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How to start writing for publishing: a teacher's personal journey

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Talk at IATEFL birmingham 2016

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How to start writing for publishing: a teacher's personal journey

  1. 1. HOW TO START WRITING
 FOR PUBLICATION:
 A TEACHER’S PERSONAL JOURNEY Nergiz Kern
  2. 2. What this talk is about … and what it is not
  3. 3. How to start writing for publication: a teacher’s personal journey
  4. 4. How to start writing for publication: a teacher’s personal journey
  5. 5. How to start writing for publication: a teacher’s personal journey
  6. 6. Overview What this talk is about How my journey started What is publication? Why write? What stops us from writing? How to start writing? Where to publish? What to do next? Where to find out more? Questions & Comments D iscuss
  7. 7. Google Document https://goo.gl/PUrfSf Add your comments and questions.
  8. 8. How to start writing for publication: a teacher’s personal journey
  9. 9. What does publication mean? D iscuss 1. worksheets / lesson plans shared with colleagues 2. worksheets / lesson plans shared online 3. course in an online platform (Moodle, English360, Blackboard) 4. course material you wrote for your school 5. public online course 6. printed/online material you wrote but your name doesn’t show 7. self-published print / ebook Writing course material Writing for teacher development 1. Twitter update 2. Facebook update 3. blog post on your website 4. guest blog post on a school or publisher website 5. article in print magazine 6. article in online magazine 7. article in journal 8. book / book chapter
  10. 10. How my journey started
  11. 11. Blog How my journey started
  12. 12. First published article English Teaching Professional How my journey started
  13. 13. Blog MA assignment How my journey started Blended course
  14. 14. First
 book chapter Blended learning: 
 Podcasts for taxi drivers How my journey started
  15. 15. Second published article English Teaching Professional How my journey started
  16. 16. Blog MA assignment How my journey started Blended course
  17. 17. Second
 book chapter Technology-Integrated ESP Lessons:
 Real-Life Language, Tasks, and
 Tools for Professionals How my journey started
  18. 18. Online platform: English360 How my journey started Materials writing Managing projects Editorial work
  19. 19. Missed opportunities
  20. 20. D iscuss Why write?
  21. 21. Why write? vanity? self-promotion sharing experience asking for ideas, help new career extra income sharing ideas freedom /
 self-employment independence need / requirement to publish teacher development ???
  22. 22. Why write? vanity? self-promotion sharing experience asking for ideas, help new career extra income sharing ideas freedom /
 self-employment independence need / requirement to publish teacher development
  23. 23. D iscuss What stops us from writing?
  24. 24. What stops us from writing? lack of time? lack of ideas? fear of making mistakes?lack of motivation? thinking you lack the skill to write? ??? not knowing how to start? not knowing where to publish? fear of being criticised for our views?
  25. 25. How to start writing? Read! Join materials writer groups Start small! Don’t make bold claims or generalise. Keep it personal:
 Your thoughts, your experiences, your views. Ask questions about things that puzzle you.
  26. 26. You might already have the material! Make your worksheets / lesson plans look publishable and share them online. Write down your reflections, reactions, thoughts, and questions. Turn these notes into blog posts or articles. Turn blog posts into articles, book chapters or whole books. Turn DELTA/MA assignments into articles or book chapters. Write/Use course material. > Then write about it. Use new technology/methods/techniques. > Then write about it. Read a book in your field. > Then write a review. What to write about?
  27. 27. Where to publish? Own blog Publisher blogs IATEFL / SIG blogs Linkedin and similar blogs Lesson plan websites British Council Teaching English website IATEFL Voices / Conference Selections / newsletters ELT Magazines (IH Journal, EFL Magazine, ETP, …) Call for chapter contributions Self-publish ebooks or print books …
  28. 28. What’s your next step? D iscuss http://goo.gl/yUNf6B (blog post for this talk)
  29. 29. Where to find out more? At IATEFL How to get published in a refereed journal (Graham Hall) How to write successfully for IATEFL Conference Selections (Tania Pattison) How to write for IATEFL Voices and other English teaching magazines
 (Alison Schwetlick) > Saturday! Other sources Materials Writing SIG ELTTeacher2Writer Webinar: How To Become An ELT Materials Writer (with Karen Spiller and Sue Kay) International House Journal
 Issue 39: special focus on writing and publishing ELT materials
 How to Become an ELT Materials Writer A No-Nonsense Guide to WRITING MATERIALS by ELT Writers Connected The Guardian: How to get published in an academic journal - Top tips from editors
  30. 30. Thank you! nergizkern.com Questions? https://goo.gl/PUrfSf Comments? english360.com Stand 45 Images: shutterstock.com,Title byVladimir Melnikov, stack of books by Roman Motizov

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