Silent Way Method

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Language Teaching Methods Silent Way
In this video, the context is learning English as a second language (ESL). In an ESL situation, the learner is learning English within an English environment and needs to understand and speak English outside the classroom too. Until he learns enough English, he will find it very difficult to keep up with his work. He might even find it difficult to make friends.
In an ESL setting, the class is usually multilingual and living in the culture of the target language. In an ESL classroom, students are likely to have a higher intrinsic motivation because English is relevant to their daily lives. By being in the target language community, they have more opportunity to use English and see immediate results from
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Whether or not they want to assimilate, many of these students have a need to improve their English in order to function in an English-speaking country. The ESL context requires students to use only English when they are speaking to students who do not share their language. In fluency practice activities, the teacher can rest assured that the students will not resort to their native language. This classroom scenario also gives the teacher an opportunity to sometimes focus more intensively on accuracy in speaking because many of the students have ample opportunities for English fluency practice outside of the…show more content…
The Silent Way is as a teaching method for foreign languages in which the teachers are mostly silent and use charts as their main teaching tools. In this video, the teacher presents several techniques such as Fidel chart/word chart, floor plan, peer corrections, furnishing the room, writing, and feedback.
The teacher reviews some of the words the students will use that day by pointing to them on a “Fidel” (a color coded word chart on which each English sound is assigned a distinctive color). He focuses on the differences in pronunciation between thee and the. By beginning the lesson with the Fidel Chart, something with which the students are familiar, the teacher builds from the known to the unknown.
The teacher next constructs a floor plan with Cuisenaire rods. He elicits from the students the relevant vocabulary. He has the basic structure in mind, but he lets the students take responsibility for guiding the construction of the floor plan.
Here is the complete lesson plan of this method:
[Word Chart Work]
This is a warm up to help students’ concentration, and is a means of alerting their attention to details which will be focused on later. The teacher first reviews the word chart (which is not possible to reproduce in these materials). He focuses on distinctions in pronunciation (/th/ vs.
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