Linguistics at Newcastle

Seminar Items

Creating - and publishing – imaginative and appropriate materials for teaching English to children in different parts of the world

In this talk, Mary will discuss her shift from being a language teacher to becoming an editor and established creator of teaching materials.

Date/Time: 14th March 2017 16:00-17:00

Venue: King George VI Building, Lth 5

Mary Charrington is a widely-known designer of English language teaching materials. In 1988, after teaching in the UK and overseas and creating materials for her own use, Mary joined Heinemann ELT. Here she developed language courses and materials for children in Spain, Greece, Japan, the Far East and Latin America. For many subsequent years Mary has worked as a freelance writer and content editor for primary ELT materials. She has published with Oxford University Press and Macmillan English. Mary is the co-author of various course books including Daisy, Robin and Me, Explorers, Next Stop, Bingo/Eko and Friends, Yoyo/Fun Time, Christmas Fun and Peekaboo, and has contributed to Jigsaw, Domino, Faces, M Tunes, New Chatterbox and New Sparks.
 
In this talk, Mary will discuss her shift from being a language teacher to becoming an editor and established creator of teaching materials. Mary will then provide an overview of teaching English to children in various countries, considering the particular requirements of younger learners. One particular challenge Mary regularly faces is to adapt materials so that they are deemed ‘culturally appropriate’ for children in various countries. Mary will discuss this challenge and her ways of managing it.