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.

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


MUSE members publish journal pieces

MUSE, in cooperation with the Materials Development Association (MATSDA), is pleased to announce that we have published work in the September 2018 issue of the materials-based journal, Folio. The article has open access.  To download the MUSE article click here.

MUSE members jointly penned two pieces for Folio. First, we wrote an Open Letter to the MATSDA readership to introduce ourselves, explain what we do, and invite members of the academic community to join in our quest to better understand materials use.

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Second, our MUSE team wrote an article to explain what we view as a mutually beneficial relationship between our vision of Materials Use research and the field of Materials Development. MUSE writers offer a working definition of what we mean by materials use, detail current literature on the subject, share vignettes about work by our current members, and synthesize this work into a model for the direction for future research in the area of materials use.

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Click here for MUSE article

Additional Folio articles are available on materials as open access from the MATSDA website here.

Reference citation for MUSE article:

Guerrettaz, A., Grandon, M., Lee, S., Mathieu, C., Berwick, A., Murray, A., and Pourhaji, M. (2018). Materials use and development: Synergetic processes and research prospects. Folio, 18(2), 37–44.

Note: Both header images above were first published in the MATSDA journal Folio 18.2, September 2018 and are published here with permission.

October 2018 Meeting

The meeting was attended by Marcus, Siwon, Darren, Nausica, me, and our newest member, Simthembile. Simthembile is a PhD student in South Africa teaching and conducting research in teacher education. We are glad to have him join us! In the meeting, we discussed adding several rotating officer roles, and Siwon has taken on the position of reading chair, meaning that she will coordinate the articles that we read/discuss for our regular meetings. We postponed appointment of other positions because we are hoping to have even better attendance at the next meeting. We then had a lively and interesting discussion about the Li and Harfitt (2017) article. We discussed the distinction between the enactment perspective of curriculum research and researching the enactment of materials use. We also were challenged to think of how to successfully and purposefully include more student voice/perspective in materials use research.

One goal for our December meeting is to make some decisions about the structure of MUSE – rotating officer positions, etc. – so we hope to have many people in attendance.

August 2018 Meeting

We opened the August meeting by welcoming our new members, Teppo Jakonen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland) and Nicole Pettitt (Youngstown State University, Ohio, USA). As a very brief introduction, Teppo has conducted research using conversational analysis to explore how students engage with materials during interaction in content and language integrated learning (CLIL) classrooms in Finland. Nicole’s research explores language learning experiences of refugees and immigrants, and she has written on ethical issues that can arise when working with these populations.  

Our writing groups gave brief updates on our progress to date on both the Folio article and the preliminary stages of the Language Teaching article. We then moved into a discussion on Dr. Suresh Canagarajah’s (2018) article entitled Materializing ‘Competence’: Perspectives from International STEM Scholars. We discussed the underlying theories and assumptions of New Materialism and how it relates to other understandings of cognition. We also tackled questions of how a material orientation would be operationalized in a language learning classroom versus a STEM classroom. It was a complex and informative conversation that left many of us with further questions to pursue. 

Next Meeting: We did not determine when our next meeting will be, particularly because we want to ensure that we are not excluding certain individuals by always meeting at the same time. Cory has developed a survey to hopefully get some feedback on scheduling, and we will then determine the best way to proceed. 

June 2018 Meeting

Members present: Cory, Anne Marie, Marcus, Darren, Yi-Ju, Nausica (welcome!) Siwon joined us for a moment as well. 

We began the meeting by talking briefly about re-organizing our group now that we are growing and becoming more publicly linked to other websites and organizations. We agreed on four main roles that would be rotated among group members. These include:

-webmaster (website maintenance)

-secretary (organizes meeting logistics and takes minutes)

-research reading chair (solicits suggestions for readings and makes choices for each meeting –> research consumption)

-research project chair (organizes and spearheads a current group research project or publication –> research production)

We decided that, for the time being, Marcus will take on the role of webmaster and Cory will take on the role of secretary. We will talk more about the two research-related roles in our next meeting. 

The second half of the meeting was a discussion of Hasegawa (2018). Much of the conversation revolved around the author’s use of Conversation Analysis as an analytic tool and the relative affordances and challenges with integrating CA with a multimodal perspective of data representation. We also discussed how this article took up material use in a less explicit manner and how material use research might sometimes be “hidden” within articles that have a different analytical focus. Finally, we discussed the author’s highlight of the importance of shared contextual knowledge in student use of materials and interaction analysis. We noted how students responded to cues that may have come from the materials but were mediated by their shared knowledge. It was a rich and critical conversation, and Yi-Ju’s perspective and knowledge of Conversation Analysis was particularly appreciated. 

Our next meeting will be Monday, July 2 from 3-5 p.m. U.S. CST. Anne Marie will be coordinating the next meeting as I will be traveling in the weeks prior, and she will send a reminder message closer to the date. 

September 2017: Dr. Brian Tomlinson joins MUSE

We are deeply honored to announce that Dr. Brian Tomlinson has accepted our invitation to join MUSE as an advisory board member. Advisory board members are distinguished leaders and scholars in the field who counsel the body of regular members, provide aspects of mentorship to the organization, and may give guest talks at meetings. Dr. Tomlinson’s enormous contributions to the field of materials writing include numerous publications in areas of expertise such as:

  • Materials and Curriculum Development and Evaluation
  • Programme Evaluation
  • Roles of Inner Speech and Visual Imaging in the Learning and Use of Languages
  • Language Teaching Methodology
  • Teaching Language Through Literature
  • Language Evaluation and Assessment
  • Reading Research and Teaching of Reading
  • Teacher Development
  • Language Acquisition and Development

In addition, Dr. Tomlinson is the founding member of The Materials Development Association (MATSDA), an organization that brings together teachers, researchers, writers and publishers from all over the world to help inform the field of materials development for language learning. MATSDA hosts annual conferences, conducts workshops, consults on textbook writing projects, and publishes the journal Folio. More information can be found on MATSDA at the MATSDA Website.

Currently, Dr. Tomlinson is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool, a TESOL Professor at Anaheim University and a Chair Professor at Shanghai International Studies University.

MUSE is delighted to have Dr. Tomlinson as an advisory board member, and we look forward to his invaluable guidance. Welcome to MUSE, Dr. Tomlinson.

July 2017 Meeting

Minutes 7/28/17

In attendance:  Adon, Anne Marie, Cory, and Marcus. Siwon was unable to attend at the last minute, so she offered input via email.

The focus of our July 2017 meeting related to our growing group’s goals, organization, and projects.

In mid-July, approximately one week before our MUSE group meeting, Anne Marie met with our Advisory Board Member, Elaine Tarone, to discuss directions for MUSE. In the group meeting, members considered ways in which we could implement many of the insightful suggestions offered by Professor Tarone regarding the group’s ongoing and future work.

MUSE plans to further engage teachers and researchers as part of an effort to increase our impact and membership. For example, language teachers and researchers can look for MUSE members at select language teaching and applied linguistics conferences . Language teachers and researchers can watch for our flyers, formal and informal discussions, and other public announcements at these conferences.

MUSE currently has three collaborative research projects on language classroom materials use underway, in which most members are actively involved. Results of these will be published on the website as they come to fruition.

The next MUSE meeting will be held in 4-6 weeks.

April 2017 Meeting

Minutes 4/13/17

Welcome to our newest member, Adon Berwick in Brisbane, Australia!

-Attended by Doreen, Anne Marie, Mostafa, Cory, Adon, and Marcus.

-Anne Marie put forth the idea that MUSE could do a group project together such as a special issue of a journal or a presentation at a conference.

-We discussed the reading paper co-authored by MUSE member Mostafa Pourhaji: Pourhaji, M., Alavi, S. M., & Karimpour, S. (2016). Built-In Learner Participation Potential of Locally-and Globally-Designed ELT Materials. Journal of Teaching Language Skills35(3), 119-156. Click here to read the article.

-MUSE member Cory Mathieu then presented her research on use of materials in language immersion classrooms in the USA entitled “Spanish immersion materials and the secondary classroom ecology”.

-Both Mostafa’s paper and Cory’s presentation sparked active and supportive discussions regarding the topics in the research.

-Deadline for submissions for TESOL 2018 in Chicago is June 1, 2017. Doreen suggested that perhaps a workshop is a good way to get a presentation slot at the conference.  MUSE members may want to produce some sort of joint workshop presentation. We could also try again to put some panel together for AAAL.

-Next meeting is planned for May 2017.

December 2016 Meeting

Minutes 12/10/16

-Attended by Anne Marie, Mostafa, Cory, Adam and Marcus.

-Our proposal for AAAL was rejected, but we feel that it is a good footing and we will try again next year by including a greater number of participants and more primary studies.

-We discussed possible attendance to the MATSDA conference on June 10-11, 2017 in Holland.

-We discussed grant funding in our respective locales, and the WSU can give us support by looking at our grant proposals and providing feedback.

-Discussion then shifted to methods of data collection, and also teaching techniques in our own classrooms.

-We moved to discuss the reading paper: Jakonen, T. (2015). Handling knowledge: Using classroom materials to construct and interpret information requests. Journal of Pragmatics89, 100-112. The discussion was engaging and lively about topics from the paper and how we could relate elements found in the paper to our own research.

-Anne Marie has co-authored a paper that was just published in TESOL quarterly. The topic then moved to multimodality and ecology.

October 2016 Meeting

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.