Authentic Sound Bites: Using Talk Radio Clips for Language Acquisition

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Mark Rebuck, Meijo University Faculty of Pharmacy


Using 2 examples of recordings from talk radio, this paper outlines how authentic audio can be made accessible for learners and used in a way that promotes language acquisition rather than just tests listening comprehension. The characteristics of the described recordings are encapsulated in the acronym SAMPLE (Short, Authentic, Meaningful, Productive, Listening, Extract). Key components of this acronym are explained with the aim of providing some guiding principles for incorporating this audio resource into EFL lessons.


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