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PGCert Education – ELT Writing Materials


School of Education

Postgraduate Certificates

This PGCert is for language teachers wishing to develop their skills of materials design for language learners to a professional level. You will create principled, theorised resources that meet the needs of a specific learner group and the ELT market.

ELT Writing Materials covers the complete writing cycle, from the first concept to piloting, and concludes with an author’s ‘pitch’ to an editorial board that includes members of the ELT publishing industry. You will evaluate the different types and purposes of ELT materials and their match for specific audiences. You will engage with current professional dialogue about the nature and value of materials and their impact on learners, teachers and the learning culture. You will gain the skills of critical and constructive peer review; piloting and editorial processes.

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Harcourt Hill Campus / Distance learning

Course length

  • Part time: 1 year

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Successful graduates of the course are entitled to join a professional ELT database that is accessed by publishers seeking authors.
  • The programme is endorsed by an independent ELT publisher based in Oxford and includes the participation of established materials writers and editors in the ELT field. Students of this course will leave the programme with employable skills, opportunities and networks.
  • The course can be taken online, on campus, or a combination of both. If on-campus, students will be studying in the vibrant and unique learning culture of Oxford.
  • The course is designed to enhance the teaching context of the student, wherever they teach and at whatever level.
  • There are few similar programmes dedicated to ELT Materials writing in the UK. This one has attracted the attention of materials writing interest groups such as the IATEFL special interest group (MaWSIG), and has led to publications and joint symposium.

The PG Certificate in ELT Materials Writing consists of three modules (60 credits) taken part time  either on-campus or distance learning over one year. The three modules are:

ELT Changing Methodologies (Autumn semester) 

This module is designed to give the TESOL practitioner an engagement with some of the key debates current in the profession, such as the place of the mother tongue in the classroom, the impact of corpus on language teaching, and current understandings of the learning process.

ELT Materials Writing (Spring semester) 

This module explores different modes in which materials are generated for learners and engages with professional dialogue about the value and effectiveness of teaching resources. You will engage in small-scale market research and materials design projects and will connect with real-world projects in the ELT publishing industry.

Independent study: investigating practice  (Summer semester) 

This module provides you with an opportunity to engage in independent study/practice investigation of an approved topic relevant to the programme and is  conducted under supervision with the prior approval of the Module Leader and Subject Coordinator. The independent study/practice investigation may be based on primary and/or secondary data.

Please note: as our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the list of modules you choose from may vary from that shown here.

Teaching and learning

  • Evaluation of published materials and resources in group discussion (online or in class)
  • Seminars to discuss and share the critical literature related to materials writing, conducted either face to face or online
  • Micro-teaching materials in progress
  • Peer review evaluation of materials in progress
  • Observation of materials piloted by another teacher
  • Presentation of materials in progress to an editorial board
  • Private study of online networks, resources, readings

Specialist facilities

All ELT Writing Materials students will have access to dedicated materials written for potential authors by Teacher2Writer; an independent publisher based in Oxford and committed to the development of teachers to become materials writers.

Approach to assessment

The course is assessed through:

1. A formative report tracking the stages of materials development, including analysis of the needs of a chosen learner group; planning and developing first ideas; researching the background; comparing the market; insights gained through piloting; responses to student and peer feedback; analysis of the materials in relation to current research and current resources

2. The materials themselves highlighting the revisions at different stages, and the reasons for these revisions.


Sample work

Dr Jane Spiro and two of the student’s on the course talk to the editor of the MaWSIG blog (the IATEFL Materials Writing special interest group):

Training teachers to write materials on an MA TESOL

The trainee material writer’s perspective

ELT Writing Materials

The materials designed during this programme need to be piloted by another teacher in a learning/teaching context.

Attendance pattern

The course is flexible and can be completed online as well as on campus (Harcourt Hill). The on-campus timetable is currently as follows:

  • ELT Changing Methodologies: Semester 1 and 2 (Sept-March), Wednesday 10:00-12:00
  • ELT Materials Writing: Semester 2 (Jan-May), Tuesday 13:00-15.30
  • Investigating practice: Semester 3 (May-July), Independent study

Distance learning – the programme can be achieved by part-time online learning through the use of our Moodle platform. For each module this usually requires about 12 hours a week plus time spent on assessment.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - part time fee: 2019/20 £620 per single module 2020/21: £725 per single module

Home/EU - distance learning fee: 2019/20 £620 per single module 2020/21: £725 per single module

International - part time fee: 2019/20: £1,500 per single module 2020/21: £1,580 per single module

International - distance learning fee: 2019/20: £1,500 per single module 2020/21: £1,580 per single module

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

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Funding and scholarships

Entry requirements

Students should normally have a first degree.

English language requirements

Please see the university's standard English language requirements

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the university's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

International applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply

To apply for this course please complete the ELT Writing Materials application form.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

How this course helps you develop

The PG Certificate aims to develop reflective practitioners at master's level. 


Your learning on the course may lead to better prospects for career advancement and students may change role / direction as a function of developing new understandings and skills from their work on the course.

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Related courses

  • MA Education
  • MA Education – TESOL