Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Diane Larsen-Freeman

Second Advisor

Michael Jerald


This paper defines authentic material and describes how the language teacher can find or produce it. The author describes an approach to teaching oral communication skills in three demonstration lessons based on his experience teaching in Japan. The author then analyzes the learning process making the point that in this approach learners learn both language and process, communication skills and the process of learning communication skills. The author concludes by putting the paper in the perspective of its general applicability to teaching other aspects of language, such as writing skills, and the continuing professional interest in teaching and learning communicative competence.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Communication | Curriculum and Instruction | Teacher Education and Professional Development