This weekend I had the great privilege to go to Sendai and represent the Materials Writers SIG and give a workshop for teachers. I gave two presentations the first, Elements of Visual Design for Language Learners, was a summary of theories about typography, page layout and graphics and how they effect language learners. In the course of the workshop, I presented a number of best practices for each category. The handout for the presentation can be downloaded HERE and the references for the presentation can be downloaded HERE.
The second presentation that I gave was Japanese Copyright Law and Authentic Materials: What Teachers Need To Know. In this presentation I introduced two sections of the copyright law in Japan that I felt are relevant to teachers and language learners. In the presentation I mentioned the Copyright Research and Information Center (CRIC). Their website can be found HERE. Also, a .pdf file of the official English language version of the Japanese copyright law can be downloaded HERE.