Own Visuals 13. Mohammod Moninoor Roshid, Md Zulfeqar Haider and Hosne Ara Begum: Bangladeshi EFL Teachers' Views On The English For Today Textbook: What Do They Have To Offer Inside The Classroom? Index