Suggestopedia as an interesting method of teaching English
This article gives a brief description of the method which is called suggestopedia . It is a very interesting method thus some of its elements can be used in the process of teaching. This approach was created by a Bulgarian psychotherapist Georgi Lozanov who claimed that in proper conditions students can learn language using more of their so called ‘mental capacity’.
This method enables students to learn the language in the nice, calm environment in the classroom during the lessons. One of the main aims in this method is to make the classroom environment cosy for the learners. Hence it includes the comfortable chairs, dim lighting and special kind of music. To increase the stage of relaxation among students calm music (especially Baroque one) is played as the background to the lesson. Lozanov believed that this certain type of music helps to relax and to achieve better results in remembering target language together with new words and phrases.
The teacher is important in the classroom, in fact he is treated as the authority. His role is to encourage students to speak even with their mistakes. He may correct the errors but at the end of the certain task. He can’t disturb the students’ speech or disturb while they are speaking. It is also important to mention that homework is not very important unlike the other methods. In this approach it is present but students are only re-reading the dialogues from the given lesson or lessons.
Typical techniques in this method involve: creating the classroom which looks rather like the normal room in the house or using the visualisations in order to help the students to relax. Another one that some may find quite surprising is the approach in which students are to choose new identity or occupation (as in the role-plays) to ‘get inside’ the learning process. Even more interesting teaching technique is connected with peripheral way of learning new words. By this mean students learn rather ‘unconsciously’ or in other words –they are not aware of the teaching, for them it is more like a natural way.
To sum up, although suggestopedia may not provide a wide range of new vocabulary, it can be useful for the teachers. Using this approach or some elements they may show that learning/teaching can be conducted in a less stressful way. What is more, the students may feel that the right atmosphere during lectures is also important and increases the learning process.
References:Brown D. (2000) Principles of Language Learning and Teaching