Module Details

IA487-7-SP-CO: Materials Design And Development

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Essex Pathways
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Yi-ching Huang
Teaching Staff: Dr Sandra Huang
Contact details:; ext. 4845

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

The aims of the module are:

- to familiarise students with the theory of ELT materials design.
- to equip students with the basic arguments for and against the use of coursebooks in the classroom.
- to enable students to adapt coursebook materials in ways which are appropriate in particular teaching contexts.
- to give students practice in designing their own teaching materials, incorporating authentic material where appropriate.
- to relate materials design to current ELT methodology.

Topics covered will include:

- the pro & anti-course book debate
- adapting & supplementing coursebook material
- methodology, ideology and the coursebook writer
- using authentic texts
- using corpus-based materials
- using literary texts in the language classroom

Learning and Teaching Methods

1x2 hours per week: informal lecture + discussion/workshop


100 per cent Coursework Mark


Students will be assessed on the basis of one 3,000 word assignment.


  • McGrath I (2002) Materials Evaluation and Design for Language Teaching. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Tomlinson B (ed) (1998) Materials Development in Language Teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Willis J (1996) A Framework for Task-Based Learning. Harlow: Longman.

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