The purpose of this exploratory case study is to investigate the use of authentic materials through Critical Friends Groups (CFG) in a language preparatory program, at a private university in Turkey. Specifically, the study attempted to identify the perceptions and observed behaviours of native and non-native EFL instructors on the use of authentic materials, find out the potential reasons behind the implementation of authentic materials in their classroom practices and finally, examine the influence of incorporating authentic materials through CFG on classrooms practices as well as teachers’ professional development. The participants were eight EFL instructors offering English courses in the exiting preparatory program. Data were collected through interviews, lesson observations and reflective essays. The findings revealed that participating in CFG has transformational impact on instructors regarding their classroom practices as well as on their continuous professional development.
Critical Friends Group (CFG), Authentic Materials, Classroom Practices, Exploratory Case Study, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
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Gunbay, E., & Mede, E. (2017). Implementing Authentic Materials through Critical Friends Group (CFG): A Case from Turkey. The Qualitative Report, 22(11), 3055-3074. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2017.2744