Gattegno And The Silent Way

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Caleb Gattegno (1911–1988), one of the most prominent and productive educators of the twentieth century, is best known for his innovative approaches to teaching and learning foreign languages (The Silent Way). In 1972, Caleb Gattegno introduced The Silent Way, that is, a language teaching method whose basic concept is that the teacher should remain silent much of the time, thus its name while the students speak as much as possible. In the same way, Gattegno was under the impression that the teacher should focus on the way students learn more often rather than how to teach. In fact, he expressed support for language learning by problem-solving, creative, discovering activity and all that, which is directly opposed to drills such as seen in audiolingualism. He, on the other hand, contends that students could naturally earn a new language like a child, through perception, awareness, creativity, and other mental processes. Besides being critical of linguistic theory, he devoted his thinking to a pedagogical perspective called the subordination of teaching to learning in that learners' demands are placed at the center of teaching, so teaching is subordinate -or dependent- to learning. Gattegno holds that understanding the ''spirit'' of a language that…show more content…
Unless the students have become aware that there is something to be explored, all the information remain unfamiliar to them. Instead of giving their students the information directly, the teacher should help them to discover it and perform a conscious act to become aware of it. S/he gets them ready for learning by using, for example, rods (Cuisenaire rods) and the coded-coded pronunciation charts (called Fidel charts) varying in length with the aim of raising the learners' awareness of the language based on the premise that learning is facilitated by accompanying – mediating- physical objects. It's just a matter of trial and

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