Materials writing


A recent review of ETpedia Materials Writing in Modern English Teacher magazine: “It’s common for glowing reviews to conclude with something like ‘This is a must for every teachers’ room’, but I cannot say that here; in my opinion, this is a must for every teacher.”  Brain Brennan, IH Barcelona.


In recent years, as well as writing materials and course books, I’ve also been involved in training teachers to write their own materials and offered consultancy to organisations who wish to develop their own materials. I’ve also contributed to books and journals on this topic.

My main title on the subject is ETpedia Materials Writing co-authored with Lindsay Clandfield. I’ve also worked with the training organisation ELT Teacher 2 Writer and have written two titles with them: How to write excellent ELT materials and How to write audio and video scripts

I was on the IATEFL Materials Writing Special Interest Group committee from 2016 to 2018 and its blog includes my posts on this topic. While on the committee I set up a page on the blog with links and resources called The Writer’s Resource.

Here are some other links to my publications and articles in this field:

How to write your own EFL materials Part One

How to write your own EFL materials Part Two

The No-nonsense guide to writing (a free-to-download book)

Ten tips on writing scripts for audio recordings

Writing teacher resource materials

Training teachers to write materials on an MA TESOL

The what, why and how of writing teacher’s books