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Welcome to the NFLRC professional development series on Online Learning Pedagogy: Materials Development for Online Language Courses. This lesson focuses on how to adapt available materials when they contain generic content that does not reflect the richness of what people do in the real world.

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The communicative language teaching approach encourages using authentic materials in real or authentic contexts. When we adopt (authentic) materials created by others in our (online) classroom, the issue of fair use has to be considered. To read more about fair use in the U.S., please check and Some practical information and suggestions about fair use can be found from

In addition to the consideration of fair use, searching for and preparation of authentic materials for pedagogical use are very often time-consuming. To save some labor, please check out the Language Materials Project website created by the University of California, Los Angeles (, which offers links and resources to quite a few languages and sample lesson plans.
We look forward to reading your ideas for scaffolding authentic materials.
10/08/2016 • 
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