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Monday, February 8, 2016

PACE Project: Incorporating Authentic Texts into the Language Classroom

Friday, February 19, 2016
2:00-3:30 p.m
Nicholson 35
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The issue of authenticity has received much attention in recent years. In the case of foreign language learning and teaching, different types of naturalistic methods have focused on authenticity of acquisition processes and in the area of use. A content-based curriculum typically adheres to three principles: subject-matter core, authentic language and texts, and appropriateness to learner needs. The “core materials” such as texts, videos, realia, recordings, and visual aids, “should be selected primarily (but not exclusively) from those produced for native speakers of the language. The learning activities should be both expository and experiential in nature and focus on conveying real message and accomplishing specific tasks”(Leaver and Stryker, 1989, 271). This lecture will focus on the process of incorporating authentic materials into the language classroom and provide effective teaching strategies to maximize students’ learning.

Dr. Abdalla is an Associate Professor at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He has taught courses and lectured extensively in the areas of linguistics, Arabic media, and Arabic language in several universities in Egypt, Europe, and the USA.

This workshop is scheduled from 2:00-3:30 p.m. and is open to the university community. Coffee, dessert and fruit will be served.

The PACE Project is funded by a grant from The Language Flagship.

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