I know I just got back from the TESOL Convention in Portland last night (to encounter a flooded backyard and happy ducks because I didn’t get enough rain in Portland), but I feel like if I don’t do this now, I’ll never do it. I met a lot of new people and saw so many new books and got a million new ideas. In short, I have a huge new to-do list!
So I’m putting up my list of books and articles and blogs that I discovered at TESOL that are going on my to-read list. I’d love to hear your comments on my list and your own lists too! I’ll also keep updating this list as I meander through the catalogs and all that I brought back with me. Fair warning, I dug pretty heavy into the materials writing side of things. I’d also like to note that this is a DREAM list, not what I will actually have time to get to. And a lot of these are edited volumes so it’s not like I plan to read every single essay and article!
Materials Writing Stuff
- Materials Development in Language Teaching (Cambridge Language Teaching Library)
- Developing Materials for Language Teaching
- Self-Publishing Textbooks and Instructional Materials
- English Language Teaching Materials: Theory and Practice (Cambridge Language Education)
- English Language Teaching Textbooks: Content, Consumption, Production
- The Non-Designer’s Design Book (3rd Edition)
- Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics (Oxford Applied Linguistics)
Or more likely some of Diane Larsen-Freeman’s articles on the subject
- Systematic Plan for Vocabulary Teaching
Coursebooks to Check Out
- Fiction in Action: Whodunit which I wish I had written.UPDATE: I just discovered that this book is available for free online, or pay what you can to download it: Whodunit download. That is super awesome!
Teacher Resources and References
- Translation and Own-language Activities (Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers) which I can’t believe exists. I wish I had written this one as well.
- Go To Strategies. I can never have too many of these adaptable generic strategies and activities. I think being a teacher is all about collecting these and knowing when to apply them.