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ERIC Number: ED379919
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
From Research and Relaxation to Combination and Creativity: American Versions of Suggestopedia.
Bancroft, W. Jane
In the early 1970s, American educators commenced experiments on Suggestopedia. Educational psychologists enlarged upon the relaxation and visualizations contained in the Bulgarian method and provided a solid, statistical basis to Suggestopedic research. Part I of this paper discusses the contribution of Donald Schuster, and his development of Suggestive-Accelerative Learning Techniques (SALT) ("research and relaxation"). In the later 1970s, Drs. Lozanov and Gateva visited the United States to present demonstrations of, and workshops on Suggestopedia. Innovative language teachers elaborated their own distinctive variants. "The ACT Approach," (Acquisition through Creative Teaching) by Dr. Lynn Dhority, demonstrates the possibilities for combining elements of different language-acquisition approaches and the creative side of Suggestopedic adaptations in the United States. Part II of this paper examines the ACT Approach and discusses the elements of Suggestopedia that the approach incorporates. Schuster's SALT (SALT variant of Suggestopedia), while emphasizing research statistics, does not neglect teacher and student creativity in the classroom; Dhority's ACT, which ostensibly favors subjective evaluations of the part of teacher and students, has produced research data to document methodological effectiveness. Both methods constitute very effective Americanized versions of Suggestopedia. (Contains 19 references.) (CK)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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