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Using Realia in TEFL Teaching

The word real on which this word is built gives a big clue to what realia is.

In foreign language instruction realia are real-life objects used in the classroom to illustrate and teach vocabulary‏‎ or to help students learn and produce. Realia can consist of almost anything including both objects from a country where the target language‏‎ is spoken as well as objects from the teacher’s home country…

Authentic TEFL Material

Authentic Material is material used in the TEFL‏‎ classroom which was originally created for native speakers of English.

The reason we use authentic material in class rather than material specifically written for learners is to provide more variety and authenticity to the lesson. It also allows you to tailor the content of the lesson more specifically to your class needs and interests.

For example, most ELT textbooks will cover general subjects…