What is suggestive medicine?
However, the acquisition or improvement of language skills remains a difficult task in one's own country. Weekly language courses in the Volkshochschule are often not effective enough and apart from job and everyday stress there is often a lack of discipline in order to achieve the set goals.
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 hypermnese ("super memory") in many yogis and fakirs. He was so keen that they were enormously mentally and physically relaxed.
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.
Originally Georgi Losanow was mainly concerned with improving learning processes in general. Nowadays, however, suggestive medicine is used mainly in language courses.
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
- One week of suggestopedia can achieve the same or even a higher effect than a week of "conventional" teaching
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
Suggestopaedists aim to reduce the learning disabilities of their students. These are learned autosuggestions, such as "Languages are not mine" or similar beliefs. In order to achieve a "de-suggestion", nine principles form the basis for the 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 using the suggestopedia method repeatedly ask: "Is this method scientifically proven?"
In the following article "Part 2: Suggestopedia in the Light of Science", we will therefore be dealing with this question in more detail.
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