John Hughes, Lindsay Clandfield

ETpedia Materials Writing

Resource Book

500 ideas for creating English language materials

ETpedia Materials Writing has 500 ideas to support and aid writers, teachers and students in creating English materials in one complete reference guide.



ETpedia Materials Writing is a complete reference guide for writing English materials. It provides both new and experienced teachers with 500 tips, advice and ideas. This resource covers everything from basic principles to extensive materials writing.

It follows on from other books in the ETpedia series, which all use a system of units of 10 to make the resource easy-to-use whether you are dipping in for a quick tip or looking for more comprehensive ideas. Each unit will inspire you whether you’re writing your own materials for the first time or if you’re an experienced materials writer looking to further develop your skills.


‘ETpedia Materials Writing…addresses a real need in the ELT industry, offering comprehensive and practical advice for both novice materials writers and the more experienced… The sheer number and variety of ideas will make it a source of inspiration for all materials developers, especially those who have writer’s block or are stretched for time… I would strongly recommend ETpedia Materials Writing for any (and every) ELT staffroom.’Meredith MacAuley.

Meredith MacAuley is a teacher and teacher trainer in Australia. You can read her full review, published in English Australia Journal in November 2017, here.

Take a look at the contents here. You can also take a look at ‘10 reasons for using ETpedia Materials Writing‘.


ETpedia Materials Writing is ideal for ELT teachers with any level of experience. If a teacher is new to materials writing, the book will provide support and if they are experienced in materials writing, it will provide inspiration, as well as tips and checklists to develop your skills further.

It’s also perfect if you’re studying on an ELT course as you will be expected to produce your own materials.


ISBN: 9781911028628
Publication: 21 February 2017


John Hughes has over twenty years of English language teaching experience. He has worked as a teacher, a teacher trainer, and ELT course leader. During this time he has been a speaker at conferences, a blogger, and an author of ELT books and materials. He is the editor of the successful ETpedia series.

Lindsay Clandfield is an award-winning writer, teacher, teacher trainer and international speaker in the field of English language teaching. He has written more than ten coursebooks for language learners and is the co-author of various methodology books for teachers. He has also self-published books for teachers and learners. You can find out more about him here.

Kindle edition

If you would like to get your copy immediately or save on postage costs, you can now buy a Kindle version of ETpedia Materials Writing! You can also take a look inside before you buy. Kindle editions can be read on the Kindle app across most devices, including phones, tablets and computers, so you do not need a Kindle device to purchase a copy.

On the Kindle version, in the Appendix you will also find photocopiable handouts with additional classroom activities. These can be used exactly as they are, or adapted and developed to suit your own context. You will also find a link to a digital version of the handouts at the start of the Appendix section so you can download you own version or make print outs when you need them.


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