I just watched a 25 minute demo lesson of the "dogme" or "unplugged" approach by Luke Meddings, my first taste of this new movement in EFL circles. Leaving aside the irony of my access to this lesson (watching streaming video on an iPad from a link shared on Twitter), I am struck by
1. Similarities with 1980s Krashen-style communicative language teaching: a loose, topic-based lesson plan, little focus on form
2. The fact that an IWB in place of a paper flipboard would not have hurt: better visibility for learners, sharing of responses, copying/adapting repeated strings, and saving for review or future classes, a key element of the method
(More on that from Graham Stanley http://blog-efl.blogspot.com/2011/07/looking-back-on-2011dogme-elt.html and Meddings http://lukemeddings.posterous.com/passions-and-positions)
3. The suitability of the method for older, more proficient learners and experienced, highly proficient teachers with small class sizes
4. The technical challenges of making classroom recordings and editing such videos - it's hard to get good quality footage without disrupting classroom interaction, and editing out learner-learner interaction makes the lesson look more teacher-centred and teacher-led.
Via Shona Whyte