The week of a traditional poll has passed and the results appeared to be quite predictable to me. Most of my readers believe that an ideal class is the one based on the topic from a coursebook and supported by additional materials, like communicative games, authentic videos or recordings. 57% are voting for this approach.
The second popular answer was “I prefer when materials come from different books”, which is curious, IMO. It implies that not all students or teachers believe that “homemade” additional materials, or video and listening patterns that do not come from coursebooks are unreliable. Or perhaps they are less preferable. 28% of the respondents chose this answer.
7% of those who cast their votes believe that using coursebooks is the only way to conduct a successful class. Whereas the same number of votes was given to the answer “Not sure”, which I assume is the sign of the first step to Dogme.
On the other hand, there was no one to vote for Dogme as such. 0% of respondents would say “No” to coursebooks. I guess, we are not ready yet to teaching unplugged. Me personally, I doubt that this approach leads to excellent results when the students are educated in non-English speaking countries. Well… prove me wrong!