A Systematic Approach to Making Textbook Supplements

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Cameron Romney, Kyoto Sangyo University

Many teachers have little or no say in coursebook selection, and despite publisher claims that coursebooks provide everything a teacher requires, no coursebook can actually satisfy all student and teacher needs. Therefore, many teachers make their own materials to be used as supplements for their textbook. This paper introduces a systematic approach developed by the author called ACoPE: analyze, consult, produce and evaluate. First, teacher–writers analyze their textbooks to determine the theme, linguistic features and the communicative functions of the coursebook. Next, teachers consult other teaching materials to find alternatives to their current textbook. After this, teacher–writers produce supplements based on the analysis and consultation. Finally, teacher–writers evaluate the effectiveness of the supplement after using it in class, and make any changes that are needed. Using the ACoPE system can simplify and reduce the amount of time needed to create supplemental materials.