Still Thinking It Over: More ways to practice phrasal verbs

Hopefully, some of you were able to try out the Think It Over activity from last week.  When I worked with an advanced private student, we quickly got through Tasks 1 and 2, and then focused on finding one-word equivalents for phrasal verbs, which we did with an article he had read in preparation for…

Getting the Most Out of Authentic Texts

If you’ve decided to bring in an authentic text to share with your students, what do you plan to do with it? You can use a text to meet a number of objectives, which include but are not limited to: Teaching text organization and comprehension of main ideas. Scramble the paragraphs of a short article…

Four Pitfalls of Working with Authentic Texts

Bringing authentic materials into the language classroom has definite benefits. With a teacher’s support, “real” language becomes more accessible. However, there are some dangers we need to avoid.  Pitfalls include: Selecting texts that are too advanced. Many authentic texts, especially in the media and academia, are too challenging for lower level students. The vocabulary and…