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GO
AHEAD-
adapt the text.
#ACTFL17
Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell
@secottrell * MUSICUENTOS.COM
#AdaptTheText
“
“Adapt the task,
NOT THE TEXT.”
AUTHENTICWhat does that even mean?
“
“...written by members of a language
and culture group for members of the
same language and culture group.”
Vicki B. Gal...
“
[A] resource aimed at an L1 speaker
rather than at a language learner.
Martin Lapworth
“
A text, audio or video created by a
native speaker for a native speaking
audience.
Amy Lenord
ACTFL-NCSSFL CAN-DO
STATEMENTS
for interpretive mode refer only to
authentic resources.
Mid
-basic facts-
Novice Interpretive Can-Dos
High
-topic and some
isolated facts-
Intermediate Interpretive Can-Dos
Low
-topic
-related
information from
simple
sentences
Mid
-main idea
-key information
in...
What’s the purpose of
WL class?
“A resource has to be authentic to
assess proficiency.
It has to be comprehensible to build
proficiency.
“
You can build proficiency without
continually assessing it.
“
Authentic usually means not
comprehensible. Where is the value
in that?
Martin Lapworth
“
I don’t use authentic documents as
much as I do ‘authentic looking or
derived’ documents.
Colleen Lee-Hayes
(Japanese te...
“There are usable texts for all levels,
but sometimes it's about putting in
the work to find the right one and
giving the ...
“Why would I use authentic resources
that I have to dumb down? Video,
newspapers, novels are
incomprehensible to my studen...
“I expose my students to authentic
resources, and I do so with the idea
that I want them to be "comfortable
with being unc...
“
Don't overwhelm students by using
authentic text just because that's the
way the pendulum is swinging.
Jen Gieniec Wade
“
Adapting an (otherwise) authentic
text is often more purposeful than
creating a text to suit the purpose.
Danielle Horne
“The use of authentic texts ... unless
heavily adapted, is more likely to
hinder than facilitate learning
especially when ...
SOUND OFF:
What’s OK to adapt?
What’s not OK?
“Adapting the text makes it
comprehensible.
Adapting the task makes the text
useable. (But not comprehensible.)
Martin Lap...
YES
◍ errors (almost always)
◍ length
◍ new vocabulary
(footnotes)
◍ formatting (bold, boxes)
◍ speed (at first)
What does...
“If I find the perfect text, I will adapt
it, usually by glossing difficult words
and phrases. Sometimes I will
remove sec...
“We are real people living and working in
the real world, so, sometimes, it's ok to
adapt the text, too. Sometime I take o...
“If I find the perfect text, I will adapt
it, usually by glossing difficult words
and phrases. Sometimes I will
remove sec...
Let’s try this.
a couple of
tools...
printfriendly.com
YouTube speed setting
Thanks!
Any questions?
@secottrell
musicuentos.com
secottrell@musicuentos.com
👍
Credits
Special thanks to all the people who
made and released these awesome
resources for free:
◍ Presentation template b...
SlidesCarnival icons are editable
shapes.
This means that you can:
● Resize them without losing
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Go Ahead - Adapt the Text

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Have you heard the mantra "adapt the task, not the text"? When we take sentiments like that and apply them universally in every situation, we're often missing out on how much we could benefit from a compromise. Learn how you can adapt an authentic text to make it more comprehensible for your students - a win for everyone.

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Go Ahead - Adapt the Text

  1. 1. GO AHEAD- adapt the text. #ACTFL17 Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell @secottrell * MUSICUENTOS.COM #AdaptTheText
  2. 2. “ “Adapt the task, NOT THE TEXT.”
  3. 3. AUTHENTICWhat does that even mean?
  4. 4. “ “...written by members of a language and culture group for members of the same language and culture group.” Vicki B. Galloway
  5. 5. “ [A] resource aimed at an L1 speaker rather than at a language learner. Martin Lapworth
  6. 6. “ A text, audio or video created by a native speaker for a native speaking audience. Amy Lenord
  7. 7. ACTFL-NCSSFL CAN-DO STATEMENTS for interpretive mode refer only to authentic resources.
  8. 8. Mid -basic facts- Novice Interpretive Can-Dos High -topic and some isolated facts-
  9. 9. Intermediate Interpretive Can-Dos Low -topic -related information from simple sentences Mid -main idea -key information in short, straightforward informational texts High -follow main message -various time frames -sometimes descriptive text -paragraph-length informational texts
  10. 10. What’s the purpose of WL class?
  11. 11. “A resource has to be authentic to assess proficiency. It has to be comprehensible to build proficiency.
  12. 12. “ You can build proficiency without continually assessing it.
  13. 13. “ Authentic usually means not comprehensible. Where is the value in that? Martin Lapworth
  14. 14. “ I don’t use authentic documents as much as I do ‘authentic looking or derived’ documents. Colleen Lee-Hayes (Japanese teacher)
  15. 15. “There are usable texts for all levels, but sometimes it's about putting in the work to find the right one and giving the students the right task to go with it. Erin Carlson
  16. 16. “Why would I use authentic resources that I have to dumb down? Video, newspapers, novels are incomprehensible to my students, unless at a very low level. I want useable language in all skill areas, for my students! Pauline Galea
  17. 17. “I expose my students to authentic resources, and I do so with the idea that I want them to be "comfortable with being uncomfortable." Hollin Wakefield
  18. 18. “ Don't overwhelm students by using authentic text just because that's the way the pendulum is swinging. Jen Gieniec Wade
  19. 19. “ Adapting an (otherwise) authentic text is often more purposeful than creating a text to suit the purpose. Danielle Horne
  20. 20. “The use of authentic texts ... unless heavily adapted, is more likely to hinder than facilitate learning especially when we are dealing with less gifted, motivated and resilient learners. Gianfranco Conti
  21. 21. SOUND OFF: What’s OK to adapt? What’s not OK?
  22. 22. “Adapting the text makes it comprehensible. Adapting the task makes the text useable. (But not comprehensible.) Martin Lapworth
  23. 23. YES ◍ errors (almost always) ◍ length ◍ new vocabulary (footnotes) ◍ formatting (bold, boxes) ◍ speed (at first) What does Mrs. Musicuentos adapt? NO ◍ high-frequency vocabulary ◍ sentence structure (almost never) ◍ images ◍ speed (every time)
  24. 24. “If I find the perfect text, I will adapt it, usually by glossing difficult words and phrases. Sometimes I will remove sections if they are not pertinent to the task. Rebecca Davis
  25. 25. “We are real people living and working in the real world, so, sometimes, it's ok to adapt the text, too. Sometime I take out extraneous or inappropriate info, for example, but try to leave the text as close to authentic as possible. Erin Carlson
  26. 26. “If I find the perfect text, I will adapt it, usually by glossing difficult words and phrases. Sometimes I will remove sections if they are not pertinent to the task. Rebecca Davis
  27. 27. Let’s try this.
  28. 28. a couple of tools...
  29. 29. printfriendly.com
  30. 30. YouTube speed setting
  31. 31. Thanks! Any questions? @secottrell musicuentos.com secottrell@musicuentos.com 👍
  32. 32. Credits Special thanks to all the people who made and released these awesome resources for free: ◍ Presentation template by SlidesCarnival ◍ Photographs by Unsplash
  33. 33. SlidesCarnival icons are editable shapes. This means that you can: ● Resize them without losing quality. ● Change fill color and opacity. ● Change line color, width and style. Isn’t that nice? :) Examples:

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