#KELTChat 3rd June 2012, 8pm: Authentic Materials – What’s the big deal?

This question was posed by Michael Griffin (@michaelegriffin) at the end of a chat five weeks ago now, and squeezed its way into being this week’s chat topic by just one vote. It’s certainly a good question too, and one that I think is under-debated in Korea, where many contexts use pre-prepared, ‘inauthentic’ materials (not that is a a bad thing, necessarily).

Some reflective questions for this week’s chat to get those brain juices flowing:

  • What makes materials authentic?
  • Why should we use them?
  • Where can we get them from?
  • Are they better than ‘inauthentic’ materials?
  • Who chooses authentic materials?
  • What benefits do authentic or ‘inauthentic’ materials have for our students?
  • How do classroom tasks vary with different materials?

If you’d like to do some advance reading, one person who seems to be fairly anti authentic materials is Hugh Dellar, have a look at his blog post here:

http://hughdellar.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/dissing-dogme-part-four-the-36-chambers-or-the-authenticity-trap/

And perhaps a more positive angle comes from Ashley Green:

http://notthatashleygreen.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/why-i-dont-like-textbooks/

Which one do you agree with? Tell us on Sunday at 8pm.

If you’re new to Twitter chatting and aren’t sure quite how it works, check out this handy guide. If you have no idea what #KELTChat is, have a look here or here.

Alex (@breathyvowel)

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2 thoughts on “#KELTChat 3rd June 2012, 8pm: Authentic Materials – What’s the big deal?

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