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Topic of the Week:

Promoting Authenticity in Second Language Learning through #hashtags
May 20, 2019

By Misaki Kato, CASLS Fellow

Engaging students can be one of the most difficult things to do in any classroom. Using authentic materials is one way to grab students’ attention as it offers them opportunities to connect their learning with how their target language is used in real communication. However, does the use of authentic materials, such as social media, create authentic learning experience for learners? In this Topic of the Week, we consider how authentic mate...Read more

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