Designing Authenticity into Language Learning Materials

Freda Mishan

Freda Mishan

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

336 pages | 6-3/4 x 9 | © 2005
Paper $35.50 ISBN: 9781841500805 Published November 2004

This book puts forward an authenticity-centred approach to the design of materials for language learning. The premise of the approach is that language learning should be based on authentic materials drawn from a variety of genres found in the target language culture, and that the learning tasks involving these materials should be correspondingly authentic, by entailing interactions that are consistent with the original communicative purpose of the authentic text.

It provides both a theoretical grounding to the authenticity-centred approach, and demonstrates its practical application in a teaching task reference section. In outline, the book:

• Refines a definition of authenticity in the context of language pedagogy.
• Traces the historical background to authenticity in language learning back over one millennium.
• Grounds the use of authentic materials in language learning in L2 acquisition research.
• Gives a critical analysis of the authenticity of contemporary language study course-books.
• Discusses the use of seven authentic genres for language learning; broadcasting, newspapers, advertisements, music and song, film, literature and ICT (information and communications technology).
• Offers a set of practical principles for the design of authentic learning tasks.
• Includes a reference section providing step-by-step instruction for the design and classroom procedure of learning tasks for materials taken from each of the seven genres.

Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Materials design
Authenticity
Aims
Outline
Terminology
 
Part I:  Authenticity in Language Learning: The Theoretical Grounding
 
Chapter 1
Authenticity in language learning: background and definition
 
Chapter 2
Authentic texts for language learning: the SLA rationale
 
Chapter 3
Authentic texts for language learning: the pedagogical rationale
 
Chapter 4
Authentic texts and authentic tasks
 
Part II: Using Cultural Products for Language Learning: A Teaching Resource
 
Chapter 5
Literature
 
Chapter 6
The broadcast media
 
Chapter 7
Newspapers
 
Chapter 8
Advertising
 
Chapter 9
Song and music
 
Chapter 10
Film
 
Chapter 11
ICT
 
Appendix I
Appendix II
Bibliography
Index
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