Teach English in GuAngta Jiedao - Guangzhou Shi

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Books and materials were the topic for the unit 14. Here my attention was drawn to the fact that you could get or use course book materials from the syllabus or that the teacher could also create his/her own material, which could be more interesting and more relevant. There are two types of groups for these materials. Authentic material and created material. Authentic material would be anything that a native English speaker can read or hear for example, TV programs and magazines. We would likely use authentic material because it is more real so it would be more interesting and motivating to the students. Also, the students would gain more confidence when they can understand these materials and it could be geared towards the interests of a particular group of students. Whereas created materials are designed by the teacher to replace or add on to materials from a course book. Common examples would be crosswords, word searches and gap fill activities. Then, when I am speaking about course books, this would be the books that are most likely not chosen by the teacher but are readily available and chosen by the school for the certain syllabus and grade for the students. Course books consists of a set of materials, the students book (For classroom use), Workbook (for classwork or homework use), cassettes (Either class or home use), the teachers book (the guide on how to teach the material in the students books) and videos. Although there are advantages for course books, like, the fact that it would be expected by the students, It provides security for both students and teachers and it is usually attractive and appealing. There are also disadvantages in the fact that it cant always fit the specific needs and interests of all the students, it could make the teacher lazy and stop them from being creative and a course book could most of the time be a compromise. To best use a course book would be to not use it for the whole lesson, to explore ways to match the book to the needs of the students and as the teacher, to approach the book critically. The four different options for course book use are, omit (to omit certain lessons for the book that aren't relevant), replace unsuitable with more appropriate material, supplement by adding extra material and to adapt to the use of the same basic materials but in the teachers own style. Then finally, if the teacher has the opportunity to choose their own course book, it is important to analyse it the best possible way by looking at the price, the availability, design, methodology, skills, difficulty, syllabus, topic, teachers guide and what extra materials there are for the students to work on.