I take on materials development work for free sometimes. I appreciate that not everyone has time to do that, can afford to, or might want to. I choose to do it for different reasons.
- It might be for a good cause – I don’t get many requests like that, but it has happened in the past.
- It might lead to paid writing work.
- It might help my professional development.
- It’s good for networking.
- I don’t have any contracts on and just fancy keeping my hand in with something.
Here are some (TRUE!) examples of how offering my materials development services for free has been worthwhile:
Onestopenglish is still free at the moment. This is a great opportunity to make the most of their awesome resources. There’s so much available on the site: lesson plans, articles related to methodology, resources created by the Onestopenglish community… they’ve also been teaming up with institutions like NILE recently to provide tips for teachers.
I’ve written a few resources for site over the past year which I hope you will find interesting and useful. Most of them are for the Everyday Life series. They’re print-and-go adult General English resources, complete with teacher notes and student worksheets. These are often task-led and typically suit 1 – 1.5 hour lessons.
Everyday Life Lesson Topics:
Getting to work
Describing your neighbourhood
Article /resource for the Online Education series:
Parents as Temporary Teachers
Lesson Share Winning Resource:
Instant Coffee, a Black Mirror inspired short story with resources (for approximately three hours of class time)
Feedback on any of these resources is most welcome! I hope they come in handy for your own lessons.