ERIC Number: ED219938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Tomatis Method and Suggestopedia: A Comparative Study.
Bancroft, W. Jane
Developed in Bulgaria in the 1960's by Dr. Georgi Lozanov, Suggestopedia is a unique system of foreign language teaching, combining yoga relaxation and verbal suggestion with the direct method. In the 1950's in France, Dr. Alfred Tomatis began his research into the ear and the voice and subsequently developed his own unique system for treating dyslexia and teaching foreign languages. Both Lozanov and Tomatis are medical doctors, therapists and researchers who have been influenced by yoga. Both emphasize the teacher's authority, the pact of confidence between teacher and student, and the role of the physical and social environment. Both stress the importance of intonation or tone of voice as well as rhythmic presentation of material. Both the Tomatis and Lozanov Methods favor the use of baroque or classical violin music and emphasize the training of the ear and the development of memory through listening and repetition. Comprising an active and a passive phase or session, both systems promote indirect attention to, and unconscious absorption of lesson materials while the students are in a relaxed state. The aim of both Suggestopedia and the Tomatis Method is to develop the whole personality of the individual in a pleasant learning environment. (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Suggestopedia; Tomatis Method
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the International Conference of the Society for Accelerative Learning and Teaching (7th, Colorado, April 30-May 2, 1982).