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Integration of the Self and Awareness (ISA) in Learning and Teaching

A case study of French adult students learning English the Silent Way

Patricia Benstein

The successful acquisition of a second or foreign language requires focus, motivation, and positive feedback. This case study of French adult students of English illustrates that Gattegno’s Silent Way is more than a teaching methodology. It is a science of education that integrates the self and awareness in the learning and teaching processes. This integration facilitates the personal evolution of Gattegno’s ‘pre-human’ to the ‘universal human’ who is permanently aware of his/her awareness. The resulting experience of ‘flow’ leads to a positive feedback loop that in turn contributes to the student’s enjoyment of acquiring a second language.

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13. The Silent Way and “Essence”

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The Silent Way was based on Gattegno’s concept of the self and of awareness. These two main distinguishing features of the Silent Way led to the basic premise of the Silent Way that learning requires becoming aware (Young, 1991).

Most recent developments in Object Relations Theory can provide a framework for the intentions and experiences of the Silent Way teachers. Gattegno’s definition of the Self that lies at the heart of the Silent Way teachers’ approach to teaching seems to correspond to Almaas’s definition of “Essence”:

Essence is not an object we find within ourselves; it is the true nature of who we are when we are relaxed and authentic, when we are not pretending to be one way or another, consciously or unconsciously. Essence is the truth of our very presence, the purity of our consciousness and awareness. It is what we are in our original and undefiled beingness, the ultimate core reality of our soul. (Almaas, 2002: 8).

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