Assessment and Development of Materials


By the end of the CU, students are expected to:

  • Recognize the specificity of teaching a second/foreign language;
  • Evaluate and adapt materials and resources for second/foreign language teaching;
  • Develop materials for different populations and proficiency levels;
  • Develop materials for specific language skills.

Specific knowledge and skills:

  • Ability to evaluate existing materials and resouces for second/foreign language teaching;
  • Ability to adapt existing materials and resources to different learners and proficiency levels;
  • Ability to adapt existing materials and resources for specific language skills;
  • Ability to develop new materials for second/foreign language teaching suited to different proficiency levels, age groups and for the training of different skills.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Alexandra Moreira de Jesus Fieis e Melo


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language



Available soon


McDonough, Jo, Christopher Shaw & Hitomi Masuhara (2013) Materials and methods in ELT: a teacher’s guide (3rd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell.
Usó-Juan, Esther & Alicia Martínez-Flor (eds.) (2006) Current trends in the development and teaching of the four language skills. Mouton de Gruyer.
Tomlinson, Brian (ed.) (2003) Materials Development in Language Teaching. Cambridge University Press.
Tomlinson, Brian (org.) (2016) SLA Research and Materials Development for Language Learning. Taylor & Francis.
Tomlinson, Brian & Hitomi MASUHARA (2018) (orgs.) The Complete Guide to the Theory and Practice of Materials Development for Language Learning. John Wiley & Sons.

Teaching method

The Curricular Unit is organized in weekly modules, according to the syllabus.

Each module has the following format: video lessons presenting the contents of the syllabus, the description of examples, the formulation of problems, among others; different resources (summaries, schemata, tables, images, adapted materials, etc.); bibliographic references  and links to online references.


Evaluation method

Evaluation Method - Written Test(50%), Written exercises(50%)

Subject matter

1. Evaluation of existing materials and resources
2. Adaptation and development of materials for different learners
2.1. Proficiency levels
2.2. native languages
2.3. adults/children
2.4. language for specific purposes
3. Development of materials for the training of different skills
3.1. grammar
3.2. vocabulary
3.3. reading and writing
3.4. listening and speaking.


Programs where the course is taught: