This session looked at using a variety of authentic materials in the ESOL classroom and how they can be used to promote a variety of reading skills including critical thinking.
During the webinar, the presenter explored:
- What authentic materials are
- The benefits (and potential challenges) of using authentic materials in the classroom
- Examples of different types of authentic materials and how they can be exploited
- Ideas for creating tasks which are suitable for different levels
- Ways of using infographics
Concerned that authentic materials are too challenging for lower levels? This session demonstrated that they can be equally as useful as an entry leveled text and can be used in mixed-ability classes. They can also lend themselves to the development of skills in writing, speaking & listening.
About the presenter
Rachel has over thirty years of experience in education. She has worked as a teacher, a trainer, a Curriculum Manager and a Senior Manager. Specialising in ESOL, EFL and languages, she has worked in many settings including private language schools, Work-based Learning, Adult Community Learning and Offender Learning. Rachel specialises in teacher training, in creating bespoke CPD courses and has a keen interest in embedding, contextualising and resource development, as well as digital technologies and neurodiversity. Rachel, a qualified teacher with Advanced Teacher Status, has written numerous training courses for leading support agencies and FE providers. She is currently National Co-Chair of the National Association of Teaching English and Community Languages to Adults (NATECLA).
About the Transformative Teachers Webinar Series
The Transformative Teachers webinar series is aimed at English language teaching professionals who would like to participate in regular development opportunities.
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