Teaching Unplugged: My First Video

A few months ago, I was lucky to get my first attempt at teaching a Dogme ELT lesson recorded.  I received a copy of the recording from the language department at the University of Sussex.  With this video, I copied to my PC, edited some of the clips and then made it more suitable for YouTube.  A copy of the video is available to watch below.

A copy of my original lesson plan and reflection is available to read on my blog.  This will hopefully provide further information about the lesson that I prepared for the formal observation.  Some of the language that was encountered during the lesson included:

  • Did/Do you know about …?
  • I don’t … much but … (I don’t exercise much but I watch TV)
  • I just heard that …
  • I’m aware that …
  • First Lady
  • International Women’s Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • The Iron Lady

This is a brief summary of the language that emerged during class and hope it’s a good illustration how useful an unplugged lesson can be.  Finally, I have been wondering whether Dogme ELT could be a useful topic to research for my MA Dissertation and will be posting more information regarding this in due course.  I will be seeking teachers and institutions to answer some questions so please feel free to contact me if you wish to be included in my study.  You never know, I might be presenting my findings in next year’s IATEFL Conference.

0 thoughts on “Teaching Unplugged: My First Video

  • May 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm
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    Hi Martin,

    Have just posted a link to this on the TeachingEnglish facebook page if you'd like to check their for comments.

    Please feel free to post there whenever you've got something you'd like to share.

    Best,

    Ann

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  • May 16, 2011 at 9:28 am
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    Hello Ann.

    Thank you for kindly letting me know. I saw the post on Facebook and it is gratefully appreciated.

    Regards,

    Martin

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  • May 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm
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    Very interesting to see a recorded lesson, be it Dogme oriented or not, Martin! One thing I've found when walking around the room during conversation and making note of language to discuss afterwards was that students sometimes clammed up a little or became less authentic when I was near because they soon realised what I was doing. Did you find ways to take note of this language less obtrusively?

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    • June 3, 2014 at 3:34 am
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      seburnt – A few things I used to do to be less obtrusive were to walk behind the students while they were in discussion, reducing my height below their eye level (if possible) and by making mental notes and writing them out a bit later. Mind you I was pretty bad at keeping detailed notes 🙂

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  • June 3, 2014 at 3:35 am
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    seburnt – A few things I used to do to be less obtrusive were to walk behind the students while they were in discussion, reducing my height below their eye level (if possible) and by making mental notes and writing them out a bit later. Mind you I was pretty bad at keeping detailed notes 🙂

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