Devising Tasks and Materials to Enhance Language Practice
In this presentation / workshop, we will look at how teachers can create tasks and materials in order to supplement the content of a language course. Such tasks and materials can even be used to replace commercial textbooks. As examples, we will look at tasks and materials that can be used to teach and evaluate three areas that are often neglected in EFL classes at high schools and universities--(1) writing, (2) vocabulary,
and (3) pronunciation.
The first half of the workshop will look at a syllabus and materials for EFL writing. The second half will address how to add a pronunciation component to a syllabus for a general English or spoken English course.
We will conclude the workshop with a discussion about how teachers who create their own tasks and materials might want to adapt them for wider publication and sales. Specifically, we will also look at the differences between writing materials for our own classes vs. writing them for commercial publication.
Charles Jannuzi is an associate professor at University of Fukui, where he has taught since 1994. He develops his own materials, and he is currently working on publishing a textbook.