ERIC Number: ED259099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Is There Life after "New Horizons." NAAESC Occasional Papers, Volume 1, Number 2.
Minicz, Elizabeth A. Watson
Teachers adapt and supplement a basic text to make up for inadequacies and to enrich, reinforce, and emphasize. One authority suggests these steps for adapting materials: assess and evaluate student needs and survey existing materials, decide what should be deleted or added, compile a list of potential uses of language and supply the means by which students can move from mastery of the existing materials to the listed uses. Assessing student needs is a top priority before adapting or supplementing. To adapt existing materials, teachers can cut up a book. This enables the teacher to distribute portions to individual students or reorganize the sequence. Another way to adapt is to change the material to serve other purposes. A set of criteria for creating supplementary materials and activities recommends that the activity should (1) be purposeful and incorporate functional language; (2) provide opportunities to engage in listening, speaking, reading, and writing; (3) be interesting or fun; (4) be applicable to a variety of ability levels; (5) not require much time to put together; and (6) be of minimal cost. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb. Northern Area Adult Education Service Center.