MATSDA: Materials Development Association

MATSDA (MATerialS Development Association) is a not-for-profit international association, founded in 1993 by Brian Tomlinson to bring together researchers, publishers, writers and teachers to work towards the development of high quality materials for the learning of languages. MATSDA members are entitled to a year's subscription to the MATSDA journal Folio and reduced rates for MATSDA conferences and workshops.


MATSDA holds conferences which focus on issues related to the development of language learning materials. Such conferences have been organised in Buenos Aires, Cambridge, Canterbury, Colchester, Cordoba, Dublin, Durban, Tokyo, Leeds, Limerick, Liverpool, Luton, Nottingham, Saffron Walden and Singapore


MATSDA has organised a number of materials development workshops for teachers and curriculum developers in several countries, including Argentina, Botswana, England (Ilkley, Totnes, Whitewell, Ingleton, Slaidburn), Japan, Mauritius, The Seychelles, South Africa, Turkey and Vietnam.


MATSDA publishes a journal, Folio, twice a year. This journal focuses on theoretical and practical issues related to the development of language learning materials.

Books and Publishing

MATSDA acts as a consultant to textbook projects and has done so in Bulgaria, China, Malaysia, Ethiopia, Morocco, Namibia and Singapore.

MATSDA has also been involved in a number of published books - e.g. Tomlinson, B. (Ed.) 1998 Materials Development in Language Teaching, Cambridge University Press; Tomlinson, B. (Ed.) 2003 Developing Materials for Language Teaching, Continuum Press; Tomlinson, B (Ed.) 2008 English Language Learning Materials - A Critical Review, Continuum Press; Tomlinson, B. and Masuhara, H. (Eds.) 2010 Research for Materials Development, Continuum Press; Tomlinson, B. (Ed.) 2011 Materials Development in Language Teaching, (2nd edn) Cambridge University Press.

Books were published based on papers presented at the MATSDA 2012 Conference at the University of Limerick: (Tomlinson, B. (Ed.) 2013 Applied Linguistics and Materials Development, London: Bloomsbury) and the MATSDA 2014 Conference at the University of Liverpool (Tomlinson, B. (Ed.) 2016 SLA Research and Materials Development for Language Learning. New York: Routledge).

Other books published include Masuhara, H., Tomlinson, B. & Mishan, F. (Eds.) (2016) Practice and Theory for Materials Development in Language Learning. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, Maley, A. & Tomlinson, B. (2017) Authenticity and Materials Development for Language Learning. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars., Tomlinson, B. & Masuhara, H. (2018) The Complete Guide to the Theory and Practice of Materials Development for Language Learning. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Bouckaert, M., Konlings, M. & van Wilkelhof (M). (2018). Meaning-focused materials for language learning. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.

We believe that published and self-produced materials can co-exist happily in the language classroom. We hope to help teachers become more confident in producing their own materials and, at the same time, encourage publishers to take account of principled ideas outside the mainstream.


As well as having many members from Britain, MATSDA has members from the rest of Europe (Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden), from North America (USA, Canada), from Africa (Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Sudan) from the Middle East (Oman, United Arab Emirates), from Asia (India, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia), from South America (Argentina), and from Australia.

We hope that this website will bring together members and non-members around the world in a spirit of co-operation. MATSDA's future is very much as an international organisation.

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