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ERIC Number: ED108475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-May-10
Pages: 53
Abstractor: N/A
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The Lozanov Language Class.
Bancroft, W. Jane
In Sofia, Bulgaria, at the Institute of Suggestology headed by Dr. Georgi Lozanov, yoga relaxation has been combined with the Mauger oral method to produce a unique system of foreign language teaching: Suggestopedia. In a pleasant classroom, 12 students sit in specail chairs in front of a teacher individually trained in the foreign language and in "suggestion." Classes meet six days a week for four hours. Each of the three courses in a given foreign language lasts a month. During the initial course, students memorize some 2,000 word-groups and corresponding grammar. A class session consists of three parts: (1) conversational review of previous lessons; (2) presentation of new material in the form of "realistic" dialogues; (3) the seance or relaxation session during which the new material is reinforced by the following techniques: coordination of sound and image; various intonations in the repetition of a given phrase; a background of 18th century baroque music; the acting out of the text. The seance features a coordination of breathing rhythm, speaking rhythm, and music rhythm and produces both relaxation and concentration. It is claimed that suggestopedia speeds up the assimilation of the basic elements of a foreign language and eliminates the stress of an intensive course. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Bulgaria