July 12

The Silent Way – a rationale

I taught using the Silent Way for the first time yesterday – more on my preparation and reflections on that in the future.

It was actually an input session on the Cert TESOL course which we’re currently running – Phonology 2: Vowels Sounds.  Deciding to teach the session using the Silent Way was a process in itself as the initial spark came a few months ago when a friend gave me a link to a Spanish company who have recently created an innovative method of teaching using colour phonics.   I really liked this method of introducing vowel sounds by using a colour in which the vowel sound appears (e.g /e/ is red and /i:/ is green).  I set about changing some of the colours and preparing the materials for the session.

To be honest, I can’t remember the exact point when I decided to teach it using the Silent Way, but I think it came about through reading more about the background behind colour phonics – it seemed that the phrase and the name Gattegno kept popping up around the place.

Anyway, more on the preparation for the course tomorrow.


Posted July 12, 2012 by Teresa Bestwick in category My thoughts

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