A checklist for writing ELT worksheets

Most teachers like making their own worksheets – for example, maybe a reading text with some questions or a worksheet with tasks that accompany a video. The fun part is coming up with creative tasks but it’s easy to spend more time on aspects such as adding headings, titles, rubrics and so on. To speed this aspect of materials writing up, I have a mental checklist of things that appear in every worksheet. If you make them an automatic part of your writing process, it frees up more time for the fun creative stuff. 1 Titles The main title on the worksheet lets the students know…

A five-minute history of script writing in ELT materials

This post is adapted and abridged from the introductory chapter of my ebook ‘How to write audio and video scripts.’ (See end of post for details). So you think writing dialogues and scripts for ELT is new? It’s easy to think that the scripts we use as teachers or write as materials writers are a new phenomenon. Because audio and video is delivered using modern technology (sound files, podcasts, downloads etc) we tend to associate ELT script writing with the recent world of ELT. But in fact scripts and especially dialogues feature in some of the very earliest materials written for language…

ELT materials, teachers and learners

  When I write materials for ELT I’m very conscious of – not surprisingly – how materials interrelate with the teacher and the learner. At first I have a mental image of how the material will be used by the learners and the teacher. The four sections [1] [2] [3] [4] in the diagram (shown above) highlight where the cross over occurs between the three. All ELT writers need to understand the implication of these relationships on what they write and how they write. [1] Teacher + Learners + Materials This is the meeting point in the middle where the teacher…