Stage 1 of the ESP Materials Design Partnership Project ended on 21 September. During the first five months of the project, we trained 134 new materials designers. Fifty percent of those designers have already registered to return for the upcoming 3-day Summit to kick off Stage 2 on 2-4 October.
Stage 2 participants have already begun to complete pre-summit tasks in SLA concepts, input testing and manipulation, and advanced template use and design. By the end of the summit, this group will have planned and begun to design a textbook together. This textbook will adhere to second language acquisition principles in order to raise the proficiency level of English language learners in an EAP setting. The textbook will be available for download on this site by the beginning of 2016.
We have also begun to train new designers who wish to continue offering the Fundamentals of Materials Design training after this year-long project. More Stage 1-type sessions will become available as trainers become ready late in 2015 and in spring of 2016. If you missed Stage 1, watch this website for the next available opportunity to get this training. View training topics.