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
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!
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!
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
Problems• Level – demotivating if too difficult• Work for the teacher…can date quickly
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….
Solutions• Edit the text… ..shorter …lexically easier
Task examples - ReceptiveSkimmingScanningLooking at text organisation eg paragraphing, topic sentences, etc.Listening for gistlistening for specific information
Task examples - productiveSpeaking - discussion on issues arising from the text Roleplay based on the scenarioWriting - using the article as a model responding in writing