How To Write Exam Preparation Materials

How are exam preparation materials different from general English language teaching materials? How can a writer construct exam-type tasks that test students’ abilities in the four main skills, as well as grammar and vocabulary? These are two of the questions Roy Norris answers in this book, sharing his wealth of experience gained over more than a decade of ELT writing. Writers will appreciate the invaluable time-saving tips, tasks that encourage critical evaluation, and the detailed commentaries which provide further hints and insights. The book is ideal for teachers who are preparing students for exams and want to create targeted and bespoke content to address their students’ specific needs.

This book forms part of the ELT Teacher 2 Writer training course. The course is designed to help you write better ELT materials, either for publication, or simply to improve the quality of your self-produced classroom materials.


Roy Norris

In a career spanning 35 years, Roy started out teaching French and German in England before moving to Madrid in 1989 to work in ELT, mainly for International House. He also spent a brief period in the 1990s as Director of Studies at Soros International House in Vilnius, Lithuania. Roy has been writing for Macmillan for over 20 years, and is the author of Straight to First, Ready for First and Straightforward Advanced, and co-author of Ready for Advanced.

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