Using the GATTEGNO
It is available for American English, British English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Japanese.
Experiments conducted over 35 years led to the development of materials and techniques which made it possible for the teacher to say less and less, while students, using thier own criteria, were saying more and more. The teacher of foreign languages deliberately saying less is radical. However, because of this feature it was decided to call it The Silent Way.Why does The Silent Way work?
The Silent Way is concerned with the challenges found in language learning situations, and offers ways of meeting the challenges easily and successfully. The approach succeeds in enhancing learning because it is firmly based upon The Subordination of Teaching to Learning – an axiom Caleb Gattegno, the originator of the approach, formulated as a result of his careful study of human learning.Linguistic Situations as the Context for Presenting a Challenge
Central to the Silent Way approach are the use of what we call “linguistic situations.” Teachers prepare and present specific situations, which are easily perceptible, and understood. The challenge for students is to discover how to use the “new” language within these situations. This is similar to how babies learn their first language. Babies are immersed in linguistic situations. They perceive and deduce the specific elements of the language that are present in these situations. Then they test, experiment, observe, try, etc. to confirm their understanding and develop their language skills. Success requires that they stay in close contact with the reality of the linguistic situation, and this is exactly what they do.
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