Ways to teach keep on developing!

Today, there are unlimited sources for teaching materials. It is simply the matter of searching creatively. Information and Communications Technology has opened up unlimited access to authentic texts (web sites, traffic tickets, greeting cards, TV guides, newspapers, e-books, movies, DVDs) from the target language culture. All these make excellent tools for learners of language precisely because they are authentic. Through my lesson plan in professional development courses I tried to share with colleagues of how to incorporate authentic materials into teaching and learning and showcase lesson fragments with the statement of purpose, using authentic (1 auditory, 1print) materials such as newspapers and a stirring poem taken from http://www.storynory.com.
It is needles to say that authentic materials provide teachers with creative and practical ideas. They can easily exploit aal the different sections of newspapers, starting from headline charade, describing photo stories, TV guides to writing weather forecasts (SAnderson, 1999)
Small-scale survey results have shown that not all EFL teachers know that the use of authentic materials are multi-level (in case the teacher scaffolds, minimizes the difficulty) challenging and help learners bridge the gap between the classroom and outside the world. Another interesting evidence is that the majority accept a valuable part of authentic materials as they rank its importance as 3-4 out of 1-5 though they do not use in their everyday classes. The reasons are that they cannot use material other from syllabus, do not know how to incorporate them into teaching or are not interested in using them. There are now progressive steps away from textbook dependence and towards teacher autonomy for example, using video, and songs in teaching EFL. This will make them to become more familiar with the ways of finding appropriate tasks and designing them. It is really a time consuming process to be able to exploit authentic material. However, it is well worth of it, its advantage is salient in the ICT context. It is used as provider of language learning materials as well as a provider of authentic texts.

References

Sanderson, P. (1999). Using newspapers in the classroom. Cambridge University Press.

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