Title

A profile of six accelerated learning language teachers of suggestopedia (ALTOS) at a selected language and cultural center

Date of Completion

January 1990

Keywords

Education, Language and Literature|Education, Bilingual and Multicultural|Language, Modern|Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Degree

Ph.D.

Abstract

This ethnographic study focuses on building a profile of six Accelerated Learning Language Teachers of Suggestopedia (ALTOS) at a selected Language and Cultural Center. This group of non-traditional Foreign Language Teachers has demonstrated success in attaining oral proficiency standards and goals. By profiling the six ALTOS, a composite model of proficiency-based, accelerated (neuro-tech), whole brain learning language teaching, as it applies to adult learners has been developed. In this manner, the researcher has endeavored to discover the contributing factors to the ALTOS's success.^ Language acquisition occurs when language is used for what it was designed for, communication. Frequently, students who have studied in more traditionally-based situations, have discovered, upon arriving in a foreign country where the language is spoken natively, that they were unable to speak the language and also they were unable to understand the language being spoken to them.^ Innovative methods are necessary to enable us to revitalize and refine our approach to language teaching. There is significant research evidence that points out that second language learners who wish to truly communicate must acquire this ability in much the same way that speakers acquire it in natural situations.^ In addition, over the last two decades, the neurosciences have enlightened us as to how the brain functions and these findings have been applied to the actual educational experience. It is now known that by utilizing methods that are brain-compatible vs. brain antagonistic, learning can be accelerated.^ The theoretical rationale for this study is based upon the work of Bulgarian psychotherapist, Georgi Lozanov, creator of Suggestopedia. Moreover, psychologists and theoreticians such as Robert Rosenthal (Pygmalion Effect) and Howard Gardner (Theory of Multiple Intelligences), as well as Stephen Krashen's Second Language Acquisition Theory, support this research model.^ One of the most significant findings of this study is that the six ALTOS do as the literature says they do. This has been confirmed through a triangulation of the data which utilized the interview, participant observation and document analysis. Also, the ALTO profile correlates very closely with the literature on excellence in teaching and what it suggests to be an excellent teacher. ^