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Using Authentic Materials in the Classroom Today, one of the biggest concerns for teachers of English is to prepare learners for real life situations. That involves creating activities that expose students to real English and enable them to communicate with the outside world. One effective way to do so is to plan learning activities which feature authentic materials. Authentic materials will not only expose students to rich language input, but also bring them closer to the target culture. As a result, students will have a sense that they are learning the real language and be able to cope with genuine interaction. This makes the learning process more enjoyable and motivating.
Roger Aguirre is an English language teacher who graduated from the National University of Trujillo in 2001. He has also completed a Master's degree program in Higher Education Sciences. Roger has been teaching English for over 15 years at different public and private institutions. In 2011, he won a scholarship funded by IREX of the US Department of State to participate in the Teacher Excellence and Achievement Program for international teachers, hosted by Montana State University. He now works for High Performance School La Libertad (COAR LA LIBERTAD) as English language teacher and English coordinator. Roger is an active member of his school community, where he plays an important role in promoting English language learning in students and helping his colleagues improve their skills.
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