Authentic activities in language learning: Bringing real world relevance to classroom activities
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World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2011
June 27, 2011
Theo Bastiaens & Martin Ebner
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Maintaining essential contextual conditions in TESOL classroom in order to achieve authenticity have been the target for many researchers. During this process, however, the difficulty and complexity of real life tasks have been disregarded. As a result, knowledge gathered at school through decontextualised school type activities often remains ‘inert’ and thus learners cannot transfer their knowledge in the target language to novel contexts. This paper argues that school-type tasks that do not mirror real life activities have negative effects on students’ developing robust knowledge, and suggests that the critical characteristics of authentic activities are the key to achieve authentic authenticity.
Ozverir, I. & Herrington, J. (2011). Authentic activities in language learning: Bringing real world relevance to classroom activities. In T. Bastiaens & M. Ebner (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2011 (pp. 1423-1428). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved December 11, 2013 from http://www.editlib.org/p/38052.
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