ERIC Number: ED275179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Montessori Language Lessons: The Almost Silent Way.
Nichols, Ann Eljenholm
MinneTESOL Journal, v4 p7-22 Fall 1984
Montessori language lessons, which antedate Silent Way methodology by 50 years, offer a solution to some of the problems facing elementary school teachers of English as a second language (ESL). The limited amount of class time available with mixed-proficiency students is a particular problem. The basic principles of a Montessori lesson, the three-period presentation, isolation of difficulty, control of error, and relative silence of the teacher, enable the student to work independently yet purposefully. Sample ESL lessons based on Montessori principles are supplied, and a list of Montessori works is appended. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Montessori Method, Multilevel Classes (Second Language Instruction), Second Language Instruction, Teacher Behavior, Time Factors (Learning)
Minnesota Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, 116 Klaeber Court, 16th Avenue SE, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($5.00; entire issue only).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A