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With authorisation from Educational Solutions Worldwide Inc., we have revised Gattegno's Silent Way charts for French and created two new sets of charts: Silent Way Alpha FLE for groups containing beginners in French who are non-readers in their own language, and Silent Way Plus for non-beginners and for those teachers who would like to use these charts in conjunction with another method. All sets use the same colour code.
Gattegno began developing the Silent Way in the 1950's as an approach for teaching languages in schools to beginners. Now, many teachers want to use his tools and techniques for students who are not beginners, and the Silent Way Plus charts address this need.
1) Classroom teaching
The charts are available in these sizes, suitable for classrooms with more or less wall space and classes with different numbers of students. In general, for the comfort of the students we recommend using the largest size of charts that you can fit onto the wall space available.
We would not recommend using the small set with more than 3 students, the medium set with more than 8 and the large set with more than 40.
The classroom charts are printed on a tough polyester canvas using matte inks, so they can be seen clearly even if hung where a poster would suffer from light reflection. They can be rolled for transport and storage. We normally print orders in a batch at the end of each month.
2) One-to-one teaching
The charts also exist as a smaller set for one-to-one teaching, printed on card, with each Word chart at A5 size.
When working with one (or at most two) students, the One-to-one charts should be positioned vertically (i.e. off the table top), and within the student's reach to be able to point on the charts comfortably. (Wall space for the charts can be supplemented by using an artist's easel and mounting the charts on foamboard, as seen in the picture at the bottom of this page.)
3) Individual study
For individual study, all sets are laid out on A4 cards, eight charts to a card.
The sets come with a full set of keys.
The charts are sent from the UK. Many countries charge duties on imports. These have to be paid by the purchaser on receipt of goods.
For Silent Way Alpha FLE and Silent Way charts, a "set" is made up of a Rectangle chart, 12 Word charts and the Silent Way Fidel.
For Silent Way Plus charts, a "set" is made up of a Rectangle chart, 8 Word charts and a Grammar chart, the SW+ Fidel and the SW+ Verb chart.
If you wish to buy an additional Fidel or a Verb chart as part of the same order, the prices are shown to the right.
Size of set
||Price||Price of additional Fidel||Price of Verb chart|
|Small||£115||+ £45||+ £45|
|Medium||£165||+ £60||+ £60|
|Large||£230||+ £80||+ £80|
Either of the Fidels or the Verb chart can also be purchased separately:
||Price of Fidel||Price of Verb chart|
The price for a set of charts is £80. An additional Fidel or a Verb chart cost an additional £25 each.
Individual sets are available for self study. A Silent Way Alpha FLE or Silent Way set contains 3 A4 cards in colour, a Silent Way Plus set contains 4 A4 cards. Each set also comes with 2 B&W keys.
The price for either set is £9/€10/$12.
Postage and packing for individual sets ranges from £5 to £15 depending on the destination. Please contact us to purchase.
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The French Silent Way Alpha FLE charts were designed in collaboration with trainers from Aster Formation in Lyons.
The French Silent Way and Silent Way Plus charts were designed in collaboration with Cédric Lefebvre, Véronique Léval and Ben Renggli.
Cuisenaire rods and Gattegno's wall pictures for the Silent Way can be purchased through The Cuisenaire Company.