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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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16. Appendices

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The following section serves to introduce the reader to the appendices. This presentation intends to give the reader deeper insights into the research program and to illustrate the intensity of contact between the study teachers and students and the researcher. The presentation also offers the opportunity to make the data accessible and available for other researchers. Instead of introducing each appendix separately, they are here listed together for easy reference.

Appendix 1 offers a detailed timetable of the research activities in Besançon, France. It shows who the teachers and students were in each week and what I did every day to collect data.

Appendix 2 lists the audio and video cassettes that were taped in Besançon. This list is intended to help other researchers to find references to the date, the informant and the content of the tapes as they were collected in chronological order.

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