|“Found Objects” Luke Meddings|
On Tuesday 18 September, I had the opportunity to travel up to London and attend Luke Meddings’ talk at the British Council, as part of the new Seminars between 2012 to 2013, at Spring Gardens. Luke Meddings’ talk was titled “Found Objects” and the blurb on the British Council Seminars’ poster is in the image on the left. Each attendee was greeted by a large brown sugar cube on their chair and prior to the start of the talk I mingled with other attendees and picked up some materials (posters and DVDs), journals and pamphlets. At the first British Council Seminar for this academic year, I bumped into to some familiar faces such as Sandy, Mike, Phil, Ela and Sue to name just a few.
|What’s a sugar cube sitting here for?|
The seminar started with Luke Meddings getting attendees to guess why there was a large brown sugar cube on their chair and eliciting responses, as one would if they were in the classroom. Some of the suggestions included collocations such as “like it or lump it”, “sugar lump” or a “spoon full of sugar”. Some other ideas why the sugar cube was present on attendees’ seats included the purpose of a reservation, so we could feed a horse (if one were to attend the seminar), or memories about being fed a sugar lump. Essentially, the seminar was about using objects to prompt authentic interaction and conversation and it gets the outside world into the classroom. Meddings then decided to break down the acronyms of each letter from “Found Objects” to look at various activities or ideas to consider when bringing objects inside the classroom and he related this to the second key tenet of Dogme ELT, a focus on ‘materials-light‘. One question that I was wondering was, is there a difference between materials and objects?
F is for Found:
|ELT Pics © 2012|
O is for Objects:
U is for Using:
N is for Narrative:
|Meddings demonstrating the creative use of cardboard.|
|You know you want to spend, spend, spend.|
D is for Direction:
|The British Council podium in Spring Gardens|
|Martin Sketchley (left) and Luke Meddings (right)|
The video of the British Council Seminars is available now to watch below:
You can also read up on the Teaching English website about the seminar also.