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What is Dogme Language Teaching?

Dogme Language Teaching is a language teaching method, which is also a broader movement. It eschews textbook learning and focuses on communicative learning, where conversations between the teacher and the learner are the primary mode of instruction. The Dogme Language Teaching method can be said to have been inspired by an article penned by Scott Thornbury, the language education author.

The Dogme Language Teaching method is also often referred to as Dogme ELT. By calling it Dogme ELT, we acknowledge the language teaching method’s origin in the English Language Teaching sector. Dogme Language Teaching method is said to have acquired its name from the Dogme Film 95 movement, which was spearheaded by filmmaker Lars Von Trier. However, the association between the two movements is not believed to be a close one. 
Dogme Language Teaching method has ten key principles of learning. These are – Interactivity, Engagement, Dialogic Processes, Scaffolded Conversations, Emergence, Affordances, Voice, Empowerment, Relevance, and Critical Use. 
The central precepts gained from summarizing the ten fundamental learning principles shared above are Conversation-driven teaching, Materials light approach, and Emergent language. Linguists note this manner of language teaching as a radical shifting away from the more institutionalized textbook learning model and an attempt to humanize the classroom.

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