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:
And perhaps a more positive angle comes from Ashley Green:
Which one do you agree with? Tell us on Sunday at 8pm.