Sunday 2:15 - 3:05 PM
Behind the Scenes: Creating a classroom textbook
Jack Richards, Oxford University Press
Chris Foley, Oxford University Press
This presentation provides a behind the scenes look at how Springboard,
a conversation and listening book for Asian students was created. As EFL
professionals look to the classroom for keys to what motivates students
and how students learn, materials writers, too, are looking at the classroom.
This presentation will explain how the classroom helped inform the creation
of Springboard. Specific example drawn from classroom observation, student
and teacher feedback, and classroom piloting will be discussed. Springboard
is two-level conversation and listening course for pre-intermediate and
intermediate learners. It is organized around high-interest topics that
encourage students talk about what they are most interested in: their own
lives, aspirations, and interest.
Jack Richards is a leading applied linguist and teacher educator
whose teacher training books and classroom texts are used throughout the
world. During 1997 he is Professor of Language Teaching and Learning at
the University of Auckland, New Zealand. From 1998 he will be visiting
Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Regional Language Center,
Singapore. He was recently Professor and Head of the Department
of English at City University of Hong Kong. . He has written over 100 articles
and books on different aspects of TESOL and related topics, including Reflective
Teaching in Second Language Classrooms, The Language Teaching
Matrix, and Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching and is the
main author of the highly successful Interchange series. . He has also
authored several other well-known ESL classroom texts, including
Springboard, New Person to Person, and Listen for It.
Chris Foley is Editorial Manager, East Asia & International
Publishing, for Oxford University Press. He has given workshops on English
language teaching throughout Asia and the United States.