MATSDA / Shanghai International Studies University Conference 2018

L2 Teacher Development Through Materials Development

 June 9-10, 2018
Shanghai, China

Welcome to MATSDA/SISU Conference 2018

The Materials Development Association (MATSDA) is pleased to announce its next event, MATSDA 2018, to be held at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) in Shanghai, China, from 9-10th June, 2018. The conference will be co-hosted by MATSDA and the Shanghai Center for Research in English Language Education. The conference theme is “L2 Teacher Development through Materials Development”. We welcome language teachers, researchers, and educators at all levels around the world to participate in this event.

Paper Submission

We welcome language teachers, researchers, and educators at all levels around the world to submit proposals of original research or position papers focusing on:

Professional development from:

  • materials development courses
  • materials development projects
  • localisation of materials
  • institutional materials development
  • teacher evaluation of materials
  • teacher adaptation of materials
  • the teaching of materials
  • using a teacher’s book designed to enhance professional development

Please send proposals for paper and poster presentations to Brian Tomlinson at <> by April 5th, 2018

Proposal should be between 200-250 words and should specify what the proposer intends to do and say in the presentation.

Please use Times New Roman 12 and please make sure your proposal relates to the Conference theme of “Teacher Development Through Materials Development”.

If your paper is accepted, you will still have to pay the registration fee. Also, please register your paper while you are signing up for the conference. Only the registered paper will appear in the programme and be scheduled for presentation.

Fees and Payment

Attendee Type 1-day 2-day
Student 60 Euros or 480 RMB 100 Euros or 800 RMB
MATSDA Member 85 Euros or 660 RMB 140 Euros or 1100 RMB
SCRELE Researcher 85 Euros or 660 RMB 140 Euros or 1100 RMB
SISU Staff 85 Euros or 660 RMB 140 Euros or 1100 RMB
Non-Member 100 Euros or 800 RMB 180 Euros or 1400 RMB

*MATSDA Membership: Contact Susie Pearson at or JOIN ONLINE

About Us

MATSDA ( is an international materials development association founded by Brian Tomlinson in 1993 to bring together researchers, teachers, materials developers and publishers in a joint effort to improve the effectiveness of language learning materials. The association has successfully organised and held 30 MATSDA conferences on specific themes related to significant issues in the field of materials development in England, Ireland, Argentina, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa and the USA. The first international MATSDA Conference was held at the University of Luton in 1993, and the most recent one at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands in 2017. The 2018 conference will be the first MATSDA conference held in China.

The Shanghai Center for Research in English Language Education (SCRELE) is one of the key research centers for humanities and social sciences in Shanghai, China. SCRELE was established in 2016 by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission to push forward city-wide English curriculum innovations in basic education through in-depth university-school collaborations. Based at Shanghai International Studies University, SCRELE involves researchers, teacher educators and teachers from major universities, education development institutes, and schools in Shanghai and scholars from other parts of China. In particular, SCRELE aims to establish strong connections and collaborations with researchers, teacher educators and practitioners from overseas educational institutions.


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Please make your own arrangements for accommodation. Click here and you will see various accommodation options in the immediate vicinity of the venue. We strongly recommend that you book early — June is the beginning of the peak tourist season.