Dear MW SIG Members,

Where has the semester gone? It seems like just yesterday was the first day of the class. For those of you who will some “free time”, Oxford University Press is holding an extension activity contest (See the details below in the Items of Interest).  This is just a short message to keep you informed of the activities of your SIG. If you have information that you would be of interest to the membership, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Presentation opportunities
MW SIG Forum at JALT PanSIG 2018

Missed the deadline to submit a proposal? Still looking for a way to present? We are planning a forum with a tentative title of “Innovations in Materials”. If you are interested in participating, please contact me ASAP.

Items of Interest
1. The Headway Scholarship 2018

Looking for an outlet to showcase your ability to create extension activities? Oxford University Press is currently running a contest. The prize includes:

  • A place on the two-week English Language Teachers’ Summer Seminar at Exeter College, Oxford (Sunday 22nd July – Friday 3rd August 2018)
  • Your extension activity will be displayed on the Headway Oxford Teacher’s Club website for teachers worldwide to download and use
  • Flights and travel to and from Oxford, accommodation and all meals
  • A certificate from Oxford University on completion of the course

For more details, see

The contest ends on February 12th, 2018.

2. JALT2018 Scholarship
Looking to present at JALT2018 but lack funding? JALT is offering 3 conference fee waivers. For details on eligibility, please go to

Until next time,
Adam Murray
SIG Coordinator



Dear MW SIG members,

The autumn semester has been flying by and the JALT International Conference will soon be here. I’m sure that it will be a great conference for professional development. Hope to see you in Shizuoka! In the meantime, here’s what has been happening in your SIG.

Adam Murray
SIG Coordinator


Officers for 2018-20119

Are you interested in becoming more active in YOUR SIG? The SIG needs your help. All JALT SIGs have five “core” officers: coordinator, treasurer, program chair, publication chair, and membership chair. In addition, the MW SIG has other officer positions such as publicity, Japanese language coordinator, website editor, and member-at-large. If you like to read a basic overview of this positions, please check out the officers’ page on the website: To express your interest in stepping forward and running for one of these positions, please contact me < murray @ gec. lab. u-ryukyu .ac .jp > (Spaces have been added to avoid the spam-bots) by October 31, 2108.

MW SIG Annual General Meeting (AGM)

MW SIG Annual General Meeting
Saturday, November 24, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM; Room 907

At this meeting, we will elect new officers, report on our activities over the previous year, and discuss ongoing SIG matters. Please plan to attend the AGM – we need your support! If you are considering becoming more active in your SIG, this is the perfect opportunity!

Between the Keys

We are hard at work on the current issue of Between the Keys and we anticipate that it will be published early next month. Got something to share with your colleagues in Japan and around the world? The deadline for submissions for the next issue is November 10th. We publish a wide range of articles including reviews, and “My Share”-style articles. For more details (and the style guide) take a look at

MW SIG Forum

MW SIG Forum: Diversity and Inclusion in Teaching Materials
Saturday, November 24, 5:50 PM – 7:20 PM; Room 904

Diversity is becoming an increasingly important issue in today's society. It is therefore in our students' best interests for us to include a wider range of voices in our teaching materials. In this interactive forum hosted by the Materials Writers SIG, a panel of writers will share how they incorporate diverse voices and related topics into the teaching materials that they create. Both theoretical approaches and practical considerations will be discussed.