Introduction to Dialogue (Learning Dojo) modules

Implement the corresponding activities from our Essentials of Dialogue (EOD) in class or online with your students to introduce the basics of dialogue. Use these activities in parallel as students move through each of the online modules. The Essentials of Dialogue can be downloaded following this link.

Adventure Module Corresponding Activity from Essentials of Dialogue (EOD) Objective of the activity Page Number (Printed) Page Number (Online)
Module 1: What is Dialogue What Happens when we don't listen
To encourage students explore the significance of communication and, using this approach, it requires all students to engage with the question, develop a variety of responses and practise their speaking and listening skills. 10 12
Dialogue is/ is not (Main Activity) To encourage students to reflect more deeply upon what dialogue is (that it is a specific way of thinking about talking and it is not just a generic chatter) and it has particular rules and expectations, thus setting up baseline understanding for subsequent learning. 11 13-14 & 17
Dialogue Case Study: The Imam and the Pastor Students are able to explore the very positive impact of dialogue in making a positive difference in the world. Students consider an example of where dialogue has been used to help build peace 16 14 & 18
Module 2: The Five Core Skills What's My Dialogue Score? The dialogue score activity is particularly useful in two ways – firstly it encourages students to reflect upon the specific skills required for dialogue, and secondly it enables you to work with them to identify the areas that might require focused help in future sessions. 18 15&20
Sharing our ideas This activity enables everyone to take part equally, while ensuring that all students play a full part in both speaking and listening. 11 13
Asking Response Questions (Main Activity) This is one of the critical skills of dialogue, and may seem self-evident, yet it is something that many students will need to practise regularly before they become really good at it. This is a simple activity which enables them to practise this core skill. This is a very important skill for students in any dialogue videoconference and can make the difference between a disconnected series of questions and a proper dialogue 26 28 & 33-34
ASKeR ANALYSIS (Main Activity) To get students to reflect more deeply on the quality of their questions, and some of the baggage that they might be bringing to the process of asking questions 27 29
Module 3: Creating Community What does Respect Look like? (Main Activity) Students consider the nature of respect in practise through their own experience. The purpose of this activity is to consider a range of ideas around the nature of respect. 37 39 & 41-42
Our Rules for Dialogue To enable the teacher to build a safe space by achieving agreement around expectations of students’ behaviour during dialogue. 12&17 14-15 & 19
Offensive Or Ok? This is an activity designed to help students to realise that the way they say things, tone of voice and body language, may also be critical in creating an impression amongst listeners 25 & 29 27 & 31-32
Reflection Activities WWW/EBI: What Went Well? Even Better If... This is a very simple technique that can be used with a variety of strategies to enable students to reflect upon their own individual performance, and that of their classmates. 30&19 15-16 & 21
Keep it under your Hat
This activity is a light-hearted way to encourage students to remember the key skills which they have learned under the core skills and on the pathway 27&33 29 & 35