Course building tips


We are delighted to introduce a new guest blogger today. Silvia Tiberio is a freelance ELT author based in Argentina. She writes:


Silvia Tiberio


Hi! My name is Silvia Tiberio. I’m an author of ELT materials and I’m based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a freelancer, I build

MEC courses to accompany Macmillan titles.

MEC courses are an ideal tool to provide learners with further practice of the language taught in their coursebook. They

allow teachers to select resources and group them into syllabus items that match the units in a book.

I’d like to share a few tips with you for finding and selecting resources using the word and phrase search.


Searching for a topic

Tip 1: Enter specific words first and then try more general ones.

If the student’s book unit includes an article about Marilyn Monroe, for example, and you want to find resources to match the student's book lesson, enter 'Marilyn Monroe' to find resources about her. If you don't find the resources you need, try

the word 'star'. The results of this new search will be resources about famous stars.

The resources you include in your course may or may not exactly match the content of the student's book material. It is a good idea to expand on the material presented in the student's book and not just stick to it. This will add variety to your course.

Searching for a grammar point

Tip 2: Try different terms for the same grammar point.

There is often more than one way to refer to the same grammar point. The term used in your coursebook may be different from the one used in MEC. So, if you don't find any resources by entering a term, or if you find very few, you should try

another one.

If you do a search by keying in 'unreal conditionals', for example, there won't be any items in the results list. However, if you enter the term 'second conditional' or 'third conditional' you will get a long list of resources. 

I hope you find these tips useful!

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