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ERIC Number: ED225382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Communicative Methods for Use of Authentic Cultural Materials.
Stout, David F.
The advantages of using authentic cultural materials in teaching second languages and the development of productive activities to accompany these materials are described. Based on the notion that comprehension precedes production, authentic texts provide the second language learner with a foundation of concepts and vocabulary from which communication of actual ideas can arise. The use of materials produced by native speakers in meaningful contexts provides students with direct access to the appropriate culture. In using authentic materials, students must learn to use the portions of the text that they do understand as keys to understanding the unknown portions. Exercises should be directed at expanding from the known to the unknown. Early exercises may involve identifying the kind of text, speculating about where the text can be found, and identifying times and places mentioned in the text. The text should then be divided into manageable sections so that students can learn to make informed decisions about which items in the text should be pursued for greater comprehension. Examples of exercises based on an authentic German text are presented. Finally, understanding of authentic cultural materials will direct students' attention away from the classroom and toward the new culture. (RW)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A