If IATEFL 2010 marked a tipping point for technology in the classroom, it also coincided with the 10th anniversary of dogme ELT – and featured a number of related talks, prompting Scott Thornbury to reflect that dogme is ‘self-propagating’.
I couldn’t see them all live, but thanks to Harrogate Online I was able to catch up with Chia Suan Chong’s excellent talk on Improvised Principled Eclecticism, in which she reported on a classroom-based dogme research project.
Sustainability is key to any serious teaching approach, so action research of this sort is important: dogme is only tangentially about magic moments, and much more to do with the extended interplay between conversation and a responsive focus on form.
As Chia acknowledged, maintaining this flow can be demanding. But as her learner feedback indicates, it can also make classes motivating and language memorable.