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Luke Meddings: unplugged subversion

Hi folks! It’s been an awful long time, hasn’t it? To break the “fast” is yet another familiar name on most of our list, Luke Meddings, co-author of the bible of Dogme, “Teaching Unplugged” (with Scott Thornbury) and the first offering from The Round, “52: a year of subversive activity for the ELT classroom” (with Lindsay Clandfield).

This interview’s actually been a long time coming, but not only just before IATEFL Glasgow that we managed to do it. I’ve enjoyed putting it together and I hope you all will like it, too. Stay till the end – there’s a little surprise!


Luke Meddings is a teacher, author and teacher trainer. In 2000 he co-founded the Dogme in ELT movement with Scott Thornbury, and their book Teaching Unplugged (Delta Publishing, 2009) won a British Council ELTon Award for Innovation in 2010. In 2011, together with Lindsay Clandfield, he started The Round, an e-publishing collective; their e-book 52: a year of subversive activity for the ELT classroom has just been published.

Luke’s “neglected” blog:

Luke’s Twitter handle: @LukeMeddings

Teaching Unplugged can be bought here or here.

52 can be bought here or here.

For the geeks:

I used:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS62
Quicktime Pro v7.7 (1680.34)
AVS Video Editor v5.2.0.169
Audacity 2.0.0
Acer Aspire 5742

Lindsay Clandfield

I’m sure the name Lindsay Clanfield rings a bell in most ears in the ELT profession, so I’d probably not need to say much by way of introduction. Lindsay has been very busy these last few years working on Macmillan’s Global coursebooks, and is now busy (even busier?) with promoting the finished product. Still, I managed to pin him down, with the aid of some other ELT muscles (there are quite a few martial art enthusiasts in our world, did you know that? They will feature in future interviews, I hope!), and Lindsay tells us what it’s like to be a touring ELT star, his current project, about dogme vs coursebooks, the future of coursebook writers, and much more!

Thanks for allowing me to steal a few minutes off your time; it’s been a real pleasure having you here! All yours, Lindsay!


Lindsay Clandfield is a teacher, trainer and international award-winning author of books for teachers and learners of English. Beginning his career on Onestopenglish and iT’s for Teachers magazine, Lindsay is the lead author of Global, the new critically acclaimed course for adults from Macmillan. He has also written material for other English course series, notably Straightforward (Macmillan) and New English File (OUP). Lindsay’s writing for teachers includes Dealing with Difficulties (co-written with Luke Prodromou) and Teaching Online (co-written with Nicky Hockly). Both are published by Delta Publishing, and Lindsay is the series editor of the Delta Development Books for Teachers Series.


Lindsay’s work has appeared in major ELT magazines and he wrote a column for the Guardian Weekly on topical lessons for teens. His awards include the Ben Warren International House Award and two Duke of Edinburgh Awards from the ESU.


Lindsay is also the creator of the blog project Six Things, a miscellany of ELT.


Links for more on Lindsay’s work: Lindsay’s old blog, now a museum blog the site for the course Global the site for Lindsay and Luke Meddings’ new web project the latest in the Delta Development series that Lindsay edits, a book on computer games and language learning



About the recording:


Lindsay recorded the interview on his new beloved toy, a Macbook Pro.