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Who ordered the McNuggets?

Who ordered the McNuggets? | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it
The first of a two-part series, by Scott Thornbury
Learning linguistic items is not a linear process - learners do not master one item and then move on to another. In fact, the learning curve for ...

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adaptive learning - just an extension of the commodification started by coursebook syllabuses? 

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Interesting article, fundamentally about syllabus design.

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Who ordered the McNuggets?

Who ordered the McNuggets? | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it
The first of a two-part series, by Scott Thornbury
Learning linguistic items is not a linear process - learners do not master one item and then move on to another. In fact, the learning curve for ...

Via Nik Peachey
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adaptive learning - just an extension of the commodification started by coursebook syllabuses? 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 14, 2014 2:58 AM

Interesting article, fundamentally about syllabus design.

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Brainshark presentation of my IATEFL13 talk: Of course! Using a coursebook AND dealing with emergent language

Brainshark presentation of my IATEFL13 talk: Of course! Using a coursebook AND dealing with emergent language | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it
  Recently there has been a focus on dealing with ‘emergent language’, rather than following a syllabus. But does this mean that coursebooks are irrelevant? Surely coursebooks are ultimately a...
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a recording of Rachael Roberts' session at IATEFL 2013

 

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The decline and fall of coursebooks? | Liverpool Online

The decline and fall of coursebooks? | Liverpool Online | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it

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Simon Greenall talking about coursebooks (and possible future directions) at IATEFL 2013 in Liverpool 

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Presenter: Simon Greenall

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Of course! Using a coursebook AND dealing with emergent language.

Of course! Using a coursebook AND dealing with emergent language. | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it
Recently there has been a focus on dealing with 'emergent language', rather than following a syllabus. But does this mean that coursebooks are irrelevant? Surely coursebooks are ultimately a collec...
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a teaser for Rachael Roberts' session at IATEFL 2013

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Hugh Dellar on Dogme with coursebooks | Hancock McDonald ELT

Hugh Dellar on Dogme with coursebooks | Hancock McDonald ELT | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it
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Annie McDonald reviews a presentation by Hugh Dellar at TESOL Spain 2013 in Seville

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Is using a coursebook really a bad thing?

Is using a coursebook really a bad thing? | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it
In last Wednesday’s #eltchat one of the topics discussed was ‘Is using the coursebook a bad thing?’ A topic I was eager to discuss not just because I suggested it but because since becoming active ...
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#eltchat moderator, teacher, trainer and materials writer Shaun Wilden comments on the coursebook debate following an #eltchat session on using coursebooks

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A section of another coursebook-based lesson in some detail

A section of another coursebook-based lesson in some detail | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it
Given that last time I tried to do this, it seemed to take me an entire evening to write - and probably took you even longer to actually read through - I've decided that maybe the best way forward ...
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a close and personal look at using coursebooks in the classroom

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Roles of a course book

Roles of a course book | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it
There is a lot written about the role of the teacher in ELT and the role of the learner. We use words like ‘facilitator’ and ‘coach’ to describe the teacher, and ‘risk-taker’ and ‘co-worker’ are am...
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provider of materials ... backbone ... springboard?
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The Teach-Off - the premise

The Teach-Off - the premise | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it
Today is the day - the day of the teach-off. What teach-off, you ask? Following the much-talked and much-blogged about Dogme debate that ensued after the IH DOS conference in January, my DOS public...
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This is the first post in a series of posts about a dogme vs coursebook challenge undertaken by the blog writer Chia Suan Chong and a colleague at IH London in 2012.  The series as a whole raises a lot of interesting questions and issues. 

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C is for Coursebook (by Lindsay Clandfield)

C is for Coursebook (by Lindsay Clandfield) | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it
After six months'  blogging (28 posts, 870 comments) I thought it might be timely to hand over the reins  to someone else for a change. And who better than  my blogging 'mentor', the irrepressible ...
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a post from 2010 but still very current - as always on Scott Thornbury's A to Z -  the comments are well worth reading through for a snapshot of the debate at the time  

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Activities for giving your Coursebook the Coaching Twist | Learner ...

Activities for giving your Coursebook the Coaching Twist | Learner ... | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it
In the last post I argued that coursebooks may have something to offer independent learners and their language coaches (that's you). This runs counter to a common viewpoint in ELT that coursebooks stifle independent ...
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not completely on topic but an interesting angle anyway - using CBs to promote autonomy from Daniel Barber 

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John McDermott Neill's curator insight, May 25, 2013 1:55 PM

An interesting take on using a course book. I particularly like the idea of students deciding what sections to leave out.

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Catherine Walter on the #ELTJ Debate at #IATEFL Liverpool

Catherine Walter on the #ELTJ Debate at #IATEFL Liverpool | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it
The ELT Journal debate at IATEFL Liverpool was a lively and well-attended affair. Thanks to the British Council, you can see the whole event online on the IATEFL Liverpool website. Here, Catherine ...
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Catherine Walters offers a summary of the other side of the coursebook debate from IATEFL Liverpool 2013 - arguing that materials have improved greatly and do help support both learning and teaching 

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R is for Representation

R is for Representation | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it
In the debate sponsored by the ELT Journal at this week’s IATEFL Conference in Liverpool, I proposed the motion that published course materials do not reflect the lives nor the needs of the learner...
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and the debate continues ... as always the conversation in the comments as interesting as the post itself 

 

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Simon Greenall - How Textbooks work; from Dogme to Pragme

International House Directors of Studies Conference 2013. This talk will take a look at how textbooks are put together. It will also look at the textbook's r...
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Summary of #ELT Chat Discussion on "How to avoid death by course book: suggestions and advice for teachers stuck in a very regimented teaching situation."

Summary of #ELT Chat Discussion on "How to avoid death by course book: suggestions and advice for teachers stuck in a very regimented teaching situation." | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it
Course books. Manna from Heaven or spawn of the Devil? Well, during the #eltchat discussion at 12.00pm on Wednesday 11 June 2011, we managed to firmly establish, via a "fast and furious" (as descri...
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a contribution to the debate on the pros and cons of coursebooks from #eltchat

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Dissing Dogme brief respite: The coursebook (writer) strikes back

Dissing Dogme brief respite: The coursebook (writer) strikes back | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it
Well, you've got Phil Wade to blame - or thank, I guess, depending on your point of view - for what follows. Phil has been a keen contributor to this blog so far and via Twitter suggested that I de...
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Hugh Dellar's response to Chia Suan Chong's dogme teach-off posts (also featured here) 

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A Dogme approach to coursebooks part one: Driven by conversation 1

A Dogme approach to coursebooks part one: Driven by conversation 1 | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it
Now the series of posts I want to move on to next may well come as a bit of a surprise to many of you out there, given the fact that I devoted a significant amount of my early energies on this blog...
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Hugh Dellar, co-author of the Innovations and Outcomes series for Cengage talking about using coursebooks in the classroom. Articulate and thought-provoking as always. 

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What mutilating an ELT course book can teach a writer

What mutilating an ELT course book can teach a writer | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it
Recently I observed a teacher in class who was going to be piloting some material I’d written. The lesson was fascinating. She’d copied and cut up parts of the workbook, written out sentences from ...
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Reflections on classroom use 

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No Dogma for EFL - away from a pedagogy of essential bareness

No Dogma for EFL - away from a pedagogy of essential bareness | ELT coursebook debate | Scoop.it
It’s ten years now, since Scott Thornbury wrote his brilliant, funny, and provocative ‘Dogma’ piece in IATEFL Issues, as it then was. And it WAS a brilliant piece, only one page long, capturing a l...
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another classic from the 2010 debate on coursebooks - you need a long cofffee break, or maybe even a whole Sunday morning, to get through the comments here which kept coming in months after the original post was published

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