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Authenticity and Authentication in Language Learning

Distinctions, Orientations, Implications


Stuart Amor

The purpose of this study is to examine authenticity and related concepts in the field of language learning, to explore the significance of authenticity in various interrelated contexts that affect the process of foreign language learning and to look at the way texts and other materials can be authenticated in the classroom. It describes the implications for coursebook design, teachers and learners, and for language education. Authenticity and authentication are complex terms but of great significance for language learning. The integral language orientations described by Dr. Amor form an intricate web of language attributes and aspects of authentication that should be woven in the classroom.
Contents: Fundamentals: Language, Text and Context. The Larger Context – Definitions and Distinctions: Proficient Users and Language Corpora. Genuineness. Genuine and Non-genuine Texts. Authenticity and Authentication. Authentic Tasks and Activities. Authenticity and Motivation. Integral Language Orientations – Practical Applications: Spoken Language. Written Language. Visual Language – Implications: Issues and Conclusions. Bibliography.