The Silent Way, Suggestopaedia, TPR and other ‘designer’ methods: what are they and what can we learn from them?

Interesting summary for my trainees!


In the 70s there was a positive rash of so-called designer methods for learning language. The first part of our #ELTChat on 12th September 2012 at 12pm was mainly concerned with clarifying exactly what some of these methods involved. For the sake of clarity I have prepared a brief overview of what I understand about each method. There then follows a summary of the discussion and finally a set of links to articles and videos about these different methods.

Theory of learning Theory of language Teaching method
The Silent Way Learning is facilitated if the learner discovers or problem solves. Students work co-operatively and independently from teacher. Very structural- language is taught in ‘building blocks’..but syllabus is determined by what learners need to communicate. Teacher should be as silent as possible, modelling items just once. Language is learnt inductively
Total Physical Response (TPR) Learners will learn better if stress…

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Useful CPE sites (2013 exam)

Great collection of ideas for CPE teachers!

A Hive of Activities

wpid-img_20140516_122052.jpgThere’s not as much useful stuff out there for Proficiency, is there? A lot of what’s there relates to the old CPE exam, too. In this post, I’m listing websites which are useful both for teachers and students of CPE (2013). I’ll try to keep adding to this list, so if you have any recommendations of sites or blogs to add, please let me know!

The Cambridge English Teachers’ Resources page has a few activities which are useful for introducing students to the different activities.  There’s one sample Speaking exam video (Derk and Annick) with marks and commentary (not an activity, but useful to see what’s required).  There are quite a few teacher-made resources too. I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t tried any of them! You need a log-in to view and download resources. The handbook. David Petrie, the delightful teflgeek stickman, has several lesson ideas. This link will take you…

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