Dogmetic? Demand High ELTish?
To reference trending topics and blogs I’ve been reading over the past few days, while it all feels like common sense to me, it’s possible others might describe what I’m doing as the near-perfect blend of Demand High ELT and Dogme LT, suggested at the end of one of the last #ELTchat summaries before this blog’s birth. It’s also possible these same people might call it complete crap as I’ve yet to meet any of them To reiterate, my goal is to get these students writing in expanding English using the technologies that they favor in their daily lives.
(update – my take on what’s dogmetic or DH-ELTish is in the comments; had wanted readers to do that inferring work…)
Today we brought back the function of describing people and things from weeks 2 and 3 of the class. I’d read their fairy tales on the blog, and was quite pleased in general with the sequencing and past tense, but noticed they were pretty bare bones. So — a perfect opportunity to spend 30 or 40 minutes thinking about how to describe things like frogs, castles, magic carpets, witches and princesses. I told them what I wanted them to do (write a sentence or two describing every character, location, and important object), and told them I wanted their stories updated as new posts on the blog by Friday. I was amazed at the smiles that appeared as they caught on to my instructions: goshdarnit they are enJOYing this almost as much as I am!
I handed-out the dominoes again, spent the rest of the session bouncing between groups (scaffolding, eliciting, pointing, peer-referencing but rarely answering) as my name was called, maximizing L2, and staying out of the way. The pics below are of all 4 groups’ technologies in play: Everyone was engaged with phones and laptops (working a variety of dictionaries, blog posts, and Twitter feeds, paper, pens, sketch pads, and the dominoes.