Darwin Horan - accelerated learning is natural learning
Since accelerated learning (A.L.) is natural learning, its roots go
far back into antiquity. (It has been practiced by every child ever
born.) But in terms of a modern movement to revolutionize
learning within structured education and training in Western
culture, it sprung from a number of influences during the last
half of the 20th Century.
The Lozanov Approach
In the 1970s, Lynn Schroeder and Sheila Ostrander published a
book called Superlearning that reported on the work of
Bulgarian psychiatrist Georgi Lozanov. It got the attention of
many educators and teachers searching for more effective
approaches to learning.
Lozanov found that by relaxing psychiatric patients with
Baroque music and giving them positive suggestions about their
healing, many made substantial progress. He had found a way,
he felt, to tap into something in the psyche deeper than rational
consciousness. (He called this "the hidden reserves of the
He felt that these methods could be applied to education as well.
Under sponsorship of the Bulgarian government he began doing
research into the effects of music and positive suggestion on
learning using foreign language as the subject matter. He found
that the combination of music, suggestions, and childlike play
allowed learners to learn significantly faster and more
effectively. Word of his discovery ignited the imaginations of language teachers and nonstandard educators everywhere.
the 1970's, Don Schuster, of Iowa State University, and
educators Ray Bordon and Charles Gritton, began applying
these methods to high school and university teaching with
positive results. In 1975 they and others established SALT (The
Society for Accelerative Learning and Teaching) and began
sponsoring international conferences that attracted college
professors, public school educators, and corporate trainers from
around the world. SALT is now in its 25th year. It has renamed
itself IAL (The International Alliance for Learning) and still
sponsors annual conferences in the United States for an
England has a similar group called S.E.A.L. (Society for
Effective Affective Learning), and practitions in Germany have
formed D.S.G.L. (The German Society for Suggestopedic
Teaching and Learning).
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