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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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Dedication

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This book is dedicated to my spiritual teachers, Mehmet Kahraman and Ibn ‘Arabi, both of whom trust in my intelligence of the second kind. The integration of the self and awareness, as expressed in Gattegno’s Silent Way, addresses and deepens this innate type of intelligence.

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