Authentic materials : an educator’s guide to their use in the language classroom

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dc.contributor.advisor Seig, Mary T. Long, Cory J. en_US 2011-06-09T15:35:20Z 2011-06-09T15:35:20Z 2009 en_US 2009
dc.description.abstract My hypothesis is that authentic materials will be more accessible to language learners with specifically designed language training materials that I will create, integrating reading skills, grammar topics and cultural knowledge, using modern research and theory in language education. Using the materials that I am proposing, students should be better prepared for language use and experience outside of the classroom as well. I intend to create language training materials for high‐intermediate to advanced students using authentic texts such as short stories, newspaper articles, poems, and famous essay. These texts will be supplemented with notes to assist with the understanding of vocabulary and cultural context. I will be writing original material in the form of explanations and activities that ensure students will focus on cultural and grammatical contexts as well, to help give students a greater understanding both of authentic texts, but also of United States culture, and American English from the past fifteen to twenty years in use. Authentic texts, such as newspaper articles, novels, or short stories, are often used for ESL/EFL learners in the classroom setting for their depictions of languagein‐ use. They are widely thought to give students more realistic linguistic examples as compared with traditional, simplified textbook language that is often presented in language textbooks. These materials are often adapted for the use of English learners in various countries, usually by means of simplification, so their language is closer to the level of the learners, often sounding stilted and inauthentic to native speakers, in order that the learners can more easily understand them. They are also generally somewhat deculturalized to account for the learner’s lack of knowledge cultural context of the original material. Bacon and Finnemann (1990), however, found that learners often preferred authentic reading material that related to current events, and to themselves. Young (1999) has found, as well, that evidence for the simplification of authentic texts being helpful for students is inconsistent at best, and that the most frequent problems encountered by English language learners are lexical in nature. I will get around the lexical problems Young discusses by providing vocabulary notes in the margins, with information on the difficulty of vocabulary, and thus the necessity of explaining it from English learner dictionaries. In this way, I will be able to get around lexical and cultural difficulties with reading authentic texts, and create a cohesive language training materials for students of English.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.description.tableofcontents Literature review -- Modern approaches -- Teaching grammar with authentic texts -- Teaching culture with authentic texts -- Teaching reading skills with authentic texts -- Authenticity in the classroom.
dc.format.extent 76 p. : digital, PDF file, ill. en_US
dc.source CardinalScholar 1.0 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Language and languages -- Study and teaching. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Culture -- Study and teaching.
dc.title Authentic materials : an educator’s guide to their use in the language classroom en_US
dc.type Creative project (M.A.), 3 hrs. en_US Thesis (M.A.) en_US
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