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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 For the full, free voiced over presentation recording, visit …

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

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  • 1. Teacher training webinarsUsing Authentic Materials For free voiced over presentation visit Jo Gakonga
  • 2. What are authentic materials?
  • 3. What aren’t authentic materials?
  • 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. 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. 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. Problems• Level – demotivating if too difficult• Work for the teacher…can date quickly
  • 8. Solutions• Choose your material carefully…• Grade the task….
  • 9. Solutions• Edit the text… ..shorter …lexically easier
  • 10. Task examples - ReceptiveSkimmingScanningLooking at text organisation eg paragraphing, topic sentences, etc.Listening for gistlistening for specific information
  • 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. Task examples• Language – Vocabulary – Grammar – Discourse analysis
  • 13. WebsitesReady to go…•••
  • 14. Websites for more extensive reading, listening outside classListening Reading• Lyrics training • Guardian• Elllo • Daily Mail• TED • 1000 words• VYou • Storybird