Authentic materials can be defined as “materials which have not been adapted in any way”, those that were “produced by native speakers for some real purpose of their own rather than using language produced and designed solely for the classroom. Anybody who takes into the classroom a newspaper article, an advertise­ment, a pop song, a strip cartoon, or even a bus ticket, is using authentic materials”. (Respectively from this article and this one).

In this talk, we’ll discuss how to meaningfully adapt authentic materials –i.e. newspaper and magazine articles, blog posts, podcast episodes, TED talks, movies, and the like– to help us prepare grammar and vocabulary lessons.

Some areas that will be addressed in this 3-hour workshop include:

  • choosing appropriate materials;
  • Guided Discovery (getting students to find example and work out rules of use on their own);
  • different types of tasks that can be used when creating your own materials;
  • a practical component — you will create a task during the workshop!

And more.

For more information or if you have any questions, please write to me at To register, click here. To read about the whole series, click here.