Teaching Unplugged

Dogme in English Language Teaching

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Teaching Unplugged is available as both paperback and e-book. The e-book is available in the Kindle store where you can download the free Kindle reading app for every major smartphone, tablet, and computer.

Teaching Unplugged was 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:

  • 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.

B:

  • 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.

C:

  • 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.

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Reviews

The outcome of this meeting of minds is Teaching Unplugged, a slim, attractive and ultimately thought-provoking title.

Wayne Trotman

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.

Nick McIver

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.

Viv Midlane

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.

Saul Pope

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.

Terri Edwards

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”.

Martin Sketchley

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

Component ISBNs

Book 978-1-905085-19-4

38 responses to Teaching Unplugged

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  2. [...] put up, in an attempt to take a deeper look at Scott Thornbury and Luke Meddings’  Teaching Unplugged approach. The question posted for this first challenge was: Materials-mediated teaching is the [...]

  3. [...] Teaching Unplugged Marketing ideas. It was a very short document, and had a few notes for marketing the well-known book by Scott Thornbury and Luke Meddings. As it turned out, Delta publishing had no marketing department (or budget really) at the time and [...]

  4. [...] Luke Meddings & Scott Thornbury, Teaching Unplugged, Delta Teacher Development Series, 2009. Which of these two is the teacher? Which is the [...]

  5. [...] Meddings & Scott Thornbury, Teaching Unplugged, Delta Teacher Development Series, [...]

  6. [...] ~Luke Meddings & Scott Thornbury, Teaching Unplugged, Delta Teacher Development Series, [...]

  7. [...] Luke & Thornbury, Scott (2009). Teaching Unplugged. Dogme in English Language Teaching. Peaslake: Delta [...]

  8. [...] look at a specific example, from Teaching Unplugged (DELTA Publishing 2009): Paper interviews (Scott and Luke, apologies for what may well be a rubbish [...]

  9. [...] much of the inspiration for this lesson comes from an idea I found in Teaching Unplugged by Luke Meddings and Scott Thornbury. The 1944 photo and original text adapted for this lesson come [...]

  10. [...] years. In 2000 he co-founded the dogme in ELT group with Scott Thornbury, and in 2009 their book Teaching Unplugged was published by Delta. In 2010 it won a British Council ELTon Award for Innovation. His current [...]

  11. [...] Teaching Unplugged Marketing ideas. It was a very short document, and had a few notes for marketing the well-known book by Scott Thornbury and Luke Meddings. As it turned out, Delta publishing had no marketing department (or budget really) at the time and [...]

  12. [...] years. In 2000 he co-founded the dogme in ELT group with Scott Thornbury, and in 2009 their book Teaching Unplugged was published by Delta. In 2010 it won a British Council ELTon Award for Innovation. His current [...]

  13. [...] here for EFL/ESL teachers: Apart fom being both great books, what is the difference between Teaching Unplugged and Learning Teaching in light of the above? Take a look at the introductory chapters of both books [...]

  14. [...] a week “unplugged” and away from the coursebook, generating lessons from student input: Teaching Unplugged by Scott Thornbury and Luke Meddings would be helpful here, as would some of the ideas on this [...]

  15. [...] together.  On that note, and being cheeky: DELTA Publishing, any chance of having a few copies of Teaching Unplugged donated to the school in question?  Can we work together to make a difference?  Comment and [...]

  16. [...] PRESS 2:10pm 1 March: DELTA PUBLISHING HAVE AGREED TO DONATE COPIES OF TEACHING UNPLUGGED TO THE SCHOOL IN NEED I WRITE ABOUT IN THIS POST – GREAT TO SEE SOCIAL NETWORKING WORKING FOR [...]

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  18. [...] from the local community, led by Scott Thornbury and Luke Meddings, authors of the award-winning Teaching Unplugged. It would be a rare chance to see Scott and Luke put their theory into practice. We’d then [...]

  19. [...] the idea of asking students to listen for specific numbers in the text comes from Teaching Unplugged by Luke Meddings and Scott Thornbury, and from New English File Advanced, by Clive Oxenden and [...]

  20. [...] Well, the larger publisher publishers didn’t feel able to take on Teaching Unplugged, even with Scott Thornbury’s involvement – so I know it can be hard to place a project that [...]

  21. [...] level. I had no information about any of the students. But I took it and decided to turn to Teaching Unplugged. I was also eager to see if I could try out some ideas I got from a workshop by Ken Wilson for [...]

  22. [...] a rather more complex approach. For anybody so inclined to take a more in-depth look at dogme, see Teaching Unplugged, Thornbury and Meddings, published in 2009 by Delta. Also be sure to visit Scott Thornbury’s [...]

  23. [...] to him – and why he was so committed to it. This was in reply to my own critique of the book that he and Scott Thornbury have written on the subject. You can read follow-ups and comments about [...]

  24. [...] I based the pedagogy on Dogme principles laid out in Teaching Unplugged: Dogme in English Language Teaching. [...]

  25. [...] and Meddings book,Teaching Unplugged – the link also has downloadable parts of the book in [...]

  26. [...] the attraction of teaching unplugged is, at least in part, for me the important job it does of refocusing us as teachers on the richness [...]

  27. [...] Serendipitously, at much the same time, we attended the IATEFL conference in Cardiff and watched Luke Meddings and Scott Thornbury announce the launch of their book Teaching Unplugged: Dogme in ELT (DELTA 2009). [...]

  28. [...] PRESS 2:10pm 1 March: DELTA PUBLISHING HAVE AGREED TO DONATE COPIES OF TEACHING UNPLUGGED TO THE SCHOOL IN NEED I WRITE ABOUT IN THIS POST – GREAT TO SEE SOCIAL NETWORKING WORKING FOR [...]

  29. [...] other to tandem teach a class occasionally (recall activity “Outside In” on p.33 in Teaching Unplugged? – why not leverage it to enable some [...]

  30. [...] is this still Teaching Unplugged? Well, it’s unplugged from any coursebook, it’s unplugged from any prescribed activity and [...]

  31. [...] out more extended noticing tasks. For example, the dogme activity, the Sounds of Silence, from Teaching Unplugged, where the class simply listens in silence for one minute to whatever is happening around them (open [...]

  32. [...] boardwork, eliciting gaps, giving students time to record and ask questions about what they see. In Teaching Unplugged, Scott and Luke recommend ten strategies that teachers can use to help students engage with [...]

  33. [...] ELT. Luke & Scott wrote about it in the British Council ELTon Award for Innovation winning Teaching Unplugged (Delta Publishing), have given talks about it worldwide and been written about countless times [...]

  34. [...] recently, the Dogme approach has been systematized in the book Teaching Unplugged, by Scott Thornbury and Luke Meddings (Meddings and Thornbury, 2009). Here is the idea of the [...]

  35. [...] Luke Meddings of Unplugged Thinking, co-founder of the Dogme movement and co-author of teaching Unplugged with Scott [...]

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