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Silent language in the classroom by Charles M. Galloway

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Published by Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation in Bloomington, Ind .
Written in English


  • Interaction analysis in education.,
  • Body language.,
  • Teacher-student relationships.

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Edition Notes

Statementby Charles Galloway.
SeriesFastback ; 86, Fastback ;, 86.
LC ClassificationsLB1033 .G27
The Physical Object
Pagination33 p. ;
Number of Pages33
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL4891571M
ISBN 100873670868
LC Control Number76023912

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About The Silent Language In the everyday, but unspoken give-and-take of human relationships, the “silent language” plays a vitally important role. Here, a leading American anthropologist has analyzed the many qays in which people “talk” to one another without the use of words. This book investigates the perplexing but intriguing phenomenon of classroom silence and draws on ideas from psychology, sociolinguistics and anthropology to offer a unique insight into the reasons why some learners are either unable or unwilling to speak in a foreign language. The Silent Language is short enough to be easily read. However, for the sake of brevity, it sacrifices a more systemic or detailed analysis. As such, the author resorts to a limited amount of anecdotal information to support his framework. Anecdotal information is useful, but some more statistical analysis might be worthwhile/5(66). Hall's, Silent Language, reveals how one's culture produces unconscious behaviors that allow others to read messages that are being sent unknowingly: the "Silent Language." The book was meant for lay readers and for professionals in the fields of anthropology and linguistics/5(66).

The length of the silent period can vary greatly for students in classrooms from a few days to a year, simply because their experience with language, their personality, and their emotions around learning a new language can vary so greatly.   As a result, they offer intensely ‘filmic’ experiences, using images and movement, sequence and duration, sound and music to tell their stories. These silent films are perfect for the language classroom as they can be used with any level – the teacher just needs to adapt the difficulty of the task to match the level of the students.   The students who talk the most are often the ones learning the most, says Cossondra George, but it can be hard to get everyone to speak up. Here . High school English teacher Steve Gardiner adds other strong arguments in his new book, Building Student Literacy Through Sustained Silent Reading. A year classroom veteran, Gardiner asserts, "Giving them time to read is clearly the most important thing I do with my students.

This he calls the silent period. Students seem to need the silent period to internalize the information properly. When this period is broken, students are likely to develop a negative attitude towards learning the new language. One of the problems most language-teaching institutions face is the fact that the length of the silent period varies. The Silent Way is the name of a method of language teaching devised by Caleb Gattegno. It is based on the premise that the teacher should be silent as much as possible in the classroom but the learner should be encouraged to produce as much language as possible.   The new appendix of this book includes short contributions by some of those who have used The Silent Way in classrooms. These contributions were . Nearly every classroom provides some time during the instructional day for this independent silent reading. Despite its widespread use in classrooms, silent reading hasn't enjoyed much support in the research literature.