In the teaching and learning process, we have original material and also supplementary materials. Here I’d like to discuss supplementary material for teaching and learning process and its characteristics that differ them from original material. What is actually means by supplementary materials?
There are some definitions given by some experts. In the web dictionary it is said that supplementary materials are substantial additional work which appends, incorporate, is appended to or is incorporated into the original material but which has some capacity to entertain or inform independently of the original material.
Another definition said that supplementary material is a part of a work, physically separate from the basic bibliographic unit and frequently in a different medium. Eg: maps inside a pocket inside a book cover, an answer book accompanying a text book or a pamphlet accompanying an audio disc.
According these two definitions, actually now we can take a conclusion that supplementary material is substantial additional work which is incorporated into or related to the original material but which has some function or capacity to entertain or inform independently, physically separate from the basic bibliographic unit and frequently in a different medium.
The characteristics of supplementary materials:
- Related to, intended to or incorporate into the original material
- Has capacity to inform or to entertain independently from original material
- Physically separate from the basic bibliography unit
- Frequently in a different medium