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Delta Teach Development: Teaching Unplugged: Dogme in English Language Teaching Paperback – January 1, 2009

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Delta Publishing (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905085192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905085194
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,947,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gaston Bacquet on October 19, 2014
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This review refers to the Kindle version of the book and not to the book itself. I have tried to actually read the book a number of times on my device and there's something wrong with the formatting of the electronic version. When you tap on the screen for turning the page, nothing happens for several seconds. When the page does flip, it does so for 5 or 6 pages or it takes you right to the end of the book.
The table of contents will effectively freeze your device and you'll have to restart it. I have tried restarting the device as well as deleting the book and downloading it again, to no avail. I can't read more than 2 pages at a time without experiencing some kind of technical glitch which prevents me from reading.
I've contacted Amazon to get this fixed, but in the meantime I would encourage you to buy the printed version. The books contains invaluable data if you are into the Dogme approach to teaching, but you won't be able to read this electronic version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janey Gaventa on November 13, 2014
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I have to agree with Gaston Bacquet. Do not buy the Kindle version. I had the exact same experience with it freezing my Kindle and not being able to read the book all (read his review to get the complete story). Very frustrating, and a waste of money. I suspect the book itself would be an excellent resource (I've listened to several of Thornbury's talks online and have really enjoyed them...), but the Kindle version is not the way to go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By YB on March 12, 2015
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Teaching Unplugged is an award winning book about Dogme in English Language Teaching, which is "materials light, conversation driven, and focuses on the learner and on their emergent language." This book is divided into three sections A, B, and C. Each section has an informative couple of pages explaining what that section is about and how the authors recommend one go about it as well as Dogme teaching "recipes" for teachers to use in the classroom.

I purchased this book because it closely resembles how I am learning the Asian language of the country where I am a resident alien. I think this is a good book, but most teachers, or student teachers, reading this book will be challenged to utilize much of these ideas full-time in their classrooms because of their student's shareholders wishes and beliefs about language teaching and the focus on testing in some parts of the world.

Overall, I think this book is really worth four stars, but I gave it three stars because I think according to the Dogme spirit that readers should be primarily reading the Kindle version--the paperless, electronic version instead of a traditional paper book. In addition, when I opened my copy, the binding of the International version separated slightly. I was not happy about that. I, too, urge the authors to fix the reported problems with the Kindle version so that readers do not have to order the paper and glue version of the book. Good reading to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Omar Guerrero Mendoza on March 30, 2015
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The best English teacher's book ever written. The authors make you reflect on your teaching practice and give you exellent and practical ideas for you to use with your students. I would recommend this book to every teacher in the world.
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