Category Archives: Material design

Developing courses under restrictions

Since the start of the new term, I keep meeting my former students in the corridor and almost all of them are saying “It’s too hard”, “There are so many assessments” or “It’s so hard compared to last term”. Then … Continue reading

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Long briefs, short briefs: What’s your favourite?

Writing a brief The Oxford online dictionary defines brief as being “concise in expression;using few words” (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/brief). I interpret this, in relation to writing briefs, as meaning that the brief should contain the relevant information for a project, or writing … Continue reading

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Altered due to …

I’ve just begun work on a new project as a reviewer (or content editor) and editor. This project is, shall we say, a challenge: it’s already up and running (being taught) and is a fickle beast (as many projects are), … Continue reading

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Scope and Sequence: starting on the detail

Having established what the stakeholders require and considering how to match the new levels to those already in existence, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. Before putting pen to paper I need to mull over a few … Continue reading

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Starting a new Scope and Sequence: part 1

I always relish the challenge of writing a new scope and sequence. Then I start doing it and remember how complex the process is; the many and varied points that have to be considered, the aspirations of the stakeholders, the desired language … Continue reading

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The (not) writing process

Sometimes I find it really difficult to light that spark which gets my imagination going. I go on walks, work on the garden, do some baking, do anything, other than write, that allows me to find the right place in my … Continue reading

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Teacher’s Notes – an insight to teaching practice

I seem to have spent the last 2 weeks with my head in the Teacher’s Notes (for the first levels due to be published in a few weeks) and while frustrating, it has also been interesting. It has given me … Continue reading

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Teacher’s Notes – first impressions

I began reading over the Teacher’s Notes last week, checking for pedagogical appropriacy. I was quite surprised to see constant references to drilling. I’ve never been a fan of drilling, especially not the classic style where the same sentences, phrases … Continue reading

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First impressions

I was very unsure what my current secondment would entail and over the past few months I have learnt a lot about the publishing process. Until May I was unaware that materials went through a development editing stage, before a contents … Continue reading

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Editing 1st proofs

I started work on editing the 1st proofs for one of the levels this week. It’s good to see the material as it will finally appear, give or take a few adjustments, particularly after looking at word documents with no … Continue reading

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