Portfolio 11: Developing Language Course Materials

Brian Tomlinson & Hitomi Masubara


This book is for all language teachers. It regards them all as materials developers in that teachers frequently have to make decisions about selecting and adapting materials, they make decisions everyday in their classrooms about how to use the materials and they
sometimes develop materials of their own to supplement or even replace the materials in their coursebooks. To help teachers to be effective materials developers, this book provides guidance in the evaluation, adaptation and development of materials for the teaching of languages. It takes the position that language learning materials should be principled in that they are based on what we know about how learners best learn languages.

Brian Tomlinson is Reader in Language Learning and Teaching at Leeds Metropolitan University. His main interests are materials development, language through literature, and teacher development. He has published extensively and his most recent books include Developing Materials for Language Teaching (Continuum, 2003). He is the Founder and President of MATSDA (Materials Development Association).

Hitomi Masuhara is Senior Lecturer and Project Leader of Lesser-Taught Languages at Leeds Metropolitan University. She has published widely, including numerous book chapters on materials development. Her main interests are the role of the brain in language acquisition,
the teaching of reading and materials development.
She is currently Secretary of MATSDA.

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