September 2019 Meeting


The meeting began with announcements of MUSE organizational points and updates by members of recent academic news. Because MUSE has grown in recent months, members reside in diverse time zones all over the world and settling on a meeting to accommodate everyone has become increasingly more of a challenge, we’ve decided to record our meetings. These recordings are private and only intended for our members only so that we can choose to stay updated. We have no intention to make these recordings public so that members being recorded can be as candid as possible within the space of our MUSE meetings. The only way to access these recordings is to get the link from MUSE. We send the link to members in an email after the meetings.

We are awaiting a final answer from the editors of Classroom Discourse on a proposal for a special issue on materials use. Response has been positive, and as we await a final decision,  additional authors are needed because the journal has suggested a two-part, special issue due to the number of quality abstracts submitted. MUSE members Cory , Nausica, or Teppo are the editors of the special issue.  This special issue is a great opportunity for our members to publish. If you’d like to contribute an article or if you know someone who may want to make a contribution, please let the editors know. Cory will also send this information through our mailing list. There is a November deadline to submit drafts of the articles.

Continuing along with publications, Brian Tomlinson at MATSDA has asked  MUSE members Claudia and Adon to edit the conference proceedings from the 2019 MATSDA conference. These proceedings are often turned into books by MATSDA. Here again, is another way to deepen our ties with MATSDA. Claudia and Adon may need readers for the articles, and MUSE members could assist with the process.

We also heard details of Anne Marie’s plenary presentation at MATSDA. Cory and Darren are also involved with editing a book project on materials use that is moving down the pipeline.

We then moved into a lively and fascinating discussion on the reading for the meeting which was: Toohey, K., Dagenais, D., Fodor, A., Hof, L., Nuñez, O., Singh, A., & Schulze, L. (2015). “That sounds so cooool”: Entanglements of children, digital tools, and literacy practices. TESOL Quarterly, 49(3), 461-485.


MUSE at MATSDA 2019 Conference

MUSE member Dr. Anne Marie Guerrettaz was a plenary speaker at the annual MATSDA Conference in June of 2019. The conference was held on the campus of the University of Liverpool. Dr. Guerrettaz, who serves as moderator for MUSE, shared her research on materials use with the conference attendees. In addition, she had an opportunity to introduce MUSE to the MATSDA community in person, which followed-up on MUSE’s open letter to MATSDA members that MUSE members published in the latest volume of the journal, Folio.

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Click here for Folio article co-authored by MUSE members

June 2019 Meeting

June 5, 2019

MUSE was delighted to have a guest speaker for this meeting. Dr. Amy Roth-McDuffie, Professor of Mathematics Education and Associate Dean for Research and External Funding in the College of Education at Washington State University, shared her tremendous expertise and time with us. It was truly stimulating to have the chance to read her work and to discuss one of her articles in depth (Choppin, J., McDuffie, A. R., Drake, C., & Davis, J. (2018). Curriculum ergonomics: Conceptualizing the interactions between curriculum design and use. International Journal of Educational Research, 92, 75-85.), along with her broader knowledge of the field of materials use in mathematics. We were honored and very appreciative to have had the chance to dialogue with her about terminology and concepts behind the notion of “pedagogical materials” in mathematics education and in language education. In addition, Dr. Roth-McDuffie also suggested a number of other journal articles for future reading. These articles were sent to members in a follow-up email.

Many sincere thanks to Dr. Roth-McDuffie for joining us!


AILA 2020 call for papers

The World Congress of Applied Linguistics has announced a call for papers for the AILA conference  to be held in the Netherlands on Aug 9–14, 2020.  Please click on the link below the for more information.

Anne Maire Guerrettaz and Nausica Marcos-Miguel will be co-chairing a symposium at the conference.


Dr. Anne Marie Guerrettaz interviewed on Podcast

MUSE co-founder, Dr. Anne Marie Guerrettaz, appeared on the May 23, 2019 episode of the Washington State University podcast Education Eclipse to discuss her recent grant awards and research into use of materials. Dr. Guerrettaz, along with Co-PIs (and MUSE member) Dr. Nausica Marcos Miguel and Dr. Nancy Bell, recently secured a Spencer Foundation Award to conduct a nationwide study on materials use in language classrooms.

Click here to listen to the podcast.


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April 2019 Meeting

The meeting was attended by Adon Berwick, Nausica Marcos, Teppo Jakonen, Darren LaScotte, Zhan Li, and Cory Mathieu. We opened the meeting with a recap of AAAL, including the MUSE open meeting – which was attended by eleven people – and a colloquium on material mediation in the classroom in which Darren and Cory presented. We also discussed the possibility of submitting a proposal for a symposium on materials use research at AILA 2020, for which Anne Marie will take the lead. Our discussion then turned to Yumi Matsumoto’s recent MLJ article titled Material Moments: Teacher and Student Use of Materials in Multilingual Writing Classroom Interactions. The article prompted a dynamic discussion on a variety of topics including how we as researchers define materials, the potential agentivity of materials in the classroom (and the pushback some of us have received from other scholars on this topic), and how complexity theory relates to different methodologies (particularly short-term versus longitudinal research).

MUSE Members win Spencer Award

MUSE International is delighted to announce that members Anne Marie Guerrettaz (Washington State University, USA) and Nausica Marcos Miguel (Denison University, USA) have won a Spencer Foundation Research Award. The pair, in collaboration with Professor Nancy Bell (Washington State University), will conduct research on Spanish as a foreign language teaching materials. This study will include colleges and universities across three states in the USA during the 2019–2020 academic year.

The following is an excerpt from the winning proposal:

‘U.S. 4-year colleges commonly require intermediate-level foreign language coursework (Lusin, 2012). Therefore, this 16-month project will investigate 12 intermediate Spanish classes at diverse colleges in 3 states. We will observe, collect, and analyze classroom interactions involving instructional materials (144 hours), and conduct multimodal discourse analysis, interviews, and focus groups. This research lays critical groundwork for understanding how instructional materials affect U.S. foreign language classrooms, generates a typology regarding impacts of materials on classroom interaction, and has implications for improving foreign language education and materials design.’

MUSE membership has played a role in this research project. By having a presence at international conferences in countries such as the USA, Finland, Japan, Cambodia and the UK, members not only present their findings but reach out to like-minded researchers to forge relationships for future projects. ‘We [Guerrettaz and I] definitely connected through MUSE. We just met in person last year at the AAAL conference!’ says Marcos Miguel. Guerrettaz adds, ‘MUSE is doing wonderful things connecting researchers in these types of endeavors.  We, as an international research consortium, look forward to pursuing more of these types of grants in the coming year.’

We at MUSE are pleased and excited to wish Anne Marie, Nausica, and Nancy great success with their Spencer Foundation Research Award!

Feb 2019 Meeting

Our first meeting of 2019 set an attendance record. Here’s a warm welcome to  the new participants: Li Zhan (China), Sarah Han (UPenn), Mari Haneda (UPenn), Magda Madany (UPenn). The regular participants were: Cory Mathieu, Anne Marie Guerrettaz, Marcus Grandon, Yi-Ju Lai, Adon Berwick, Nausica Marcos, Nicole Pettit and Simthembile.

Some information that we discussed regarding some upcoming events and new ideas/initiatives are as follows:

  1. At AAAL, MUSE International will hold an open meeting for all MUSE members and other AAAL attendees on Tuesday, March 12 from 12:30-1:45 pm as advertised here:
  2. AILA has Research Networks (ReNs) that we discussed plugging into as part of our existing MUSE International group. Here is additional information: We would need to apply and probably have 3 “convenors” (i.e., facilitators/organizers/leaders). Anne Marie will begin getting more information about this process, and Teppo and Mari have both expressed interest as well.  Please let Anne Marie know if anyone else is interested and in what capacity.
  3. Grants: We discussed a few months ago applying for one (or multiple?) collaborative grants as an organizational goal for 2019.  Anne Mariecreated a sign-up sheet here for all those who are interested and think that they will have time to work on such a project over the next year or more. Yesterday, we discussed creating a subgroup to work on this project outside of our regularly all-group meetings. Please add your name and consider the few short questions at this online survey link if you are interested: Please complete this by Monday, Feb. 25.  Anne Marie will then send out a Doodle poll to schedule our first “exploratory” meeting to discuss ideas, options, and individual availability.
  4. Teppo will be attending  the 4th international conference Thinking, doing, learning 2019. The conference seeks to advance the understanding of usage-based approaches to the L2 environment.
  5. Lastly, a big congrats to Yumi Matsumoto for her MLJ publication that just came out recently online!

Many thanks to Anne Marie and Cory for contributing the notes above.

The reading for discussion was:  Harwood, N. (2017). What can we learn from mainstream education textbook research?. RELC Journal48(2), 264-277.



MUSE and MATSDA deepen ties

MUSE and MATSDA have now formed a stronger relationship in order to deepen knowledge about materials and  materials use. On the front page of their website, MATSDA have now posted a link to the MUSE open letter that was co-written by MUSE members and published in the journal Folio.

Here’s the link to the open letter Click for letter

This link will help promote MUSE and hopefully drive traffic to our website for people interested in materials use. Recent analytics show that our MUSE homepage has gotten approximately 2,000 views from people in dozens of countries around the world.

In addition, MUSE Co-founder, Anne Marie Guerrettaz, has accepted an invitation from the MATSDA team to be a plenary speaker at their 2019 annual conference. This year the conference will be held on June 15th and 16th at the University of Liverpool. MUSE members will be interested to know that the theme for the conference is ‘Using Language Learning Materials’. Such a theme suggests that there is widening interest in the field regarding the theme of materials use. MUSE is not only playing a pioneering role in this theme but also creating an impact in the field through publications and conference presentations. MATSDA 2019 Conference Link

I remind readers that MUSE members also co-wrote an entire article for Folio that was published recently and made available as open-access on the MATSDA website. MUSE Article

MATSDA have also linked our MUSE homepage to their front page. This link can be found in the blue box in the ‘News’ section of the MATSDA homepage.  MATSDA Homepage

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MUSE thanks MATSDA for this amazing level of support. We at MUSE are grateful to MATSDA for the opportunity to move forward together with our common interests, and look forward to a continuing and fruitful relationship.



December 2018 Meeting

After general greetings and announcements, we discussed officer roles. Consensus was that we add both moderator and treasurer roles. The Moderator would be a big picture role with an eye on furthering the progress of the group, communicating with the advisor board on a regular basis, look for funding, and lead meetings at times.  Anne Marie volunteered to be the Moderator, and Nausica volunteered to be treasurer.

We discussed future projects including the potential editing and writing for special issues of several journals.

Our primary group goal for 2019 is applying for large grants.

Then, we moved to discuss the reading of an article on the relationships between materials use, social media, and identity.