Getting Real about Authentic Content

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Watch the recording of Christien Lee's webinar from April 13th, 2018.

A paradox of language teaching is that, in some ways, the easier a teacher or textbook is to understand, the less he, she, or it actually helps students. The reason? Carefully graded words and scripts and a sympathetic approach may not always prepare students to understand the language they will meet outside the ELT classroom, including in their academic classes. Luckily, using authentic content is a way to overcome this paradox. We will begin this workshop by looking at different kinds of authentic content and discussing their respective pros and cons. We will then discuss effective ways to introduce more authentic content into the classroom in ways that allow teachers to shine without causing students to feel like proverbial rabbits caught in headlights.

About the Speaker:
Christien Lee has worked in English Language Teaching for over 25 years. His roles have included teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer, materials writer, director of studies, school owner, consultant, and author. He has wide experience in ELT, but specializes in academic English and exam preparation. He is the author of a dozen textbooks including 21st Century Communication: Listening, Speaking, and Critical Thinking, Pathways: Listening, Speaking, and Critical Thinking, and World English from National Geographic Learning.

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