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Rods, People, More People and Stories

From the Introduction

"The four booklets that make up this document were the result of a collaboration at the CLA (Centre de Linguisitique Appliquée) of the Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France, where I worked as a Silent Way teacher of English for more than 30 years.

In 1965, Caleb Gattegno published A Thousand Sentences to give low-level students accessible reading materials which could also act as prompts for the students to describe their own lives. At the CLA, we needed something at an even more basic level. Once our students had a few hours of English, the first of the booklets was distributed to them to reassure them that they did not need to take notes during classes; they would have a permanent record of the kinds of things they were saying.

Four of my colleagues and I created the booklets by sitting in on one anothers’ classes to note down what was said. Thus we collected a variety of sentences actually used by beginners.

I now know that teachers learning to use this approach can benefit from studying these readers to find out what kinds of sentences can be made by students in a Silent Way classroom."

The booklet can be downloaded below.


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