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ERIC Number: ED329119
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 16
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The L2 Text: Genuineness and Authenticity.
Mulling, Sylvia
Second language (L2) instructional texts often lack genuineness. Rather than instances of real language use, these texts are adaptations or simplifications of genuine texts or texts created with the intention of illustrating selected features of the L2 system. The purpose of simplification, adaptation, exemplification, and control is to facilitate the L2 learner's task. However, often these manipulations change the nature of the text so that peculiar qualities uncharacteristic of natural language use are shown. Perhaps more serious are abnormalities in the reading process caused by non-genuine reading materials and certain inappropriate instructional procedures. L2 learners need to develop the ability to authenticate texts, which can be accomplished only if the reader approaches the text in a way corresponding to normal communication and reads it for any of the reasons one normally reads for. L2 learners will fail to authenticate texts if they read only for reasons imposed by instruction. The task of L2 readers can and should be facilitated in ways that do not interfere with the ability to authenticate text. A brief list of references is included. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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