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Authentic Materials Myths

Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching

Eve Zyzik (author) Charlene Polio (author)

ISBN: 9780472036462

Publication Date: Feb 2016

Format: Paperback

Explores the research related to the use of authentic materials and the ways that authentic materials may be used successfully in the classroom. Like others books in the Myths series, this book combines research with good pedagogical practices.
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The use of authentic materials in language classrooms is sometimes discussed as a reliable way to expose students to the target language, but there is also disagreement regarding what kinds of authentic materials should be used, when they should be used, and how much of the curriculum should revolve around them. This volume in the Myths series explores the research related to the use of authentic materials and the ways that authentic materials may be used successfully in the classroom. Like others in the Myths series, this book combines research with good pedagogical practices.

The myths examined in this book are:
  • Authentic texts are inaccessible to beginners.
  • Authentic texts cannot be used to teach grammar.
  • Shorter texts are more beneficial for language learners.
  • Activating background knowledge or making a word list is sufficient to prepare students for authentic texts.
  • Authentic texts can be used to teach only listening and reading.
  • Modifying or simplifying authentic texts always helps language learners.
  • For learners to benefit from using authentic texts, the associated tasks must also be authentic.

The Epilogue explores the challenges of using authentic texts in the classroom and calls for more research.
Pages 184
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 28 Feb 2016
Publisher Michigan ELT
Subject/s ELT: learning material & coursework   Teaching of students with English as a second language (TESOL)  

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