How To Adapt Authentic Texts

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There are many good reasons to use authentic texts in your ELT materials: authentic texts are usually more engaging for the learner and crucially they show language as it is really used in the real world. In this book best-selling ELT author Sue Kay speaks from her own experience of teaching and writing general English materials to guide you through the stages of choosing a
topic, selecting a text and then adapting it for your learners.

This book aims to:

  • identify the key features of authentic texts that can sometimes be inadvertently lost in the process of adaptation for the ELT classroom.
  • teach you simple strategies for adapting and simplifying authentic texts without losing the engagement factor.
  • introduce you to corpus-informed tools that will help you identify word frequency and strong collocations, and make you a rigorous writer.

This book forms part of the ELT Teacher 2 Writer training course. The course is designed to help you write better ELT materials, either for publication, or simply to improve the quality of your self-produced classroom materials.

Sue Kay

Sue started out as an ELT teacher in France in 1980. When she moved back to the UK she worked at the Lake School of English in Oxford where she was responsible for materials writing. Some communicative activities that she’d written for teachers to use at school became the Reward Resource Packs and were published by Heinemann. The copyright has now reverted to Sue, so she and ELT Teacher 2 Writer are updating and republishing them.

Sue now writes with writing partner Vaughan Jones and they’ve written coursebooks Inside Out and New Inside Out for Macmillan, two editions of upper secondary course Focus for Pearson, the video lessons for Language Hub for Macmillan, and writing and speaking pages of Repetytorium for Pearson.

Sue is one of the co-founders, along with Karen Spiller and Karen White, of ELT Teacher 2 Writer and co-founder of ELT Publishing Professionals, a dynamic online directory that brings together publishers and freelancers.

Sue Kay

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