teaching unplugged – in brief

When conversation strikes back

Amazement and delight when Teaching Unplugged won an ELTon, especially as both the awards announced before our own started with ‘Teach …’, sending emotions at the Delta table soaring and plunging in swift order. Irony afterwards when Scott, Lindsay and myself went for what we hoped would be a celebratory drink in an adjacent bar; no sooner had we sat down than a sociable but very wired couple attached themselves to us. They were no more able to grasp the concept of ELT than they were the notion of someone coming from Canada, and patience wore thinner when they confused New Zealand with Australia. Thus were the authors of a book devoted to promoting conversation reduced to doing everything in their power to end one. Eventually we were forced to admit defeat and have the drink at home.


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