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Materials Design: Principled Compromise or Compromised Principles?

Ivor Timmis
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  • English Language--Study And Teaching
  • Teaching--Aids And Devices
  • L - Education
  • Education


This paper discusses the process of developing English language teaching materials which are both sound in theory and practicable in a specific educational context. The main argument of the paper is that, while materials should be based on principles drawn from relevant theory, these principles need to be negotiated when they are applied in a particular social context and that this negotiation itself should be a principled process. The originality of the paper lies in the way it shows the effect at classroom level of attenuating principles in response to feedback from practitioners.

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