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The Routledge Handbook of Materials Development for Language Teaching

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ISBN 9780815382577
March 17, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
544 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Materials Development for Language Teaching is the definitive resource for all working in this area of language and English language teaching. With 34 chapters authored by leading figures from around the world, the Handbook provides an historical overview of the development of language teaching materials, critical discussion of core issues, and an assessment of future directions.

The contributions represent a range of different international contexts, providing insightful, state-of-the-art coverage of the field. Structured in nine sections, the Handbook covers:

  •  changes and developments in language teaching materials
  • controversial issues in materials development
  • research and materials development
  • materials for language learning and skills development
  • materials evaluation and adaptation
  • materials for specific contexts
  • materials development and technology
  • developing materials for publication
  • professional development and materials writing

Demonstrating throughout the dynamic relationship between theory and practice, this accessible Handbook is essential reading for researchers, scholars, and students on MA programmes in ELT, TESOL, and applied linguistics.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations


List of Contributors

Introduction and overview

Julie Norton and Heather Buchanan



Changes and developments in language teaching materials

1. The discipline of materials development

Brian Tomlinson

2. Language learning materials in the digital era

Freda Mishan

3. Theory and practice in materials development

Ivor Timmis



Controversial issues in materials development

4. Why do we need coursebooks?

Julie Norton and Heather Buchanan

5. Authenticity in language teaching materials

Christian Jones

6. Selecting language for materials writing

Graham Burton

7. From global English to Global Englishes: questioning approaches to ELT materials

Alessia Cogo

8. Culture and materials development

Karen Risager

9. Representation in coursebooks: a critical perspective

Pau Bori



Research and materials development

10. Materials development: what can you research, how and why?

Nigel Harwood

11. Using research to inform materials development

Greg Hadley and Hiromi Hadley

12. Writing corpus-informed materials

Mike McCarthy & Jeanne McCarten



Materials for language learning and skills development

13. Materials for teaching grammar

Penny Ur

14. Materials for teaching vocabulary

Takumi Uchihara and Stuart Webb

15. Materials for developing speaking skills

Scott Thornbury

16. Materials for developing reading skills

Claudia Saraceni

17. Materials for developing writing skills

Clare Furneaux



Materials evaluation and adaptation

18. The analysis and evaluation of language teaching materials

Andrew Littlejohn

19. Approaches to materials adaptation

Hitomi Masuhara



Materials for specific contexts

20. Developing a primary coursebook series for Turkey

Seyit Gok

21. Versioning coursebooks

Heather Buchanan and Julie Norton

22. Writing EAP materials

Yasemin Kırkgöz

23. Writing materials for ESOL

Naeema B. Hann

24. Materials for English Medium Education

Oksana Afitska and John Clegg

25. Writing materials for Spanish teenagers

Caroline Krantz, Julie Norton and Heather Buchanan

26. Writing materials for an English-speaking environment

Lizzie Pinard



Materials development and technology

27. Developing blended learning materials

Sharon Hartle

28. Materials for mobile learning

Gavin Dudeney and Nicky Hockly



Developing materials for publication

29. Learner contributions to materials in language teaching

Julie Choi and David Nunan

30. How do writers write?

Antonia Clare and JJ Wilson

31. The editor’s role in developing materials

Fiona MacKenzie and David Baker



Professional development and materials writing

32. Making the materials writing leap: scaffolding the journey from teacher to teacher-writer

Jane Spiro

33. Materials as a tool for professional development: a perspective from publishing

Stacey Holliday Hughes

34. Training materials writers

John Hughes



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Julie Norton is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL and Co-Director of Teaching and Learning at the School of Education, University of Leicester. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (SFHEA). She is also co-author of Navigate Pre-Intermediate.

Heather Buchanan is a Lecturer in Language Education and Director of Postgraduate Taught Courses (Teaching and Learning) at the University of York and an experienced teacher trainer. She is co-author of Navigate Intermediate.


'This volume presents a treasure trove of scholarship, information and advice for those concerned with materials development for language teaching. The authors have drawn together writers from a range of backgrounds and specialisms to provide insight into all aspects of materials from production to adaptation and from representation to evaluation. The emphasis on the digital is particularly timely given recent moves to online learning, and the critical stance taken by many of the authors will be welcomed by the TESOL community. The Handbook should be on the library shelves of all institutions that offer language teaching programmes.'

Fiona Copland, University of Stirling, UK

'Not many books address comprehensibly the diversity of issues in materials development, materials in practice and the evaluation of materials. This book engages the reader in debate, thereby enabling the triggers to critical thought.'

Jayakaran Mukundan, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia