Tentang Authentic High Interest Visual Material.
Authentic materials: “Sometimes called “authentic” or “contextualized”, real-life materials are those that a student encounters in everyday life but that weren’t created for educational purposes. They include newspapers, magazines, and Web sites, as well as driver’s manuals, utility bills, pill bottles, and clothing labels.”
Authentic materials are materials created for native speaker of the language and use in a class in its original form and design. In other words, they are not changed in any way. Whereas genuine materials are authentic materials adapted for a class, e. g. jumbled paragraphs, cut out headlines etc.
Martinez listed following pluses and minuses:
- Students are exposed to real language
- There is factual acquisition from most of them
- Textbooks do not include inaccurate language
- Authentic materials may be inspirational for some students
- One piece of text may be used for various activities and tasks
- Wide choice of styles, genres and formality in authentic texts
- They can motivate students to read for pleasure
- May be difficult to understand because of a culture gap
- The vocabulary may be not exactly what the students need
- They are rather difficult for beginners
- Preparation is often demanding and time consuming
- There are many various accents and dialects in listenings
- The materials become outdated quickly (news)
Sources of authentic materials
Newspapers, menus, magazines, the Internet, TV programs, movies, CDs, songs, brochures, comics, literature (novels, poems and short stories), catalogues, leaflets, tickets, postcards, bills, receipts, wrappings, recipes, business cards, labels, stamps, etc.