ELT AUTHOR ACADEMY

ELT AUTHOR ACADEMY

is the third edition of a very successful and popular development programme for aspiring ELT authors designed by Marta Rosińska  and Grzegorz Śpiewak, this time also in associated with ELT Teacher 2 Writer and Independent Authors and Publishers Group.

THIS EDITION

will focus on teaching you how to write creative, well-edited ELT materials from single photocopiable hand-outs to complete coursebook spreads with vocabulary-, grammar- and skills-based tasks.

Spread your wings. Become a professional ELT author
 

 Blended formula (recorded) face-to-face sessions and webinars

Programme based on the INSPIRE model 

30 hours of input 

Expert team made up of experienced and established authors and editors

Useful feedback/feedforward, individual consultation time

 

The INSPIRE model used to design state-of-the-art. Teachertraining programmes:

impactful, needs-based

sustained

peer-collaborative, in-practice

reflective & evaluated

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO

  • write a variety of language tasks
  • design attractive and original foreign language lessons 
  • create activities which interest and challenge the learner 
  • master writing skills-based materials and text-based tasks
  • edit your own work 
  • build your author brand on the market
  • work with copyright

LEARN FROM THE BEST IN THE PROFESSION

give yourself six months to learn how to write professional materials

get to know well-known authors and pick their brains

contribute to an e-book 

meet other aspiring authors and share ideas

Programme I 26.10.2019 – 7.03.2020

 

DATE

TIME

SESSION TITLE

TRAINER

Saturday
Oct 26

  • in-class

12:00 – 12:30

PROGRAMME OPENING

Grzegorz Śpiewak & Anna Lech


Editor’s session


12:45 – 16:00


How to get started (and not to get lost) in designing ELT materials

Tomasz Sztyber

Friday
Nov 08

  • on-line

Editor’s session

18:30 – 20:00

Towards a great piece of ELT material

John Hughes

Friday
Nov 29

  • on-line

Author’s session

18:30 – 20:00

Making activities HOTTER (higher order thinking skills in ELT materials)


John Hughes

Friday
Dec 13

  • on-line


Author’s session


18:30 – 20:00


How to write materials which challenge and promote accuracy

 

Marta Rosińska

Friday
Jan 10

  • on-line

Editor’s session

18:30 – 20:00

How to design flawless sequences of tasks

Tomasz Sztyber

Friday
Jan 24

  • on-line

Editor’s session

18:30 – 20:00

How to write excellent ELT materials: reading and listening activities

Sue Kay & Karen Spiller

Saturday
Jan 31

  • in-class

Editor’s session

11:30 – 15:30

How to design materials which stand out

 

Tomasz Sztyber

Friday
Feb 07

  • on-line


Author’s session


18:30 – 20:00


How to write excellent ELT materials: speaking and writing activities

Sue Kay & Karen Spiller

Friday
Feb 28

  • on-line

Author’s session

18:30 – 20:00

How to survive as an independent ELT author

Rob Howard

Saturday
March 07

  • in-class


Author’s session


11:30 –  15:30


How to present ELT materials & build your brand as an author

Grzegorz Śpiewak

15:30 – 16:00

PROGRAMME CLOSING

Grzegorz Śpiewak & Marta Rosińska

 

 

COURSE FEE 4200 PLN (ABOUT 1050 EUROS)

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Why did you decide to include your sessions in the programme of the academy?

My session is on how to present your materials and build your brand as an author – two skills that are crucial for long term success and satisfaction. If one chooses to embark on this career path and invest a lot of energy in the process of writing, one must be very smart about how to let the world know that you are out there, ready to cooperate! Especially that the competition is fierce… In my session, I won’t stop at the ‘why’, though, but rather give lots of tried-and-tested tips for the ‘how’, based on a number of success stories. I do hope you will write your own success story soon, too!

Where do you get your inspiration from as an author?

Mostly from reading other people’s pieces, long and short. I guess my greatest inspiration throughout my own teaching and writing career has been Scott Thornbury – apart from his seminal methodology books, I do recommend his blogs, especially the by-now classic “An A-Z of ELT”, at https://scottthornbury.wordpress.com/. My other writing guru is Philip Kerr – check out his fantastically researched and beautifully written blog “Adaptive Learning in ELT”, at: https://adaptivelearninginelt.wordpress.com/about/. I also love well written reviews and so I’m quite partial to ELT Journal. I especially enjoy highly critical ones, so long as they are witty and/or intelligently sarcastic – Michael Swan never disappoints in this respect.

Why did you decide to include your sessions in the programme of the academy?

Writing challenging tasks is only seemingly easy. In reality it’s quite a tall order. I want to teach future authors how to apply the so-called Goldilocks principle to writing tasks for students. There are so many techniques helping inexperienced authors in this area that it would be a shame not to share!

Where do you get your inspiration from as an author?

From life! I read a lot, listen a lot and talk to people a lot. I draw a lot of inspiration from my students who always come up with new ideas. I keep a mini diary which I call ‘Inspirownik’. There I note down things I come across which I find useful for my coursebooks. I never stop thinking about topics for my next units.

Why did you decide to include your sessions in the programme of the academy?

The first of my two sessions on the Authors Academy course is a general introduction to the key principles of materials writing. Throughout my writing career, I have often come across basic principles which I’d wished someone had told me from the beginning. So in this session, I present the principles which any writer should apply to their materials. By dealing with these points, it frees up more time for thinking creatively. The second session looks at how most materials include exercises which are useful for lower order thinking but they lack challenge and don’t make use of higher order thinking; I suggest some writing techniques to achieve this.

What books would you recommend for inspiring authors?

Not surprisingly, I’d recommend a book a co-wrote with the author Lindsay Clandfield called ‘ETpedia Materials Writing’. It’s part of the ETpedia teacher resource series (www.myetpedia.com) and the book provides a reference guide to writing materials; for example, you’ll find lists of question types you can use, tips on writing for video, and also information on copyright.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

My first question to any aspiring author is do you already write on a regular basis for your own lessons and do you enjoy doing it? When I started teaching, I had a course book but I really wanted to create my own materials. I’d stay up late or write at weekends to make materials for my lessons. I did it because I enjoyed writing. Even if I didn’t make a living from it now, I’d still be writing for my students. If that doesn’t describe you, then maybe materials writing isn’t for you.

Why did you decide to include your session in the programme of the academy?

Authors are sometimes like lonely samurai warriors – they fight against deadlines, school assignments, teacher training sessions, fatigue, stress and … editors! Having worked with many ‘warriors’ throughout past 10 years, I’ve come up with a unique code of conduct for all authors – Author’s Bushido. It’s a set of guidelines that will help to avoid most common mistakes and get your ELT materials to the next level. I’d like to share it with you now so here I am! 

Where do you get your inspiration as an editor from?

Mainly from authors! I’ve had the privilege of working with the best authors of ELT materials – they’ve thought me to stay open-minded and tolerant of different writing approaches. Every encounter with an author is very inspirational to me – it’s like the beginning of new adventure Another source of inspiration comes directly from the teachers and their feedback on the course books they use – we must not forget that it’s all about finding the balance between what authors want to write and what the teachers expect to get! 

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

My advice is simple and as old as the hills yet authors sometimes forget about this universal pattern. Always start from planning. Revise the plan. Only then should you start creating short sequences of tasks. Always test them first – on your students or ask other teachers to use them in class. Always proofread the tasks. Never assume the tasks are perfect. Be flexible and prepared to do some rewrites. Learn to like your editor

Why did you decide to include your session in the programme of the academy?

ELT teacher 2 writer and Author Academy are on the same wavelength – our aim is to share experience and advice from established ELT writers in order to help people to develop their ELT writing skills.

Where do you get your inspiration as an author/editor from?

Inspiration has come from all sorts of sources over the years – from colleagues (both teachers and editors), students, speakers at conferences, published materials, the world around us!

What books would you recommend for inspiring authors?

👉 The How to Write series published by our own ELT Teacher 2 Writer https://www.eltteacher2writer.co.uk

Why did you decide to include your session in the programme of the academy?

Having participated last year in the academy, I, without question wanted to be a part of this year’s term. The students are wonderful, attentive and interactive and the program is superb.

Where do you get your inspiration as an author/ editor from?

I get my inspiration from my colleagues in the INDEPENDENT AUTHORS & PUBLISHERS and the IATEFL MaWSIG. Both are great groups of sharing and caring professionals that support me and others unselfishly.

What books would you recommend for inspiring authors?

I recommend reading the books that inspire you to read and to learn. What better model is there for you than to find what worked for you and taking the feel and energy from your inspiration to pass on to others.

Further academic info:

Marta Rosińska

E: marta@e-dos.org I T: 501 037 652

 

 Grzegorz Śpiewak

E: grzegorz@e-dos.org I T: 663 556 677