3 Ways To Introduce Dogme In The EFL Classroom
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Dogme is undoubtedly a very controversial teaching method, but it has gained a lot of support in recent years. It has its fair share of critics and it still manages to strike fear in many TEFL teachers’ hearts, but it has become a force to be reckoned with. Indeed, Dogme is a way of making your classrooms more learner-centred while simultaneously relaxing our grip on the coursebook, with the result that the language covered in our lessons is more relevant and level-appropriate, the content is more meaningful and personal and so the lessons are more memorable and effective.
Still not convinced?
Well, the good thing about any TEFL method is that you can take it with a pinch of salt and adapt it any way you choose. We understand you may be hesitant to implement a lesson which is 100% Dogme, so here are 3 activities you can use to incorporate the method without going so far as to burn your coursebook.
Sentence prompts are a great activity to have up your sleeve. It can be used for as long as you want and it is very handy to have if your planned activity doesn’t take as long as you had planned, or just for something different on a Friday afternoon.
Divide the class into small groups. Make sure these groups are sitting in a circle (without books) so as to encourage conversation. Hand out several sentence prompts to each student in the group. These you will have prepared beforehand and basically, they can be the beginning of any sentence.
For example: I think schools should…
My earliest memory is…
The more interesting the prompt, the better. Now, you leave the students to complete the prompts in whichever way they want. Maybe they will decide to take turns, one by one, or maybe they will nominate other people in the group to finish the sentence. It doesn’t matter how they do it. Encourage them to discuss the topics further if they want or ask more questions but if they are not interested, they can move on.
While this is happening, you are monitoring the conversations and noting any errors or good language. Once you feel they have spent enough time talking, use those points in delayed error correction.
This is useful at the beginning of a lesson or at the end. Start telling the class an anecdote but only tell them the first sentence.
For example: Yesterday when I was driving home I had an accident.
Give the students time to think of questions they want to ask you about the story. It’s better if they do this in groups so they can talk about the structure of the questions. Monitor and prompt them to correct the sentences if necessary. Let the students ask you their questions, answering as little as possible so as to prompt more questions.
Once your story has been told in its entirety, give the students time to think of the first sentence of their own anecdote. Give each student a chance to say their sentence and be asked questions. The second time the students should not need much time to construct the questions because they would just have done so and should find it easier the subsequent times.
Get the students to write down 5 questions on a piece of paper. These questions can be based on a topic (travel) or a language item (superlatives) or unrelated to anything. Try to avoid personal questions and instead aim for general opinion questions.
For example: What do you think is the most expensive city in the world?
Do you prefer to travel with your girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife or your friends?
Depending on the size of the class, students can mingle and ask each other questions, they can discuss the questions in buzz groups or this can be done as an open class discussion. For each question, encourage a discussion to follow.
At the end of the activity, board and examine relevant language.
So there you go: 3 Dogme activities you can use any time and any place in your lessons. As you will have noticed, no materials are needed and the stimuli for the activities come from the student themselves. As the teacher, you are responsible for ensuring the smooth implementation of the activity and the subsequent language focus.
Hopefully it doesn’t sound so daunting anymore! Give it a try and let us know how it goes!
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Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.