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February 04, 2008

Q and A - Textbook writing projects

Hello Readers,

This week, we have a question from Ray, about writing a textbook. He writes:

I want to write an ESL text book for elementary and junior high schools in rural Liberia, West Africa, but I have no idea how to begin writing the project. Can you ...

... give me some tips?



Hi Ray,

Here are a few things you might want to think about before you start:

1. What is missing from other books that are used in Liberia at the moment?
2. What do you like about other books that are used in Liberia at the moment?
3. How will your book be different from other books on the market?
3. What kind of teaching methodology do you want to base your book on?
4. How many components do you want to include (e.g., Coursebook, Teacher's book, Workbook, CD-rom, Internet forum, etc.)
5. What kind of book do you want to write- a general English course covering all the main skills, a conversational English book, an activity book, etc., ?
6. Who exactly will buy the book(s)?

This should give you a good start. You can then go on to write a general outline for your books, a theme for each of the units, etc., and then start writing. Once you finish a sample chapter, you'll want to approach a few publishing houses with your proposal.

For more information about how to write a book proposal, go to the following links:

Hope that helps!

Good luck!
Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker hailing from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a Head teacher, an Education Manager, and a Material Development Manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing, authors ESL textbooks for publishing houses in China, and is an Editor for Garnet Publishing in Reading, England. Carol holds a BA in Communications from the College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University, and a CELTA, and has just finished her MA TESOL course at Oxford Brookes University. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at February 4, 2008 04:27 PM

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i will organize english clinic next month. for the first week, i would like to distribute questionnaire based on their needs in using the four skills. can you suggest some useful questionnaire to be asked during my programme?

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