​History of Suggestopedia

Origin of suggestopedia

Suggestopedia is a teaching method, developed by the Bulgarian scholar Professor Georgi Lozanov – a physician, psychiatrist and brain physiologist.

The term was coined and published for the first time in Bulgarian in 1965 and in English in 1967. Suggestopedia was founded in the 70s by Professor Lozanov and it was acknowledged in the late 70s by an international group of UNESCO experts.

As a result of their observations of experimental lessons in 1978, the UNESCO experts came to the following conclusions:

  • Suggestopedia is a generally superior teaching method for many subjects and for many types of students, compared with traditional methods.

  • Standards should be set up for the training, certification and maintaining of standards of suggestopedic training.

  • Suggestopedic training of teachers of various competences should be started as soon as possible.

  • An International Association of Suggestology and Suggestopedia should be set up that is affiliated with UNESCO and should have the assistance and guidance of Dr. Lozanov (for training, research, coordination and publication of results).