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Suggestopedia
Learning is a matter of attitude, not aptitude.
Georgi Lozanov
Suggestopedia is a teaching method which is based on a modern understanding of how the human brain works and how welearn most effectively. It was developed by the Bulgarian doctor and psychotherapist Georgi Lozanov (see right). The term 'Suggestopedia', derived from suggestion and pedagogy, is often used loosely torefer to similar accelerated learning approaches. However, Lozanov reserves the title strictly for his own method, and he has his own training and certification facilities. Suggestopedia was originallyapplied mainly in foreign language teaching, and it is often claimed that it can teach languages approximately three times as quickly as conventional methods. It is now applied in several otherfields, and its central ideas inspired the development of my own Brainware workshops. Another revolutionary language teacher who developed his own distinctive methods was the late Michel Thomas, hisnumerous famous clients including: Woody Allen, Bob Dylan and Eddie Izzard.
Key Elements of Suggestopedia
Some of the key elements of Suggestopedia include a rich sensory learning environment (pictures,colour, music, etc.), a positive expectation of success and the use of a varied range of methods: dramatised texts, music, active participation in songs and games, etc.
Suggestopedia adopts acarefully structured approach, using four main stages as follows:
* Presentation
A preparatory stage in which students are helped to relax and move into a positive frame of mind, with the feeling thatthe learning is going to be easy and fun.
* First Concert - "Active Concert"
This involves the active presentation of the material to be learnt. For example, in a foreign language course theremight be the dramatic reading of a piece of text, accompanied by classical music.
* Second Concert - "Passive Review"
The students are now invited to relax and listen to some Baroque music, with...
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