Using authentic materials in ELT

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Not sure about using authentic material in your English language class? Here is a useful introduction from elt-training.com. For the full, free voiced over presentation recording, visit www.elt-training.com

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Using authentic materials in ELT

  1. 1. Teacher training webinarsUsing Authentic Materials For free voiced over presentation visit www.elt-training.com Jo Gakonga
  2. 2. What are authentic materials?
  3. 3. What aren’t authentic materials?
  4. 4. What’s wrong with this?John: How long have you been collecting butterflies?Mary: Ive been collecting them since I entered secondary school.John: How many butterflies have you collected?Mary: Ive collected about four hundred foreign ones.John: Are there any rare ones among them?Mary: Yes, there are some. I got them in Thailand.John: My hobby is playing football.Mary: How long have you been playing it?John: Ive been playing it since last year. I can play it pretty wellnow.Mary: Another hobby of mine is cooking.John: Will you cook me a meal?Mary: Yes, of course!
  5. 5. Is this better?What kind of food does this woman like?I absolutely adore fish, particularly white fish, such as sole or haddock, cookedin a little white wine, with some garlic and lemon. Recently, I’ve beenexperimenting with Japanese recipes, particularly raw fish. Oh, and I lovevegetables such as courgettes, broccoli and asparagus and fresh green beans.But I hate them overcooked. Oh, and I’m terribly fond of pasta, but it must befreshly made!
  6. 6. So why use authentic materials?• A natural model – encourages them to be better readers/ listeners.• This is the final aim – what they will have to do eventually• Ss who read and listen extensively acquire language faster/ better• motivating if successful• topic can be topical/ interesting
  7. 7. Problems• Level – demotivating if too difficult• Work for the teacher…can date quickly
  8. 8. Solutions• Choose your material carefully…http://twurdy.com/http://1000words.net/index.php?showimage=21http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2085838/Ben-Fogle-explains-travels-man-today.html• Grade the task….
  9. 9. Solutions• Edit the text… ..shorter …lexically easier
  10. 10. Task examples - ReceptiveSkimmingScanningLooking at text organisation eg paragraphing, topic sentences, etc.Listening for gistlistening for specific information
  11. 11. Task examples - productiveSpeaking - discussion on issues arising from the text Roleplay based on the scenarioWriting - using the article as a model responding in writing
  12. 12. Task examples• Language – Vocabulary – Grammar – Discourse analysishttp://scottthornbury.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/c-is-for-construction/
  13. 13. WebsitesReady to go…• Lessonstream.org• Breakingnewsenglish.com• www.guardian.co.uk/education/tefl
  14. 14. Websites for more extensive reading, listening outside classListening Reading• Lyrics training • Guardian• Elllo • Daily Mail• TED • 1000 words• VYou • Storybird

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