Dr. Lozanov considered suggestopedia as a science. However, Wikipedia writes that it is rather a pseudo-science. I leave the controversy aside for it is not conducive in better understanding the principles of suggestopedia.
In Lozanov’s view, the reason why we are ineffective learners is is because of psychological barriers to learning such as performance anxiety. This is why we do not use the full amount of mental power, and our hidden mental reserves remain untapped. In this sense, suggestopedia lowers the affective filter to help learners obtain a maximized input, and accordingly, the best achievable output.
of the National Council of Suggestopedia
Suggestopedia was developed in the 1970s by the Bulgarian psychiatrist Georgi Lozanov (1926-2012). It was from the start influenced by Carl Roger’s revolutionary approach to ‘whole person’ counseling and other humanistic approaches in dealing with the human potential. Put simply, language teaching is not considered just as a way of learning a foreign language, but holistically as helping students to develop themselves, increase their self-knowledge and become better persons.
Suggestopedia is scientific in that it’s based upon neuroscience and brain research. From the start, Dr. Lozanov believed that the ‘alpha state’ best suits the learning process. It’s a focused state with longer brain waves than the mentally active state of the rational mind. Lozanov’s early insight has been corroborated over and over in recent years through the insights about mental processes in lucid dreaming, during hypnosis, and the learning process. Today, we can say that his early research is fully backed up by modern science.