Blending Authentic Content with Your Ready-Made ELT Materials

TESOL 17 Presentation

Seattle, Thursday, March 23, 10:30–11:15, Room #616

Three Takeaways

In a recent post on Top Tips for Presenting at ELT Conferences, our guest blogger, Shelly Terrell, recommended that presenters sum up with the three most important points from their session. Here are some takeaways from this session.

  1. Help your students get to know you and each other by bringing in authentic materials that are meaningful to you (check your kitchen counters). Also choose content that is of high interest to many people (trending, viral, ELT community).
  2. Creatively grade the task for the level of learner and/or language target.
  3. Blend authentic content with well-formatted, ready-made ELT materials that your students are comfortable with. Experiment with when to use the authentic content (warm-up, follow-up, assessment).

ESL Library Materials

Here are some ESL Library materials that blend with authentic materials from this presentation:

Sources & Further Reading

Here are the sources used in this presentation and while researching this topic.

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    Eric Roth says:

    Mar 29, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing your slides and wonderful resources on using authentic materials in the ELT classroom. Students – both K-12 and adult – appreciate using real world materials to study English. When I taught adult education students, we would review real job application, workplace forms, menus, personal photographs, and mail catalogs. Of course, the combination of prepared lessons supplemented by authentic materials to teach specific points – whether vocabulary or grammar – often works best. You’ve given me some practical tips and links to learn more. Thanks!


    • Tara Benwell says:

      Mar 30, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Eric! I love that you included personal photographs in your list of items that you use. There’s so much to learn and practice with real pictures. I shared ELT Pics with attendees and teachers who visited our booth. Many teachers had not heard of this useful resource. With all of the ready-made collections, these blend nicely with ELT materials:


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