Demand High ELT Part 3

This is our third post in our series on Demand High ELT. We hope you are getting into this topic as much as we are. This week we delve even deeper.

A teacher stands at the front of a classroom. Students arrive steadily. Quick nods or a simple ‘Morning’ are exchanged. The teacher is getting himself in the zone. ‘How are you today?’ Game face on. ‘Great weather today, right?’ Fresh caffeine courses through his veins. ‘How was the homework from yesterday?’

The teacher goes through his game plan in the last few moments as the students settle for the start of class. 

Right. Today I am going to do this Demand High ELT thing. 

CLT obviously has some gaps in it. 

I need to try this new approach. 

I am sure a new approach is what my lessons need to get more from my students. 

‘Right, everyone. Let’s get started…’


Our teacher here seems to be going in the right direction. However, before you go into your classroom trying to embody the new generation on Demand High ELT practitioners, let’s consider one more post from Adrian Underhill and Jim Scrivener at the Demand High ELT blog.

Here are the take away points from their post that we think are important for understanding Demand High ELT:

  • Demand High ELT is not a method -it appears to be a layer you can add to any method
  • Demand High ELT offers ‘a small course correction’ to your current teaching approach – it does not assume that you are going in the wrong the direction though
  • Demand High ELT is a meme – it allows for practitioners to interpret it in their own way and for their own contexts
  • Demand High ELT is ‘a learnING centred view of teaching rather than a learnER centered one’ – this seems to allow for demand moments to be explored

Now we return to our teacher pumped, psyched and raring to unleash his teaching talents on his class. Is this teacher as prepared as he thinks he is? What should teachers consider before trying to apply Demand High ELT? What do they need to do before to prepare for making a shift to Demand High ELT?

Please leave your comments below and join us on March 7th for our chat with Jim Scrivener.

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