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Selecting An Authentic Text
by David Hiple
- Does the text correspond to topic or theme in your
textbook or syllabus?
- Is the topic of sufficient interest to the students?
- Do the students have at least some experience with
- What areas of experience or knowledge will need to be
activated for students to approach this text with an
- Are students familiar with this genre?
- Are there illustrations, photos, and other typographic
conventions that support the topic?
- Does the title provide some indication of the content of
- What aspects of the target language culture are reflected
in the text (routines, rituals, norms, values, facts)?
- What are the students' own cultural schemata for this
- Is the level of difficulty at, below or slightly above
the students' present level?
- What is the percentage of known and "guessable"
- Are the known and "guessable" items related to
the main idea of the text?
- What percentage of sentences represent familiar
- Does the text contain a significant number of metaphors,
symbols, hidden meanings, and idioms?
- Is the text organized in a familiar way (chronological
sequence, cause-effect, problem-solution, comparison)?
- Does the author make his or her point clear?
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