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May 2012 Meeting

May 2012 Meeting 

Date:   May 19th, 2012 (Sat) 15:00 ~17:00 15:00~16:00 Presentation, Q&A

16:10~17:00 Business Meeting

Venue:  Shibaura Institute of Technology, Toyosu Campus
Main Conference Room on the 5F in Research Building

Presentation: Using and Adapting Authentic Materials
to Help Motivate Students
Richard Pinner

Presentation Abstract: Authenticity is often seen as a desirable component in the content we select and adapt for our language learners. It has been shown that authentic materials are more motivating, even for low-level learners, than inauthentic or contrived materials (Peacock, 1997). It is also likely that the increased focus on content rather than the “transm[ition of] declarative knowledge” (Tomlinson & Masuhara, 2010) will make authentic materials more motivating for the teacher as well as the students. Teachers who are motivated in their subject will be more motivating for their students. This course will present various definitions of authenticity and examine ways to select and adapt authentic materials to use with students as a way of exposing them to other cultures and ways of thinking. Special emphasis will be placed on using authentic materials for low-level students. The course will also look at ESP or subject-specific materials. The role between student and teacher motivation will also be examined.

Profile of the Presenter:
Richard Pinner is a PhD candidate at The University of Warwick and holds an MA from King`s College, London. He is currently researching into Authenticity and Motivation in Language Learning. He currently teaches on a part-time basis at Shibaura Institute of Technology, Sophia University and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. He has been teaching since 2004 and has worked in London and Tokyo. He also works as a teacher trainer, particularly on areas such as implementing technology and materials development. His publications and conference presentations are available on his blog at http://www.engnet-education.com

Peacock, M. (1997a) ‘The effect of authentic materials on the motivation of EFL learners’ ELT Journal, 5 (12) (pp. 144-156)
Tomlinson, B. & Masuhara, H. (Eds.) (2010) Research for Materials Development in Language Learning London: Continuum

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