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A Case for A Dogme "Lite" EFL Teaching Approach in Kurdistan

Nicholas Rion, Karwan Kakabra Kakamad and Abdulfatah Hasan Fatah

Information Management and Business Review, 2018, vol. 10, issue 1, 47-55

Abstract: This critical review looks at the present state of ESL/EFL activities in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, with particular attention to the English speaking abilities of students enrolled in English Medium Instruction (EMI) courses in the region's 13 universities, and calls for the consideration of "Dogme" types of communicative language curricula. The critique, based in large part of a recent survey by the British Council, clearly shows that most college freshmen entering EMI classrooms are not adequately prepared to meet the challenges and rigor of studying in the English language. As a consequence, the paper offers a background about the theories and ideas of an alternative communicative language pedagogy known as Dogme. The critique reviews the ideas of Dogme founder Scott Thornbury and provides both a rationale and four-point plan about how a "Dogme Lite" type of curriculum may be introduced into the present English language curriculums used in public schools in the region.

Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.22610/imbr.v10i1.2147.g1603

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