ERIC Number: ED337002
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
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Making Language Study Real: Skill Development with Authentic Language Samples.
Bryan, Lynne B.
The use of language for real communication is of primary importance in bringing a foreign language to life for students. Native speakers can make a class come alive, and teachers should explore the possibilities for bringing exchange students and teachers into the school. Realia and foreign language children's books are also interesting to students. Authentic audio materials in particular can be used to enhance listening skills at all levels, if only to help students at the elementary level recognize what the language sounds like in normal use. In integrating authentic materials into an instructional format, it is first necessary to find out student skills and interests in order to specify objectives. Next, suitable material must be identified and its use determined. Outcomes must also be described. Increasingly, authentic audio materials are becoming generally available, and material presented aurally in a content area can also be used for language instruction. A 30-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Audiotape Recordings, Childrens Literature, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Language Books, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Media Selection, Native Speakers, Realia, Relevance (Education), Second Language Instruction, Skill Development
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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