“There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations.” (Mark Twain)
To my mind, the revolution that Jim Schrivener and Adrian Underhill are proposing for the ELT industry via their blog titled Demand High ELT is nothing new, and yet at the same time a well needed breath of fresh air. It’s not hard to see how their ideas draw inpiration from the theories of Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development.
Its been nearly ten years since I found out about this blog, and their approach (or meme, as they call it) stays with be every time I am in front of a class.
This article Jim and Adrian wrote for the Guardian in 2012 is a good place to start.