ERIC Number: ED328057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Suggestopedia: Activating the Student's Reserve Capacities.
An article on the suggestopedic method for adult second language instruction describes the learning processes emphasized in the method and outlines the instructional processes used. The approach is based on the creation of a pleasant, relaxing, and stimulating environment where all information has positive emotional content, and uses subconscious programming of both student perceptions and course content. General and specific examples are given. The structure of a suggestopedic course for adults is described, including the physical environment of the classroom, scheduling of lessons and activities, student adoption of new identities for the duration of the course, the text and its distribution, and content of the dialogues. One dialogue is presented for illustration. Phases of student contact with the text are outlined, including: (1) the "activate concert" phase, during which the text is presented to the accompaniment of classical music, followed by a day of activities and games that emphasize communication; (2) the "passive concert," during which the student just listens as the teacher again reads the text to the accompaniment of classical recordings; and (3) the adaptation phase, with emphasis on aural comprehension, written comprehension, and written expression. The functions of testing and grammar are examined briefly, and the teacher's role is analyzed. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Processes, Curriculum Design, Foreign Countries, Grammar, Instructional Effectiveness, Language Attitudes, Language Teachers, Language Tests, Music, Postsecondary Education, Role Playing, Second Language Instruction, Student Attitudes, Suggestopedia, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Santa Cruz. Bilingual Research Group.; National Council of Suggestology, Paris (France).