>* What worked well for you this semester?I gave Advanced Writing juniors a homework exercise. Go to the campus
park, sit with their eyes closed for 5 minutes and write about what you
feel. (The excuse for this is Describing feelings).
One of 75 thought it a waste of time, most rediscovered something natural
they don't have time for and 1 or 2 waxed lyrical. It brings out the
passive emotional vocab they don't get to use in formal essay type
Next term I'll tell them to stand on a footbridge over a 10lane traffic
- Wasn't this part of someone's methodology: perhaps
Gaetano's Silent Way?
Gattengo's Silent Way
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_silent_way <-lots here
--- nevin@... wrote:
> I gave Advanced Writing juniors a homework exercise.
> Go to the campus
> park, sit with their eyes closed for 5 minutes and
> write about what you
> Next term I'll tell them to stand on a footbridge
> over a 10lane traffic
> congestion :-)
- These were excellent links. I liked the one from the Google search,
http://www.saudicaves.com/silentway/gattegno.htm, where John Pint finishes
with: "If I may add a personal note, teaching a language the Silent Way
feels very much like leading a team of investigators on a voyage of
discovery. Like detectives, the students pounce upon each piece of the
puzzle they find and as they put them all together, they become as confident
as their teacher in their mastery of the new language. In fact, it is not
unusual for both teacher and students to feel exhilarated after working for
six hours during an intensive course."
Since my proposed E:P:N format, using C-tests, has a similar
process and outcome, I, of course, think it was well stated. :-)
Btw, it is spelled Gattegno.
> Wasn't this part of someone's methodology: perhapsWho could resist the opportunity to say you're both wrong. He was
> Gaetano's Silent Way?
> Moderator's note:
> Gattengo's Silent Way
Caleb Gattegno. I haven't used the rods for ages but my cuisinaire
rods are there, packed in a drawer, ready to go if the silent way
I can't place Nevin's idea with Gattegno but it's a very humanist
approach and I did do something similar with Mario Rinvolucri back in the early 80's. I remember sitting in the garden of the New School in Bateman Street, Cambridge for one of his lunchtime seminars, worrying that I might nod off when I closed my eyes.
- Those interested in Mario Rivolucri's approach can
check out his online magazine, "Humanising Language
I think there's even a place to sign up for e-mail
notices when a new issue is posted.