The concept of ‘demand high ELT’ was first introduced at IATEFL Glasgow in 2012 in a talk by Jim Scrivener, in which he told the story of the long conversations with Adrian Underhill and how they both felt that they needed to redefine or reshape their beliefs/ideas in terms of good ELT practice.
Here are his slides from that talk
Here you can watch a recent presentation by Jim Scrivener himself at the IH DOS conference in 2013
Here is also a link to an article in the Guardian Weekly in which they explain all
As expected when speakers/authors of their calibre come up with some new claim, there was a lot of interest in the whole notion/angle, and the talk has been repeated since several times at conferences around the world.
Jim Scrivener & Adrian Underhill also created a related blog – Demand High ELT in which they post news, observation tasks and slides or interview and posts.
An interesting post which went up recently looks at demand high ELT as a possible topic for a Module 2 Experimental Assignment – part of your PDA.
Here is the title with the link Doing Delta Module Two? Could Demand-High be your Alternative Practice?
#ELTchat discussion on this topic
Recently, on the 16th of January, I moderated an #ELTchat discussion on Twitter with the title
“How does Demand High Teaching differ from Dogme (if at all)”
The discussion was quite lively and joined even by Jim Scrivener himself – you can read the transcript of our conversation here and Carolyn Kerr’s great summary here
Everyone, including Mr Scrivener, was pretty thrilled with the attention to DHELT and Carolyn’s summary was also featured in the DHELT blog by the two authors.
An #ELTchat summary is, of course, always useful to read but, oftentimes, may also reflect the writer’s attitude, so it’s a good idea to have a look at the actual tweets
Enter Jeremy Harmer
Today Jeremy Harmer published a blog post which has had the blogosphere wondering if there will be a tiif or what….
Jeremy reports some research which found different parts of the brain active during pleasure reading and language work and started off a discussion which goes into Krashen and further questions a number of things, amongst which demand high ELT which he calls ‘somewhat ramshackle’ …. hmm
I am not sure the research Jeremy quotes has much to do with whether language analysis or conscious learning is more or less effective than pleasure reading; he seems to think it does prove something – but there your are, this is what the discussion is all about.
Comments have already been added by Scott Thornbury and others, and, soon, I expect, by Jim Scrivener who very humorously put out the following tweet
What do YOU think?
We can discuss Mr Harmer’s claim about this research in a different post/thread, but for now, I would like you to reflect on demand high ELT.
Do you think it a new approach?
Do you think it’s something worth considering?
Is it a new method?
Is it a new attitude?
Have you noticed any ‘demand low ELT’ in your locale?
Please add your comments below