For our October meeting, members from the USA and Japan attended. First, we welcomed a new member, Cory Mathieu, to the group. Then, we discussed the panel for the 2017 AAAL conference, conferences that members attended over the summer 2016, and an upcoming conference in November 2016.
For the reading group discussion, we read Miguel’s (2015) paper entitled Textbook consumption in the classroom: Analyzing a classroom corpus. This paper is one of the first to be released on the use of materials in classrooms, and focused on the teacher adaptation of materials. We had a lively discussion about the way Miguel applied a framework from McDonough, Shaw and Masaharu (2013) to analyze the teacher adaptation of materials. The use of this framework provides an innovative and solid way forward for the study of materials use from the standpoint of ways in which teachers use materials.
Finally, we discussed elements of current research projects in the works by members, and grant writing proposals.
McDonough, J., Shaw, C., & Masuhara, H. (2013). Materials and Methods in EFL.
Miguel, N. M. (2015). Textbook consumption in the classroom: Analyzing a classroom corpus. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 198, 309-319.