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ERIC Number: ED377685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Suggestopedia and Artistry in the Foreign Language Classroom.
Bancroft, W. Jane
The first version of Suggestopedia, developed in the 1960s and early 1970s, is compared with the second version, developed in the mid-1970s at the same institute and favored over the first by director Georgi Lozanov. Focus is on differences in the versions, particularly integration of the arts into the second version. First, Lozanov's writings about the two versions are reviewed, and a number of contradictions and inconsistencies are highlighted. It is noted that yoga-related exercises are less evident in the second version, making it more traditional and therefore politically more acceptable. The second variant is similar to the first in its use of the six original principles: teacher authority and institutional prestige; infantilization of students; double-planeness of classroom and teacher; rhythm; intonation; and concert pseudo-passivity. It also retains the psychotherapeutic aspects of the original. It is different from the original in: (1) its increased emphasis on phonetics, grammar, reading, translation, and testing; (2) use of diverse art forms, including textbook design, songs, music, drawing, painting, use of art works, and dramatic activities; and (3) redesign of classroom activities. The goal is to involve as many of the arts as possible in a global approach to learning. Some problems are found in the second version's requirements of the teacher, choice of romantic music, and large vocabulary and grammar content. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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