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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

Scott Thornbury on iTDi

In recent weeks, news of iTDi have been flying on the internet waves, but who or what is iTDi? We asked its Academic Director, Scott Thornbury, to explain.

In a nutshell, iTDi is an online course, written by a truly international group of currently active teachers, for teachers who wish to continue their personal development in the education profession. Their first courses will be launched shortly, and it certainly looks like it’s going to be an exciting project.

Be sure not to miss the boat – follow them on Twitter, and join the group in Facebook by ‘liking’ it.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Incidentally, you might like to check out the interview I did with Scott in June:

Buy Scott’s Teaching Unplugged on Amazon

Or buy from

Scott Thornbury

I’d like to thank Scott, from the bottom of my heart, for agreeing to be the “baptising priest”! I’m sure he’d appreciate more gratitude from you all, too, and, just as he says, curiosity and feedback motivate him immensely. I had loads of questions to ask Scott, but we didn’t want the video to go on for too long. So, perhaps if we can motivate him sufficiently, he’ll come back to grace our screens again…

Thanks for popping by.

Scott Thornbury’s bio:

I teach on an MA TESOL program for the New School, New York, and live in Spain. I am the author of a number of books on language and methodology, including How to Teach Grammar, How to Teach Vocabulary and How To Teach Speaking (Pearson), and Uncovering Grammar, Beyond the Sentence and An A-Z of ELT (all published by Macmillan). My latest book, Teaching Unplugged (Delta Publishing, co-written with Luke Meddings) won a British Council Innovations award in 2010. I am currently the series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Teachers.

My teacher training duties involve teaching courses in methodology and pedagogical grammar, both on-line and face-to-face, for the New School MA TESOL program. I also run workshops, and give talks and webinars, on a regular basis, and of a primarily practical nature, as well as moderating a very active blog for teachers (

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