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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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Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de.

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Cover illustration: Blue Crytal © Sadik Hoffmann / www.sadik-art.com

Printed by CPI books GmbH, Leck.

ISBN 978-3-631-72225-1 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-631-72226-8 (E-PDF) E-ISBN 978-3-631-72227-5 (EPUB) E-ISBN 978-3-631-72228-2 (MOBI) DOI 10.3726/b11096

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