Silent Way

A maverick but influential method of language teaching developed by Caleb Gattegno in the 60’s. Though not commonly used by most teachers, it’s impressive and thought-provoking as a counterpoint to more mainstream methods – and helps us think about ways that we can facilitate the development of language skills without explaining, but instead by modeling and eliciting.

We accidentally incorporated the Silent Way when we started requiring that aprendices do a silent class as a way to develop awareness about how much we often use our words to push a group, rather than using gesture and directing attention to create engagement.

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