[practical workshop 90min]
Authentic materials have long been recommended as useful supplements to teaching. They are powerful stimuli for generating learning. They arouse the learners’ interest and exercise the learners’ acquired knowledge. Nowadays finding supplementary material can be done at a click of a button. Supplementation of course book material has become prevalent among teachers, however today’s technologies have given us a pool of teaching aids that can sometimes be overwhelming. The choices that teachers face nowadays are whether to use the course book material or create and customize digital materials to best motivate their learners. Since the introduction of the communicative approach in ELT, teachers have been directed towards the belief that authentic material is the bread and butter of professional and effective language teaching. In time we learn that there are advantages and disadvantages of supplementing course book material.
In my teaching I have always used supplementary material, but I have noticed that it can become a liability if students are overburdened with excessive materials or those materials are badly chosen. So the question that I’d like to answer is - do we need to supplement textbooks and if so, how much? How can I successfully engage my students and avoid overloading the classroom with additional material?
The workshop will look at the intermediate and advanced levels of The Business course. It will draw on the presenter’s experience in teaching Business English students. Participants will leave the workshop with a number of new practical teaching ideas in the areas of grammar, vocabulary and listening skills.