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Authentic Materials

Authentic Materials are language materials that were originally intended for native speakers, not second-language learners.

We offer an Authentic Materials Guide that provides in-depth information about the nature of Authentic Materials and resources for their use. On this site we also offer Authentic Materials. Click here for more information.

Authentic Materials Guide

The Authentic Materials Guide, created by Donna Brinton and Andrea Wong, provides an introduction to Authentic Materials, annotated bibliographies on teaching methodology, and links to online resources for creating lessons. The Guide offers sample lesson plans, which you are welcome to adapt for your own use. The following links lead to individual sections of the Guide:

Sample Lesson Plans

When you select a type of material from the list below, it will take you to chapter containing two or three lesson plans for the type of material listed. Once you have selected a chapter, the "bookmarks" tab on the left hand side of your screen will display a list of the chapter contents.

Click here to view the complete Authentic Materials Guide in a single file.

License for use

Each page comes with a Creative Commons license that makes these stipulations:

  • you may use and modify the material for any non-commercial purpose
  • you must credit Language Materials Project as the source
  • if you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under a license identical to this one

Authentic Materials offered on this site

We offer Authentic Materials and sources for Authentic Materials in most of our languages. You will find references to collections of books, periodicals, videos, audio recordings, images and maps, and web sites, as well as downloadable images of individual realia (product labels, signs, stamps and currency, newspaper clippings, tickets, programs, brochures, and other everyday items with language content). Some of the materials originated in other languages and were translated into the target language for use by native speakers.

How to find the Authentic Materials on this site

From the search menu at the top of this screen, select a language, select a type of material, and press Search.

Other Help

In addition, we provide the following technical help for manipulating authentic materials you may find on this and other websites: