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Comprehensible Input and Authentic Resources

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(@yeager85): What questions would you like to cover in a session on authentic resources? Would you like to pool our resources together? Or would you be more interested in how to actually use an authentic resource in a classroom? Please let me know what you'd like to see!

How do you find novice-appropriate sources on engaging topics? What sort of searches do you use, as in search engines and key words?



Find resources on Twitter with the hashtag #authres, as well as sources organized by language and them on this wiki.


Comprehensible Input Readings

I have uploaded some of my CI readings on my blog.  They aren't authentic, but students have seemed to enjoy them.  I tried to inject humor when I could!


Comments (9)

Kristin Pontarelli said

at 8:37 am on Jun 20, 2013

I have used many authentic listening sources this year. I would love to hear from more people about others. I personally love AudioLingua and have added it to my Feedly where I can nicely organize them activities by content. I also like FLuency Professor online. And the University of Texas has some nice activities. (srapontarelli)

Jennifer said

at 10:52 pm on Jun 27, 2013

I also use NULU with my students. They are authentic news articles but you can change the language level to make it more appropriate for your students. There are options to hover over the text when reading online and it translates words for you. Also, you can listen to the text in Spanish as well. Pretty cool- www.nulu.com

Bethanie Carlson Drew said

at 11:04 pm on Jun 27, 2013

I love the Univ. of Texas stuff, and have had good success with audio-lingua.eu--which has multiple language options. I'm interested in exploring http://www.newsinslowspanish.com/. Anyone tried it?

Kristin Pontarelli said

at 8:31 am on Jun 30, 2013

I will have to take a look at both those suggestions. I added the audio-lingua and an Oral histories website to my Google Reader, now Feedly. I can organize the activities by chapters or topics being studied. Thanks for the suggestions!

Amy Lenord said

at 7:12 pm on Jun 30, 2013

I am most interested in developing the "how" for using authentic resources. I was working on this for my district, but I think it is the next step for a lot of teachers out there. They love the idea of authentic resources, but sometimes don't know how to make them accessible to novice learners.

Kristin Pontarelli said

at 7:30 pm on Jun 30, 2013

The Oral histories website offers listening activities in the novice, intermediate and advanced levels, as do the University of Texas listening activities. What I like about both of them is that each activity has a little video and a text that follows. Some highlight specific grammar and vocabulary points. Some teachers might want to try the content based approach and base their entire lesson for a day or even a unit around the listening activity. I know that can be extremely difficult for those stuck to a particular curriculum and having to cover content. But start small and introduce one authentic listening activity a chapter or unit to replace one of the "book" activities.

Eugene Tarjan said

at 10:16 am on Feb 21, 2014

What is the oral histories website you are referring to? I teach in Memphis and am also very interested in authentic materials

Jennifer said

at 11:37 pm on Jul 30, 2013

@SenoraGeroux- I have often found many excellent Authentic resources from Zachary Jones' s website. This link http://zachary-jones.com/zambombazo/panorama-tematico/ should take you right to the page that lists his activities by theme. Lots of very cool and easy to use activities for all levels. I have used with Spanish 1-3 so far.

Jennifer said

at 11:41 pm on Jul 30, 2013

@SenoraGeroux- one more note on types of activities (I think someone asked about this). In my AP Summer Institute session, the presenter is really pushing creating "actividades redondas" which incorporate READING, WRITING, LISTENING, & SPEAKING practice for every piece that you choose to use in your classes. Lets' face it, this may not be possible to do everyday with everything that we use but I really think it helps you think about thoughtfully choosing activities that are worth your time (to create these activities) and the students time (there is a measurable learning outcome from the use of the activity).

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