The methods present in this and the next chapters are illustrative of that which Celce-Murcia (1991) calls an affective-humanistic approach, an approach in which there is respect for student’s feelings. The originator of this method, Georgi Lozanov, believes as does Silent Way’s Caleb Gattegno, that language learning can occur at a much faster rate than ordinarily transpires. The reason for our inefficiency, Lozanov asserts, is that we set up psychological learning: We fear that we will be unable to perform, that we will be limited in our ability to learn, that we will fail. One result is that we do not use the full mental powers that we have.
The first thing we notice when we enter the classroom is how different this room is compared with all other classroom we have been in so far. Everything is bright and colorful. There are several posters on the walls. Most of them are travel posters with scenes from the United Kingdom; a few, however, contain grammatical information. The teacher greets the students in Arabic and explains that they are about to begin a new and exciting experience in language learning.
REVIEWING THE TECHNIQUES AND THE CLASSROOM SET UP
If you find Suggestopedia ‘s principles meaningful, you may want to try some of the following techniques or to alter your classroom environment. Even if they do not all appeal to you, there may be some elements you could usefully adapt to your own teaching style.