ERIC Number: ED409740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Cultural Consciousness in a Language Class.
Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, v13 n1 p23-30 Spr 1997
Acknowledging that the Suggestopedia approach is not very popular, this paper focuses on the use of Suggestopedia's distinctive features to promote awareness of the linguistic and cultural features of the target culture in a language class. The role of the classroom environment in this approach is also examined. The context considered here is a heritage education class for adult first-generation Indian-Americans. The student population is described, and the choice of the Suggestopedia approach for this class is explained. Classroom procedures using the approach are described briefly. The significance of the seating arrangement, the role and conduct of the non-native teacher, rationale for selection of the syllabus, and selection of audiovisual materials are considered. It is concluded that when appropriately used, adapted to the learners' needs, and integrated with the curriculum, the Suggestopedia approach has significant potential for language teaching and learning. Some limitations of the approach, including limitations with young children and lack of communicative language use, are noted. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, Heritage Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Language Research, Media Selection, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Suggestopedia, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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