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The Silent Way
Transcript of The Silent Way
"Tell me and I forget,
Teach me and I remember,
Involve me and I learn"
The silent way is a language teaching method
It was created by Caleb Gattegno in 1963
It is not a mainstream method of language acquisition
As of 2000, only a small number of teachers use it
How it Works
Teachers need to focus on how children learn, not on how to teach
This is a method of discovery learning
The Main goal is to help beginning-level students gain basic fluency in target language
Silence is used to help students correct their own errors
Teacher role: to use gesture and charts to facilitate learning
Student role: Be an active listener, use what they already know, and interact with each other
Effective in small groups
Builds Self esteem
Teacher should be as silent as possible, to encourage the student to provide as much language as possible
pronunciation is viewed as fundamental
Teachers use Cuisenaire rods and color association
Teachers says things only once and then students repeat until they say thing correctly
This method is used to teach color: ex. green rod, two green rods, three green rods
Also used to teach prepositions: ex. The blue rod is BETWEEN the yellow AND green rod
A Little Video
Critics believe language is separated from it's social context and taught through artificial things like color rods
only highly motivated learners are able to create real communication
There is a huge lack of communication from the teachers part