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    30 January, 2017 at 5:27
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    Hi all,

    I’m looking for a bit of direction to help me get on with my final assignment to complete my TEFL qualification.

    I need a piece of authentic material (either reading or listening) to use for teaching a group of intermediate business professionals.

    I feel like everything I’m finding is to use for TEFL purposes, but my assignment states it must be originally for native English speakers.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    dan
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    31 January, 2017 at 9:35
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    Create tasks that are achievable for your level of student

    Hi Gemma

    “Authentic” means, as you say, that the material was originally written for native English speakers. So that means anything from a newspaper article, to a Youtube video, to an announcement that you record at a train station, to a conversation you record in a pub, to a recipe from a recipe website, to an instruction manual for a TV, to a company financial report from their website, to a TED talk (https://www.ted.com/talks).

    Once you have the piece of material, the key is to create tasks with it that are achievable for the level of students that you’re using it with.

    So, for example, if you’re using a newspaper article with intermediate level students, you might have a task using the headline and the pictures that go with the article where the students have to predict what the article is about. Then you could have a gist reading task to check their predictions, followed by a task to identify the main topic of each paragraph. A task which requires detailed understanding of the text, however, might be too difficult for this level, but would be appropriate for more advanced levels.

    Just to give you another example – a train announcement with beginner level – your task might be for them to just write down the platform numbers they hear, no more than that.

    This way, students can go away from the lesson with confidence and a sense of achievement that they have successfully dealt with a piece of authentic material.

    It’s difficult to say which (if any) of these examples of authentic material might be appropriate in your case without knowing more about your assignment, but hopefully this will give you some ideas.

    Good luck

    Dan

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    1 February, 2017 at 7:20
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    Using a job advert for authentic material

    Hi Dan,

    Thanks for the advice.

    Its so hard to find a piece of authentic text when its something specific I’m looking for – I dont know if I’m making it more complicated than it has to be!!

    I’ve found a short job advert on a recruitment website – which I am going to use as my basis.

    I would get the students to give their ideas of what skills they may need to apply for a job first to gague their vocab set, then moving on I would look at applying for jobs.

    The activities I have to produce are follow up ones so either for the end of the lesson after the main learning has taken place or to do in the next lesson.

    Thanks

    dan
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    1 February, 2017 at 9:16
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    I’ve found a short job advert on a recruitment website

    That’s a really good idea and can lead to a lot of good vocab work around skills, personal qualities, etc. Good for roleplay work too (interviewer / interviewee).

    Dan

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