In an update of a post from @muranava’s excellent EFLNotes blog, Mike Boyle, ELT author and editor, talks about why learning to code and taking on technology projects to help language learners is a career boost for EFL teachers and materials writers.
We invited speakers at the Innovate ELT conference to submit write-ups of their talks and this is the first. Here, materials writer Claire Hart reflects on an increasingly common role for writers: adapting print content for digital delivery.
Founded by Karen Spiller, Karen White and best-selling ELT author Sue Kay (Inside Out, Reward Resource Packs, Focus) to help connect writers with publishers. It also publishes training ebooks.
Getting into digital materials writing is still a goal for many. Good luck if you’re one of them and here are some tips to help. While not comprehensive, the list is the real deal and reflects the big changes happening right now in ELT publishing as a result of the rush to digital. It’s aimed more at those trying to get in as new writers, rather than established authors.
Technology in the world of ELT is evolving rapidly. Helping freelance editors to evolve alongside it was the main aim when Karen White and I organised the recent Away-Day. We’d asked freelancers through Karen’s White Ink Limited Facebook page. ‘What would you like to see offered on an away-day?’ Time and time again came the reply ‘a focus on digital publishing’. Networking opportunities. A few sensible types said, ‘info on VAT, taxes and accounting,’ and one person said, ‘lunch’. And so the first ELT Freelancers’ Away-Day was born. It attracted mostly editors, but several designers and media researchers, a few authors and an audio producer also attended. Here’s a summary of four very useful sessions.