Authentic Texts in ELT Education
Examines the increasing need for authentic reading texts in English Language Teaching classrooms.
# 68398 | 3,002 words | 7 sources | APA | 2006 |
Published on Aug 16, 2006 in Communication (Language and Speech) , Education (Curriculum) , Education (Teaching Methods) , Literature (English) , Language (English: Linguistics)
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The growing consensus is that the use of authentic materials in the English Language Teaching (ELT) classroom is beneficial to the learning process. The paper shows that, for this purpose, the crucial role played by texts in ELT reading exercises has come under closer examination. Which type of ELT textbooks is more appropriate for present needs: The "authentic" or "non-authentic" reading materials? The paper shows that the trend seems to move away from the grammar-based pedagogic content of non-authentic text in favor of authentic text, which simulates the real world outside the classroom. By working on a "living" language as used by the community, this could give learners the feeling that they are in touch with reality and thus increase their motivation for learning.
From the Paper:"Clayton, Fomo defines authentic texts as "genuine samples of language in use," which are not produced specifically for the purpose of language teaching. This text, sometimes spoken and sometimes written, simulates and uses the language of the real world, which is adapted in the classroom for its relevance to the students' social milieu. The objective is to develop the students' language skills for the real world, and bridge the gap between classroom knowledge and the students' capacity to participate in real-life events."
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