Supplementing ESL Textbooks with Authentic Material

OnTESOL TEFL Course ReviewIt is quite tempting to rely solely on an ESL textbook under the assumption that it works well for our students because it has been tried by professionals. The reality is that the material in the textbook often looks or sounds forced and unnatural, so it becomes necessary to supplement the textbook with authentic material. In this article I will tell you how to choose authentic material for each level.

 -The 250-hour TESOL Diploma will teach you how to improve the curriculum with authentic material-

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TESOL: Using Textbooks Effectively

TESOL teacher with ESL textbookAs teachers, sometimes we encounter a class we have to teach for which there is a textbook. The reasons for having a textbook can be varied; maybe it was chosen by the Director of Studies or maybe you, as a teacher, insisted on having a textbook for the class. Whatever the reason, it is adamant that teachers are aware that the textbook is not ‘the be all and end all’ of your class.

Real-world knowledge is a key element students are looking for when they are learning a second language.  Although this kind of knowledge is sometimes missing in a textbook, there are still some advantages for using a textbook. This article explains some of the advantages and disadvantages for using a textbook in the ESL classroom, and shows solutions for using textbooks effectively.

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