MAPrograms and Coursebooks in ELT (Pedag. Study Prog., Semester 3)

Credit points: 4
Contact hours: 45

Main Instructors

Janez Skela, PhD
Janez Skela, PhD


Janez Skela, PhD

Course Description

• the potential relationship between instructional materials and the syllabus/curriculum;
• different approaches to the ELT syllabus design (also from a historical perspective);
• different ELT syllabus types (e.g. grammatical, functional-notional, task-based, situational, lexical, procedural; modular, mixed-focus model, etc.);
• advantages and disadvantages of different syllabus types, and the main principles of the processes of curriculum development
• the textbook as the most tangible and visible aspect within the ELT curriculum;
• the effects and impact of the textbook on the teaching and learning of English;
• the general characteristics and principles of ELT materials;
• analysis and evaluation of different aspects of the ELT coursebook: (language/subject matter) content, selection and gradation of content, sequencing of grammatical items, language skills, topics and values, teaching methodology;
• categories, criteria and formats used to evaluate, select, analyse, adapt and construct teaching materials


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• Fenner, A. B. and D. Newby. 2000. Approaches to Materials Design in European Textbooks: Implementing Principles of Authenticity, Learner Autonomy, Cultural Awareness. Strasbourg: European Centre for Modern Languages.
• Grant, N. 1987. Making the most of your Textbook. London & New York: Longman.
• Harwood, N. (ed.). 2010. English Language Teaching Materials: Theory and Practice. Cambridge: CUP.
• Harwood, N. (ed.). 2014. English Language Teaching Textbooks: Content, Consumption, Production. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
• McDonough, J., and C. Shaw. 1993. Materials and Methods in ELT. Oxford & Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell.
• McGrath, I. 2002. Materials Evaluation and Design for Language Teaching. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
• McGrath, I. 2013. Teaching Materials and the Roles of EFL/ESL Teachers: Practice and Theory. London: Bloomsbury.
• Tomlinson, B. (ed.). 2003. Developing Materials for Language Teaching. London: Continuum.
• Tomlinson, B. (ed.). 2008. English Language Learning Materials: A Critical Review. London: Continuum.
• Tomlinson, B. (ed.). 2011. Materials Development in Language Teaching. [2nd ed.]. Cambridge: CUP.
• Tomlinson, B. and H. Masuhara (eds.). 2010. Research for Materials Development in Language Learning: Evidence for best practice. London: Continuum.
• Tomlinson, B. (ed.). 2013. Applied Linguistics and Materials Development. London: Bloomsbury.