Major change log for English Silent Way and PronSci charts

 

2011

Version 1 launched. Changes from Gattegno’s 1978 American English Silent Way set included:

  • Separate British and American English sets
  • New PronSci Word charts, designed for use with intermediate and advanced level students
  • Revised Silent Way Word charts (for beginner level students), increased in number from 12 to 14
  • Re-organised Rectangle charts, including the arrangement of both vowels and consonants based on their place and manner of articulation and the separation of reduced sounds from full vowels
  • New Fidels (Spelling charts), changed from column listings to blocks of spellings arranged to reflect the position of their corresponding rectangles
  • Reduced pronunciations of function words shown on the Word charts using dots below them 

Charts printed on Tyvek substrate with Gattegno’s Pinske font (as updated and digitised by Educational Solutions Inc.).

 

2012

Added Family Word chart.

 

2013

Version 2 launched:

  • Change of font for improved legibility
  • Added Colours & Mathematics Word chart to the PronSci set

Change from Tyvek to Polypropylene substrate.

 

2014

Change from Polypropylene to Synthetic Canvas substrate.

 

2017

Version 3 launched:

  • Reorganisation of the vowel section of the Rectangle chart to reflect patterning of tense (long) vowels with diphthongs, and to place lax (short) vowels directly above the consonants
  • Reorganised Spelling chart, reflecting changes to new Rectangle chart
  • Addition of dashed rectangles and black dot to unstressed section of the Rectangle chart, making it possible to show the pattern of stress and reduction of words and strings of words at the same time as showing their sounds