1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Materials Development for Language Teaching

Edited By Julie Norton, Heather Buchanan Copyright 2022
    560 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Materials Development for Language Teaching is the definitive resource for all working in this area of language and English language teaching. With 34 chapters authored by leading figures from around the world, the Handbook provides an historical overview of the development of language teaching materials, critical discussion of core issues, and an assessment of future directions.

    The contributions represent a range of different international contexts, providing insightful, state-of-the-art coverage of the field. Structured in nine sections, the Handbook covers:

    •  changes and developments in language teaching materials
    • controversial issues in materials development
    • research and materials development
    • materials for language learning and skills development
    • materials evaluation and adaptation
    • materials for specific contexts
    • materials development and technology
    • developing materials for publication
    • professional development and materials writing

    Demonstrating throughout the dynamic relationship between theory and practice, this accessible Handbook is essential reading for researchers, scholars, and students on MA programmes in ELT, TESOL, and applied linguistics.

    List of illustrations


    List of Contributors

    Introduction and overview

    Julie Norton and Heather Buchanan


    PART 1

    Changes and developments in language teaching materials

    1. The discipline of materials development

    Brian Tomlinson

    2. Language learning materials in the digital era

    Freda Mishan

    3. Theory and practice in materials development

    Ivor Timmis


    PART 2

    Controversial issues in materials development

    4. Why do we need coursebooks?

    Julie Norton and Heather Buchanan

    5. Authenticity in language teaching materials

    Christian Jones

    6. Selecting language for materials writing

    Graham Burton

    7. From global English to Global Englishes: questioning approaches to ELT materials

    Alessia Cogo

    8. Culture and materials development

    Karen Risager

    9. Representation in coursebooks: a critical perspective

    Pau Bori


    PART 3

    Research and materials development

    10. Materials development: what can you research, how and why?

    Nigel Harwood

    11. Using research to inform materials development

    Greg Hadley and Hiromi Hadley

    12. Writing corpus-informed materials

    Mike McCarthy & Jeanne McCarten


    PART 4

    Materials for language learning and skills development

    13. Materials for teaching grammar

    Penny Ur

    14. Materials for teaching vocabulary

    Takumi Uchihara and Stuart Webb

    15. Materials for developing speaking skills

    Scott Thornbury

    16. Materials for developing reading skills

    Claudia Saraceni

    17. Materials for developing writing skills

    Clare Furneaux


    PART 5

    Materials evaluation and adaptation

    18. The analysis and evaluation of language teaching materials

    Andrew Littlejohn

    19. Approaches to materials adaptation

    Hitomi Masuhara


    PART 6

    Materials for specific contexts

    20. Developing a primary coursebook series for Turkey

    Seyit Gok

    21. Versioning coursebooks

    Heather Buchanan and Julie Norton

    22. Writing EAP materials

    Yasemin Kırkgöz

    23. Writing materials for ESOL

    Naeema B. Hann

    24. Materials for English Medium Education

    Oksana Afitska and John Clegg

    25. Writing materials for Spanish teenagers

    Caroline Krantz, Julie Norton and Heather Buchanan

    26. Writing materials for an English-speaking environment

    Lizzie Pinard


    PART 7

    Materials development and technology

    27. Developing blended learning materials

    Sharon Hartle

    28. Materials for mobile learning

    Gavin Dudeney and Nicky Hockly


    PART 8

    Developing materials for publication

    29. Learner contributions to materials in language teaching

    Julie Choi and David Nunan

    30. How do writers write?

    Antonia Clare and JJ Wilson

    31. The editor’s role in developing materials

    Fiona MacKenzie and David Baker


    PART 9

    Professional development and materials writing

    32. Making the materials writing leap: scaffolding the journey from teacher to teacher-writer

    Jane Spiro

    33. Materials as a tool for professional development: a perspective from publishing

    Stacey Holliday Hughes

    34. Training materials writers

    John Hughes




    Julie Norton is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL and Co-Director of Teaching and Learning at the School of Education, University of Leicester. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (SFHEA). She is also co-author of Navigate Pre-Intermediate.

    Heather Buchanan is a Lecturer in Language Education and Director of Postgraduate Taught Courses (Teaching and Learning) at the University of York and an experienced teacher trainer. She is co-author of Navigate Intermediate.

    Consultant editor: Graham Hall

    Editorial Advisory Board: Kathleen Graves, Hitomi Masuhara, David Nunan

    'This volume presents a treasure trove of scholarship, information and advice for those concerned with materials development for language teaching. The authors have drawn together writers from a range of backgrounds and specialisms to provide insight into all aspects of materials from production to adaptation and from representation to evaluation. The emphasis on the digital is particularly timely given recent moves to online learning, and the critical stance taken by many of the authors will be welcomed by the TESOL community. The Handbook should be on the library shelves of all institutions that offer language teaching programmes.'

    Fiona Copland, University of Stirling, UK

    'Not many books address comprehensibly the diversity of issues in materials development, materials in practice and the evaluation of materials. This book engages the reader in debate, thereby enabling the triggers to critical thought.'

    Jayakaran Mukundan, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

    As well as focusing on how theory and practice interrelate, the handbook aims to increase mutual understanding between the two camps: practitioners and theorists.’

    Paul A. Davies, English Language Teaching Journal

    'The Handbook makes a significant contribution to previous literature on materials development by mapping the key issues, challenges, and considerations for each focal theme, and how they could be addressed in practice, as well as indicating future directions.'

    Abdullah Yıldız, English Language Teaching Journal