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93Martin Peters is the owner of a language institute and suggestopedia expert. Martin Peters is the owner of Martin Peters Sprachentraining GmbH with over 25 years of experience in language course consulting, conventional language teaching and the superlearning / suggestopedia method. Peters wrote his thesis on this method at the University of Bonn. More information at All texts by Martin Peters.

Learning Languages: How Does Suggestopedia Work?

With increasing globalization, foreign language skills are becoming indispensable when it comes to career advancement. In addition to the fact that you can beat some of your competitors out of the running with applications, everyday work and the Communication with business partners much easier.

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What is suggestive medicine?

However, acquiring or improving language skills remains a difficult undertaking in one's own country. Weekly languageCourses in adult education centers are often not effective enough and, in addition to job and everyday stress, there is often a lack of the necessary discipline to deal with the given objectives to achieve.

A solution approach for this problem is provided by the suggestive method. The basis for this learning method was developed by the Bulgarian pedagogue and psychologist Georgi Losanov.

The Super Memory

On his numerous travels through Asia he encountered the phenomenon of hypermnesia (“super memory”) in many yogies and fakirs. He noticed that they were tremendously relaxed, both mentally and physically.

Losanov therefore concluded that there must be a connection here. Back in his home country, he founded the first institute for suggestopaedics in Sofia in the 60ger years. In the course of time, his methods were strongly influenced by other scientists such as Freud, Adler, Pavlov and Jung.

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Originally Georgi Losanow was mainly concerned with improving learning processes in general. Nowadays, however, suggestive medicine is used mainly in languageCourses.

How does suggestopedia work?

Through relaxation, you learn no language yet. For this reason, Suggestopedia reverts to another successful learning approach. It is well known that our brain consists of two halves, each performing different tasks.

The left side is mainly responsible for rational thinking, the solving of analytical problems and arithmetic. The right hemisphere is used for creative processes, artistic talent and imagination.

Non-verbal and emotional areas

Scientific studies have shown that learning processes are most successful when non-verbal and emotional areas are activated alongside the subconscious.

For this reason, both halves of the brain are equally claimed for courses with the suggestive method of learning. As a result, grammatical rules and new vocabulary are not recorded in isolation but are brought into context with the environment or already known situations.

Benefits of brain-learning

For this reason the classroom also differs significantly from other classrooms. Relaxed music, green plants, a cozy interior and pictures, which are connected with the contents of the course, ensure a relaxed living room atmosphere.

The brain-minded learning and the relaxing environment ultimately provide the following benefits:

  • Learned is more present and is automatically available when needed
  • Students find it much easier to record information
  • The learning process is accelerated by the factor 2,5 to 3,5
  • More lessons can be taken than usual
  • Participants are more relaxed after the language training than before
  • A week of suggestopedia can have the same or even a higher effect than a lesson lasting several weeks using the “conventional” teaching method

Therefore, we will now look more closely at the learning method and give an insight into the course of the lesson.

a look behind the scenes

The suggestopedia learning method promises quick results when it comes to learning new languages. And not only that, providers of this learning method assure that the learned knowledge is much more present and therefore much easier to retrieve.

Reasons enough to look behind the scenes of such a language course and find out what makes suggestopedia so special.

The basic pillars of suggestopedia

Suggestopists pursue the goal of reducing their students' inhibitions to learning. These are autosuggestions that have been learned, such as "I don't like languages" or similar beliefs. In order to achieve “de-suggestion”, nine principles form the basis for suggestopedic teaching:

  • Suggestopathic circulation
  • VAKOG principle
  • Play and fun
  • Activation of the participant
  • Use of music in lessons
  • Rhythmizing the lessons
  • Interesting room design
  • Self-responsibility and self-determination of the participants
  • Teacher's personality

Is suggestopedia scientific?

Despite the success, many trainers and teachers who use the suggestopedia method are repeatedly asked the following question: "Is this method scientifically proven?"

Hereinafter Items “Part 2: Suggestopedia in the light of science” we will therefore deal more closely with this question.

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4 responses to "Simply learn languages: how does suggestopedia work?"

  1. Erika Coppens says:

    Modern learning methods are really an exciting topic!

  2. Karina Bohnsack says:

    Really a fabulous contribution!

  3. Pink says:

    That's how languages ​​make sense, super-post!

  4. Evelyn says:

    New ways of learning languages ​​- a very exciting subject! Thank you for investing so much time in so many good posts on your blog.

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