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Authenticity (/ɔ:θəntɪsɪti/) is a property of texts (authentic texts) and tasks (authentic tasks). An authentic (/ɔ:θentɪk/) text is one that was originally produced for a real life purpose outside of education, and inauthentic learner texts form their own genre. A truly authentic task is difficult in the classroom, and simulated authentic tasks may have to be substituted. Students might react with negative affect to inauthentic texts or tasks.

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