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Nov. 21, 2022

S2 50.0 Realia for Vocabulary

Realia (real life objects) is a topic most of us have heard of, yet how much do we use it in our classrooms? Alberto August, a professor from Belize, shares the importance of integrating realia into each lesson. He emphasizes using low-resource realia in the context of your environment. Listen to hear his hands-on ideas.


Alberto August, a professor from Belize, who is currently working in Malaysia shares his expertise in bringing realia to your classroom. He discusses ideas of empowering students through bringing realia from their homes and creating realia-based learning centers in your classroom. Join us to hear more of his great tips to support your use of realia, in every class!

Top Tips from this Episode:

  • Use realia that is readily accessible in your context
  • Empower your students and ask them to bring realia from their homes
  • Types of realia - newspapers, brochures, flyers, real objects in your environment
  • Don’t feel confined to the classroom
  • Draw your own realia

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Alberto Luis August

Assistant Professor

Alberto Luis August is an Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies with the School of Education at the University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM). He is the founder and owner of La Isla Cariñosa Academy, a preschool and elementary school in Belize. For 3 years, he served as the Dean of the School of Education at Galen University where he successfully re-launched a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education program for educators. For 4 years, he carried out the role of Assistant Professor and the National Coordinator for the Teachers’ Internship program at the University of Belize. Currently, he teaches undergraduate and graduate modules in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Singapore with UNM. He holds a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and a Master Degree in Secondary Education from the University of North Florida. He has 30 years of teaching experience at the primary, secondary, and tertiary level of education.