The Suggestopedia Method
Suggestopedia is a teaching method developed by the Bulgarian psychotherapist Georgi Lozanov. The method has been used in different fields of studies but mostly in the field of foreign language learning. Lozanov says that by using this method one can teach languages approximately three to five times as quickly as conventional methods. However, it is not limited to the learning of languages, but language learning was found to be a process in which one can easily measure how much and how fast something is learned. The theory applied positive suggestion in teaching when it was developed in the 1970s. However, as improved, it has focused more on “desuggestive learning” and now is often called “desuggestopedia.” Suggestopedia is used in six major foreign-language teaching methods known to language teaching experts (the oldest being the grammar translation method.) The name of Suggestopedia is from the words “suggestion” and “pedagogy. Many discussions and misunderstanding have caused this name because people connects the word "suggestion" to "hypnosis". There are many different definitions for the word "suggestion". When Dr. Lozanov chose this word, he was thinking about the English meaning: TO SUGGEST = TO OFFER, TO PROPOSE (BUT THE STUDENTS ARE FREE TO CHOOSE).
Lozanov's "Suggestopedia" is
Lozanov, once a hypnotist himself, now strongly opposes against use of hypnosis. He has realized the danger of hypnosis and being hypnotized (Lozanov 1978). In the process of refining his own Suggestopedia with Evelina Gateva, he has removed all elements that may induce "hypnotical states" of mind.Lozanov defines hypnotic situation as being taken one's freedom and creativity away by a hypnotic dictator. Every teaching method that uses "order", "guidance", "Monotonous intonation" and "monotonous rhythm" may cause hypnotic states. Not SuperlearningThe authors of "Superlearning" have never been trained by Lozanov. The book was...
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