TEFL Methodology: Authentic Materials

AUTHENTIC MATERIALS

 

AUTHENTIC MATERIAL is anything that a native speaker would hear or read or use.

 

When using authentic materials in the classroom, make sure that the TASK is authentic!

 

Why use authentic materials?

  • they’re real
  • they’re more interesting and motivating
  • they give Ss confidence when they can understand them
  • they provide examples of language as it is really used
  • they provide real cultural content (which leads to involvement)
  • they lend themselves to authentic tasks
  • they prompt Ss’ independence in learning

 

 

 

 

 

Possible problems with using authentic materials:

  • expressions only natives may know
  • Ss wanting to know every single word
  • task must be suitable to the level (not necessarily the materials!)
  • incorrect or slang expressions

 

 

 

 

 

Bibliography

Bartram, M. and Walton, R. 1991. Correction. Mistake Management. Language Teaching Publications: 1991.

Brumfit, C. 1994. Communicative Methodology in Language Teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

Byrne, D. 1990. Teaching Oral Skills. Harlow: Longman.

Byrne, D. 1990b. Teaching Writing  Skills. Harlow: Longman.

Harmer, J. 2001. The Practice of English Language Teaching.  Harlow:  Longman.

Ur, P. 1996. A Course in Language Teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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