After being put on to the imitative of the round via twitter and seeing the striking similarities between what they were seeking to do and Seth Godin’s Domino project I got very excited yesterday to see the first title 52: a year of subversive activity for the ELT classroomwith the tag-line of being subversive activities for a whole year (if you use one a week).
As I’ve mentioned before I had a HP touchpad
and I am definitely a fan of the kindle app [though as always a few little tweeks would make it better, especially seeing as the Apple and Android ones have been updated where as us lonely WebOS users have to keep waiting ) and so downloaded it straight to my touchpad.
The speed of the service is a great plus considering I had to wait almost 8 months, after initially hearing about the book ,to grab a copy of Teaching Unplugged as it wasn't available in kindle formate, Amazon wouldn't ship to the Ukraine and no shops here had it in stock.
The overall design of the book is very professional and well designed. It hasn't been put together as a glorified word document for more money. Instead it is a professionally laid out ebook which has been edited and designed well and works in both horizontal and vertical positions. [I am tempted to play find the grammar/spelling mistake, if simply for the fact that the round's head honchos are English Language teachers].
The overall style of the activities are minimalist
[surprise surprise seeing as one of the editors in chief is a dogmetician or dogcat
as I here they prefer to be addressed now] and on the discussion around a topic, quote/quotes/image or other form of input. It is however not just a book of in class recipes.
The first activity sets the book apart encouraging teachers to leave notes or signs around the school with various quotes and to discuss them. Taking learning out of the classroom. Then there are also some prompts for teacher reflection [although there is the suggestion to open them up to the students]
Although it is an ebook and thus the images can’t easily be printed (unless someone knows how to print from kindle format?!?) all the images are source referenced and so could be found online and then printed off for students.
Overall the book is a very interesting book which pokes the box of some big issues and as the authors hope, it isn’t just about teaching English as a foreign language but raises questions of social policy, politics, consumerism, materialism, 9-5ism, charity, businesses and more.
I’ll report back more when I have actually tried some of the activities in class.