Dogme in English Language Teaching
|Authors:||Luke Meddings, Scott Thornbury|
|Series:||Delta Teacher Development Series|
|Tags:||dogme, DTDS, theory|
Teaching Unplugged has just been awarded the British Council 2010 ELTons UK Award for Innovation.
Teaching Unplugged is the first book to deal comprehensively with the approach in English Language Teaching known as Dogme ELT. It challenges not only the way we view teaching, but also the way we view being a teacher.
Dogme ELT advocates teaching ‘unplugged’: a materials-light, conversation-driven philosophy of teaching that, above all, focuses on the learner and on emergent language.
Teaching Unplugged contains three distinctive parts A, B and C which focus in turn on theory, practice and development:
- A background to the ideas behind teaching unplugged.
- A detailed explanation of the core principles behind Dogme ELT.
- An invitation to reflect on the best way to learn a language and, consequently, to teach it.
- A bank of activities that teachers can use right away and which help them ‘unplug their teaching’ from the start.
- Activities that involve little or no preparation, often requiring no more than pen, paper and the people in the room.
- Tips, techniques and key terms to facilitate a new approach to teaching.
- A reflection on questions relating to how Dogme ELT can be applied in different teaching contexts.
- An in-depth examination of the issues and implications of adopting this new style of teaching.
The outcome of this meeting of minds is Teaching Unplugged, a slim, attractive and ultimately thought-provoking title.
EL Gazette, July 2009 PDF
I think that Teaching Unplugged is a breath of fresh air. It makes so many points that I profoundly agree with but have not myself had the ability to put into print, with or without the framework of Dogme.
ELTONS, September 2009 PDF
This inspirational book will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand how Dogme may allow them to take a fresh look at their teaching and focus on how, what and why they teach.
English Teaching professional, PDF
Teaching Unplugged is an excellent read; the case for using this new approach is argued persuasively and is easily accessible, and the toolkit contains a plethora of simple yet effective ideas that will improve any teacher’s armoury.
TEFL.net, October 2009 PDF
I hope that Teaching Unplugged will begin to redress the balance by helping teachers to see beyond the orthodoxy of mainstream ELT and its apparently insatiable appetite for the production of materials.
Modern English Teacher, Volume 19 No.2, April 2010 PDF
“Teaching Unplugged” is a book that really pushes the current concepts of teaching methodology, supports teachers that are willing to experiment with an unplugged approach and provides some key lessons to put to practice. Furthermore, the tips and techniques provided are so invaluable that it should be on every teacher’s bookshelf. I recommend this book for teachers that are willing to develop professionally and improve their own knowledge of teaching methodology. The book provides a good summary; “Teaching Unplugged represents an exciting new chapter in alternative and progressive educational theory”.
www.eltexperiences.blogspot.com, December 2010 PDF
... Teaching Unplugged offers a fresh new start to ELT, as it definitely focuses on the students' specific needs and interests, fostering their creativity and ability to become independant learners and users of a foreign language.
Juana M Rodriguez
TESOL-SPAIN Newsletter 34/3, Winter 2010/11 PDF