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Authentic Material: Home-Made or Off-the-Shelf?

In Theory/In Practice This Authentic Material Teaching Tips article focuses on the question of how deeply “authentic” teachers need to be in order to meet students’ needs. Most ESL/EFL classes rely on textbooks to guide the curriculum and to provide the bulk of the material used in the classroom. Good textbooks make teachers’ jobs much […]

Developing Handouts

By Margaret Hurley Authentic material is often inspiring, rich and topical. It can be a significant motivator for students and it can go a long way toward keeping teachers interested, too. So, why isn’t it used even more often? The short answer is: it’s a lot of work for the teacher. The major disadvantage of […]