but the direct route
is located in the interactivity between teachers and learners, and between the learners themselves.
Learning is a social and dialogic process,
where knowledge is co-constructed
rather than transmitted or importedfrom teacher/coursebook to learner.
Luke Meddings & Scott Thornbury, Teaching Unplugged, Delta Teacher Development Series, 2009.
What does that mean to you?
Answer in the comments below or if you happen to have a blog, do write your own post explaining how this affects you and your work as an English language teacher.
- What is the 'scenic' route? Why do Meddings and Thornbury suggest that materials-mediated teaching practice provides this? Is there a subtext to what they're trying to communicate to us?
- Why do Meddings and Thornbury suggest that the direct route to learning is, in fact, located in interactivity?
- In your opinion, what do you think interactivity is - between teachers and learners? And between learners themselves? How do these differ? Should they differ?
- In your opinion is there any such thing as a direct route to language learning? Why, why not?
- Do you think that learning is a social and dialogic process? Justify your position or argue against.
- Is knowledge co-constructed? What does it mean, exactly, to co-construct knowledge?
How to respond?
(Write a list or tell a story,
compare lessons: dogme and non-dogme,
relate an experience, a contrary opinion,
quote research, your own theory,
submit mere musings, rant...
share an idea, a paragraph, a dictionary's definition
a beautiful photograph,come up with a clever sentence,
an article or draft the bones of an essay,
share examples from your own classroom experience...
In short, be dogmeic: personalize your response!)
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URLS which may be useful for your post
- Teaching Unplugged: http://www.deltapublishing.co.uk/titles/methodology/teaching-unplugged
- Scott Thornbury's website + articles: http://www.thornburyscott.com/
- Scott Thornbury's blog: http://scottthornbury.wordpress.com/
- Luke Meddings' blog: http://lukemeddings.wordpress.com/
- Luke Meddings' on the Delta blog: http://www.deltapublishing.co.uk/author/luke-meddings
- Dogme ELT in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogme_language_teaching
Is this dogme? by Candy Von Ost
Interactivity and co-construction by Cecilia Coehlo
What really matters? Our students by Sabrina de Vita
Interactivity and co-construction by Willy C. Cardosa
Dogme days by Diarmuid Fogarty
The importance of pair work by Nick Jaworski
No dogma for EFL by Jeremy Harmer
A response, by Andrew Pickles
Dogme for all, by Richard Whiteside
Where I stand on dogme by Natasa Grojic (also #4+#5)
Challenge #2 It's emergent?
Challenge #3 The scaffolding
Challenge #4 Being Light
Challenge #5 The Learners Voice
Challenge #6 NNEST vs NESTs