Using authentic resources in the language classroom

ACTFL includes in the Guiding Principles of Language Learning six core practices.  One of the core practices is “Guiding Learners Through Interpreting Authentic Resources.”

When we talk about the value of authentic resources in world language instruction, several questions arise:

What are authentic resources?

How do I find them?

How do I select them?

How do I store them?

How do I incorporate them into my teaching?

Over the next few blog posts, I will attempt to address each one of these questions separately.

  1. What are authentic resources?

Authentic resources are created by and for the target language users either for information or entertainment.

Authentic resources include:

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in addition to: fine art, photographs, charts, maps, schedules, etc.  Since the advent of the Common Core, the idea of “text” has been expanded to include anything students view, listen to, or read.

Some examples:

Meme:

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Poem:                                                   Chart/schedule:

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Comic strip:

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Commercial:

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Infographic:

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Brochure:

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Audio clip:

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