How To Write Primary Materials

Writing for primary is, as you may imagine, creative and fun. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that primary materials are easier to write than more ‘dense’ materials for teenagers or adults. This is not the case, and multi-talented author Kath Bilsborough provides essential background information about the particular challenges of writing for this age group – an age when children are developing their cognitive skills at the same time as they are learning English. Variety is important for young learners and Kath provides a useful list of activities that work well for primary. She then goes into detail about writing stories, games and songs. Tasks throughout the book give you a chance to write your own activities and compare them with Kath’s published materials.

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.

Read a review in TEYLT Worldwide, Issue 2, 2020: The newsletter of the IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group

Katherine Bilsborough

Katherine has worked in ELT since 1986 as a teacher, trainer and author. She has published coursebooks and materials for all ages and contexts. Her primary materials include Ace!Oxford Rooftops, Big Questions, Bright Ideas and Look!  She develops print and digital materials for the British Council and the BBC and regularly contributes to the LearnEnglish and TeachingEnglish websites and NGL’s In Focus blog. Katherine is co-founder of the ELT Footprint community.

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