1: The 24-Hour MATSDA International Language Learning Conference 2021

Co-organised by MATSDA and by the School of Languages, Literacies and Translation, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia in collaboration with Wasit University, Iraq

Developing L2 Materials and Designing Language Learning to Promote Creativity and Criticality

August 11th - 12th, 2021

Plenary Speakers

Rod Ellis      Alan Maley      Hitomi Masuhara
Jayakaran Mukundan      Brian Tomlinson


This will be a virtual conference.


9 am (Malaysian time) on August 11th till 9 am (Malaysian time) on August 12th

Paper submission

To offer a presentation of up to 40 minutes in English please send a 150 - 200 word proposal to Brian Tomlinson at

To offer a presentation of up to 40 minutes in Malay please send a 150 - 200 word proposal to Dr. Malini N.G. Ganapathy at

The deadline for abstract submission is 20th June 2021 but successful applications can be accepted and notified before that date.

Applicants whose abstracts are selected will be invited to submit (if possible) a pre-recorded video presentation as a backup file to: by 23rd July 2021. If you want your paper considered for publication in an indexed journal, please send your full paper to Dr. Malini N.G. Ganapathy at by June 30th 2021.

For details of registration and payment of fees, please CLICK HERE

MATSDA Membership: Contact Siv Sears at or JOIN ONLINE.

CLICK HERE to visit the USM conference website.


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2: MATSDA/Aston University Materials Development Workshop
with Brian Tomlinson and Hitomi Masuhara
Originally scheduled for July 3rd-5th 2020 but postponed due to Covid-19. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.

Developing Materials Which Match What We Know About How Languages Are Best Acquired


Friday July 3rd: 17.00-20.00 – Input sessions with Brian and Hitomi
Saturday July 4th: 09.30-16.30 – Developing units of material + feedback from Brian and Hitomi
Sunday July 5th: 09.30- 16.00 – Monitoring and presentation of material


(To include all sessions + lunch on Saturday and Sunday and refreshments on all three days):
Non-members £160 * * * MATSDA members £130 * * * Students £120.

To apply for a workshop place and for information about payment of fees please contact Brian Tomlinson at

Recommended hotels

Britannia Hotel, New Street, Birmingham B2 4RX
Conference Aston Hotel (on-campus)

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Brian Tomlinson
Dave Allan
Hitomi Masuhara
Freda Mishan
Jo Appleton
Jon Marks
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