ERIC Number: ED274153
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Authentic Texts in the Foreign Language Classroom: Focus on Listening and Reading. ACTFL Master Lecture Series.
Joiner, Elizabeth G.
There is growing evidence that the best way to prepare students to cope with authentic oral and written texts they will encounter in actual situations is to introduce such texts into the classroom as early as possible. The selection of texts appropriate for beginning students involves examination of the texts themselves and consideration of the students' linguistic and cultural preparation for confronting them, including exposure to a number of the structures and much of the vocabulary, and possession of a "script" to help them make intelligent guesses about what they do not know. In addition, the activities in which the texts will be used should be carefully planned. One way to do this is to analyze and organize activities according to the number of productive demands they make. Tasks with few production demands include multiple-choice, fill-ins, true-false, cloze, and matching and arranging sentences in sequence. Tasks with many productive demands include open-ended questions, true-false statements in which the false statement must be changed to reflect the truth, and oral and written summaries. Level I and II texts can be treated in a purely receptive way and used very early in language instruction, and the same texts can and should be used later for more demanding comprehension activities and then for production. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Defense Language Inst., Monterey, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. (Presidio of Monterey, CA, May 1984).