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The difference between authentic material and non-

authentic material

Authentic material Non-authentic material


The use in teaching of texts, Refers to textbook and other specially
photographs, video selection and other developed instructional resources.
teaching resources that were not
specially prepared for pedagogical
purposes.
Authentic material refers to items that Non authentic material refers to anything
have not been designed or adapted for that has been designed specifically to aid
use in an English language classroom the teaching process
Examples : magazines, newspapers, Examples: worksheets, textbooks and
video clips and song lyrics instructional CD’s or DVD’S

Advantages: Advantages:
 Have a positive effect on learner’s  The language is easier and
motivation understandable.
 Provide authentic cultural  Get clear objectives to develop
information  It is adapted for a particular aspect
 Provide exposure to real language  Materials are relevant, useful and
 Relate closely to learner’s needs focused on what pupils are
 Support a more creative approach learning at the point
to teaching.
Disadvantages: Disadvantages:
 Contain difficult language, new  Might be in appropriate worksheets
vocabulary items and complex because it might suitable for all
language structures. pupils in a class
 May be too culturally  Lack authenticity
 Teacher has to find different ways
to teach to involve and maintain
pupils in classroom
 Pupils lost the motivation to see
always the same materials to
study.
Conclusion: Conclusion:
 Authentic materials enable  Non-authentic materials help
learners to interact with the real pupils to understand, motivate, and
language and content rather the get real, useful and meaningful
the form. language rather than the form.