INCORPORATING DOGME ELT IN THE CLASSROOM

IATEFL GLASGOW 23 MARCH 2012

MARTIN SKETCHLEY WWW.ELTEXPERIENCES.COM TWITTER: @ELTEXPERIENCES

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CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION TO DOGME ELT ANALYSIS OF DOGME ELT LESSON IDEAS TO DEVELOP & INCORPORATE DOGME ELT DOGME ELT: BEST PRACTICE QUESTIONS

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WHAT IS DOGME ELT?
THERE ARE THREE KEY TENETS OF DOGME ELT: INCORPORATION OF A ‘CONVERSATION-DRIVEN’ APPROACH A ‘MATERIALS-LIGHT’ FOCUS SCAFFOLDING ‘EMERGENT LANGUAGE’

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HOW IMPORTANT IS EACH PRINCIPLE?
EACH OF THE KEY TENETS SUPPORT THE OTHER PRINCIPLES OF DOGME ELT: WITHOUT A ‘CONVERSATION-DRIVEN’ PRINCIPLE THERE WOULD BE LITTLE ‘EMERGENT LANGUAGE’. WITHOUT ‘EMERGENT LANGUAGE’, THERE WOULD BE LITTLE OPPORTUNITY TO SCAFFOLD LANGUAGE. WITH LITTLE RESPECT TO A ‘MATERIALS-LIGHT’ CLASSROOM, AUTHENTIC CONVERSATION COULD BE IMPEDED.

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HOW IMPORTANT IS EACH PRINCIPLE?

CONVERSATIONDRIVEN

DOGME ELT
MATERIALSLIGHT EMERGENT LANGUAGE

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MATERIALS-LIGHT
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF COURSEBOOKS? ADVANTAGES:
• Provides newly trained teachers structure • Students can view their progress • Grammar and vocabulary is delivered in manageable ‘bite-sized’

chunks
DISADVANTAGES:
• Hinders potential exploratory and reactive teaching • Order of acquisition of grammar and vocabulary is unpredictable • Decisions based on coursebooks ‘de-skill’ teachers (Hall 2011 p.

214)

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COURSEBOOKS IN THE CLASSROOM
HOW OFTEN DO YOU USE COURSEBOOKS?

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COURSEBOOKS IN THE CLASSROOM

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COURSEBOOKS IN THE CLASSROOM
• The majority of student research Participants

indicated they used Coursebooks most of the Time. • There needs to be a Fundamental Shift away from ‘Teaching the Book’, towards ‘Teaching the Learners’.

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POPULAR MATERIAL-LIGHT ACTIVITIES
From the student survey, the majority of popular materiallight activities focuses on: i) Speaking ii) Discourse iii) Pronunciation iv) Listening

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CONVERSATION-DRIVEN
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ‘CONVERSATION’ AND ‘COMMUNICATION’? CONVERSATION: FOCUSES ON FLUENCY AND PROMOTES LEARNER AWARENESS OF LANGUAGE. COMMUNICATION: FOCUSES ON ACCURACY AS WELL AS LANGUAGE FORM.

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CONVERSATION-DRIVEN
CONVERSATION
IMPROVISED DISCUSSION FOCUS ON MEANING DESCRIPTIVE GRAMMAR INTERACTIONAL UNPREDICTABLE BOTTOM-UP TEACHING

COMMUNICATION
PRE-PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOCUS ON FORM PRESCRIPTIVE GRAMMAR TRANSACTIONAL PREDICTABLE TOP-DOWN TEACHING

FLUENCY

ACCURACY

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SCAFFOLDING EMERGENT LANGUAGE
“THERE IS ARMY BASE IN HOMETOWN BUT NOT THERE NOW” WHAT LANGUAGE PHRASE REQUIRES SCAFFOLDING? “THERE USED TO BE AN ARMY BASE IN MY HOME-TOWN”

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WHAT IS BEST PRACTICE?
WHAT IS THE BEST APPROACH TO INCORPORATE DOGME ELT IN THE CLASSROOM?

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WHAT IS BEST PRACTICE?

In the majority of situations “a lesson which is so tightly planned (and implemented) that there is no room at all for improvisation, and conversely, a lesson which is not planned at all and therefore entirely improvised, would generally be considered unbalanced and perhaps not terribly effective.” (van Lier 1996 p.200)

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LESSON IDEA: “AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN”

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ANY QUESTIONS?

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