Title

An Examination of Text Authenticity

Author'(s) Department(s)

English as a Second Language

Abstract

In this study, the use of authentic materials is examined in reading classes at the ESL Center in Kent State University. Analyzing the reading textbooks that are used is considered the first data source. The instructors’ perceptions are considered as a second data source to inform the study about the type of authentic materials used. The students’ perception is the third source of data and their insights determines if authentic texts help to improve their language proficiency in general and their reading skills in specific. Research Questions 1-What is the nature of authentic materials in learning English as a second language in the ESL Center? 2-What are the insights and perceptions of ESL instructors about the authentic materials in reading in the ESL Center? 3- What are the ESL students’ insights and perception of using authentic materials in reading in the ESL Center? Methodology Textbook analysis, Focus Group, Survey. Findings Authentic materials enhanced motivation, reading skills and vocabulary.

Core Theme

Insight

Start Date

24-10-2014 2:30 PM

End Date

24-10-2014 3:30 PM

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An Examination of Text Authenticity

In this study, the use of authentic materials is examined in reading classes at the ESL Center in Kent State University. Analyzing the reading textbooks that are used is considered the first data source. The instructors’ perceptions are considered as a second data source to inform the study about the type of authentic materials used. The students’ perception is the third source of data and their insights determines if authentic texts help to improve their language proficiency in general and their reading skills in specific. Research Questions 1-What is the nature of authentic materials in learning English as a second language in the ESL Center? 2-What are the insights and perceptions of ESL instructors about the authentic materials in reading in the ESL Center? 3- What are the ESL students’ insights and perception of using authentic materials in reading in the ESL Center? Methodology Textbook analysis, Focus Group, Survey. Findings Authentic materials enhanced motivation, reading skills and vocabulary.