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  • KenStar
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    26 July, 2008 at 13:13
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    Hello

    I have a question.
    Do you ever use authentic materials in the class? I was thinking that maybe I’d like to introduce that..but I have a HUGE problem finding materials which would be appropriate for ELEMENTARY students :((
    I’m looking for some text… listening/video maybe..but I cant find anything where the language would be graded..

    Does anyone have any suggestions where to find those?

    ritadebarton
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    20 October, 2009 at 9:04
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    Hi there,

    Finding the right material is one of the areas I am finding hard. I just wondered if you found anything. As a tranee I so need some tips on where to get the best resources.

    from a ESL tranee

    ICAL_Pete
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    21 October, 2009 at 6:41
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    Finding authentic materials for elementary students can be quite hard but there are a few options.

    Firstly you can take authentic material and then simplify it. Ok, this turns it into "unauthentic" material but the core will be authentic and it can be used in an authentic environment. For example, you could take a short passage from a newspaper and replace complex constructions and words to simplify it.

    Secondly, if it’s appropriate, you can use material written for children and use that. I have before now used passages from children’s books with EFL classes. It’s harder to do when the age of your class is older, but even then you can take material from a Children’s Encyclopaedia or reference book and use that.

    Thirdly you can use very short and discrete pieces of authentic material in the classroom. Examples here would include a notice in a shop window which is a few words long; a bus ticket; a business card and so on. In other words, your students aren’t confronted by a long difficult and intimidating text, but something very short which, with their dictionaries, they can understand.

    ICAL_Pete
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    22 March, 2010 at 9:34
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    By the way, we’ve just posted up a fuller article on [url=http://icalweb.com/wiki/index.php?title=Authentic_Material]Authentic Material in the classroom here[/url].

    Mr. G
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    4 July, 2010 at 5:34
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    [quote]Hello

    I have a question.
    Do you ever use authentic materials in the class? I was thinking that maybe I’d like to introduce that..but I have a HUGE problem finding materials which would be appropriate for ELEMENTARY students :((
    I’m looking for some text… listening/video maybe..but I cant find anything where the language would be graded..

    Does anyone have any suggestions where to find those?[/quote]

    If you are in U.S, ask your local school district HQ if they have a warehouse of old material that they put in storage–hopefully in a big city. We had a depository here where I live before the county Supervisors office shut it down (budget cuts). I found all kinds of texts and audio material–cheap. Or call your local school and ask what they do with used material. You may find some good stuff.

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