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DeSuggestopedia.

WAran Jones runs the SaysomethinWelsh website. He uhas no teaching qualifications. He appears to believe he can Say-anything-he-likes.

      He is charging for his service.

      Aran Jones promised the population of Isle of Man that he learnt Manx in a day, in 8 hours, from scratch to basic conversational level using his website lessons. Hieni Gruffud a respect Welsh tutor and text book writer claims it takes 1,500 hours to reach a basic conversational fluency in Welsh.

      Aran claimed that he was experimenting whether drinking Manx Vodka could aid his learning. He claims that learners can become able to speak anyone they like in Welsh in a couple of months. Colin Miles an honest chemist who has learnt Welsh claims it is virtually impossible for adult to learn to speak proper Welsh.

        SSIW made an allegation to the police in 2016 that Howard was harrassing him for critricising his methods. They claim to contact a community Mental Health team about his conduct. Aran Jones appears to have no respect for the law.

defies credibility that it appears a professor has given Aran Jones a testimonial. The professor does advise him that his methods 'fly in the face of accepted theory and method, but she claims that they work.
       How Aran Jones can work out how his claimed miracle methods of language learning work when all he is doing is providing learners with arbitrary phrases to memorise on a website, is a complete mystery. It would be impossible for him to engage with all his claimed learners face to face, especially those across the world.
       Aran Jones appears to have deceived politicians and a range of other respected institutions including Venture Vannin Isle of Man through misrepresenting the quality of his service and the integrity of his lessons.
        Dr Margaret Newcombe (2009) Cardiff School of Welsh (2019) states that:-

  “Heini Gruffed is surely right in stressing that it is not attendance on courses of two or three hundred hours that produces fluency. This is the foundation on which learners must build. According to Heini, attendance on courses or exposure to the language for about one thousand five hundred hours is what produces confident speakers.”

Hieni Gruffud unlike Aran Jones is a respected Welsh language course book author and writer of dictionaries. Aran Jones appears to believe he knows more about Welsh language learning than Cardiff School of Welsh and Gareth King, who is a Cambridge University graduate, who is an authority on languages, despite the fact that Aran has no teaching qualifications.

     Aran Jones has been very personally abusive about professional teachers on his website forums (2013). He appears to be under the delusion he knows how to teach. There is reference of him offering his service to children.

     Read on for more information.

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Aran Jones uses every opportunity to aggressively market his methods. Below he is with his son giving nightly Covid Welsh lessons. He is offering free lessons so he can encourage learners to use the charged lessons, the phrases he provides them with.
       He admits it cost him virtually nothing to create.
       Aran Jones castigates all proven language learning methods, those who criticised his Kindle book stated this, but he claims those who pay listen to his phrases can become confident fluent Welsh speakers in extraordinary short time scales.
       Ruth Jones was recently on the B.B.C "One Show" referring to his methods. She claimed all learners need to do was listen to the Welsh language and read subtitles.
     Aran Jones appears to be the only person planet earth who believes this is possible. It appears he now has an S4C series giving his so called lessons.

Here is Link to his Bedtime 'Covid) Lessons (Click)

          All Aran Jones is doing is providing arbitrary phrases for learners to memorise. He refers to his methods are the fast memorisation method. It is a slow impoverished, inefficient way of learning anything. It is his 'cut out the complicated stuff' method of learning.

     There is no structure or thinking applied to his methods apart from his marketing and the support he recruits.

 


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Here is Link to his Bedtime 'Covid) Lessons (Click)

          All Aran Jones is doing is providing arbitrary phrases for learners to memorise. He refers to his methods are the fast memorisation method. It is a slow impoverished, inefficient way of learning anything. It is his 'cut out the complicated stuff' method of learning.

     There is no structure or thinking applied to his methods apart from his marketing and the support he recruits.



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         Why deSuggestopedia is not proven teaching, learning method?

Wikipedia suggests that  de-Suggestopedia method:-


      “ 
Is a teaching method developed by the Bulgarian psychotherapist Georgi LozanovIt is used mostly to learn foreign languages. 


      The theory applied positive suggestion in teaching when it was developed in the 1970s. However, as the method improved, it has focused more on "desuggestive learning" and now is often called "desuggestopedia".

       
       Suggestopedia is a portmanteau of the words "suggestion" and "pedagogy".


         A common misconception is to link "suggestion" to "hypnosis". However, Lozanov intended it in the sense of offering or proposing, emphasising student choice.


          Physical surroundings and atmosphere in classroom are the vital factors to make sure that "the students feel comfortable and confident", and various techniques, including art and music, are used by the trained teachers.


           We are now in the 21st-century.  Cognitive science and educational research have advanced greatly since the 1970s.  The problem of learning new language is that language construction, speaking makes vast demands upon working memory. This creates apprehension when they attempt to speak a new language.


        Second languages resembles maths in that they are difficult for many difficult for many learners to learn. Cognitive research clearly and explicitly illustrates the music does not enhance learning. It cannot be disputed that learners need to be comfortable and confident, but is how it achieved that is of critical importance.

          

      Coleman and Klapper (2006) in their researched book on university second language practice, which has 21 academic contributors, refers to learners sitting in armchairs when learning to apply new language. It is the only reference in the literature.

       

  The most effective way of dissipating learning difficulty is presenting learning in a structured and manageable form apply proved methods. Coleman and Klapper refer to standard accepted second language proven practice. deSuggestopedia contradicts that research.

   
     Suggestopedia has been called a "pseudo-science".


       It depends, in a sense, on the trust that students develop towards the method. Lozanov never admitted that Suggestopedia can be compared to a placebo. He argues, however, that placebos are indeed effective.

      Another point of criticism is brought forward by Baur, who claims that the students only receive input by listening, reading and musical-emotional backing, while other important factors of language acquisition are being neglected.

       Furthermore, several other features of the method – like the 'nonconscious' acquisition of language, or bringing the learner into a childlike state – are questioned by critics.


      It also refers to the method “Covering a huge bulk of learning material”


          deSuggestopedia is a pseudoscience. N.L.P.  another. There is no scientific research evidence to support either method. It is cognitively impossible for new learners to learn languages non-consciously, especially in ealry language learning.

        Lazanov is described in the Ytube interview as a physician. He explains that the method applies listening to music and listening to teacher. He refers to creating a psychological state. He claims the brain become able to accept more information.


       Lazanov argues that conversational knowledge of German can be acquired in one month 24 days through applying four 45 minute periods and that 2,000 words together with the whole grammar can be learnt in that time.   


       He claims that all subjects can be taught in this way.

     
       What Lazanov claims is absolute fantasy. Prof Sarah Eaton Canada contends that she is never found a language a language genius. Research suggests that it takes around three years for learners to develop a fluent 500 word fluency in a new language (See below)


      The fact that he claims the method can be used in any subject shatters the credibility of his claims. He is clearly a crank. The Cockcroft Report took five years to research and compile in one the most researched subjects in the world. If his eccentric claims worked, then surely someone would have found it. 

     It is little wonder that someone on the podcast admitted that despite children she taught e
njoyed the method, that she was told in Malaysia she would be sacked if she continued to use the method. It is method of entertaining learners. It is not a teaching method. 

       The method appear to be used by tutors to throughout the world to entertain learners, because they do not have a clue how to teach new language.  

    The concept of real teaching was not developed until the 1980s. It is researched based and non-negotiable.

   

     The input view of learning refers to Stephen Krashen totally discredited input theory, which is based up the theory that learners will pick up language subconscious if tutors do not bother to teach it. Saville Troike a world Authority on language teaching and leaening referred to.

Krashrn view ppears consistent with Lazanov's delusions. There is now a mountain of cognitive research that contradicts his silly theories.


Learner are not advised to apply Laznov's methods to learn Welsh.


Principles about Second Language Learning


1. There are no gaps between words which is why new language learners find it difficult to identify individual words.


2. Words are stored in semantic memory. they cannot be learnt subconsciously in formative learning. There is no such thing as a subconscious memory store.

3. Children's language acquisition is biologically primary, which means that adults cannot learn like young children. Lazanov wanted to adults reduced to  a child-like state.

4. Young children are more conducive to learning a new language especially the language phonological and grammar. Unless adults learn new language phonology in childhood there is some language sounds they will never be able to produce.

5. Learners are not inanimate objects where words or chunks of language can be poured into the brain like petrol in a tank. What is referred to the feed the duck method of learning.

6. Facts like words and phrases are learnt through distributed practice. It a process like painting, where the paints needs to dry before what is being learnt is revisited.

6. 50% of facts, which words are, is lost within a hour of learning them.

7.   Learners can successfully learn a language through memorising phrases or stories. Learners need to engage in extensive construction to develop fluent language capability.

8. Research suggests it will take around three years of daily practice to bring a 500 fluent vocabulary into fluent usage.

9. Cramming will cause interference it will be like attempting to hold to many oranges in one's hands at at once. All will be lost.
 
10. There is no credence to the Mozart effect. Music does not enhance learning. It does not allow a vast amount of language to be learnt. Music and language both pass through the phonological loop of working memory.

Plenary

     Proven methods are derived from proven methods there are no 'miracle' methods of learning as Processor Sarah Eaton. Anyone practising 'unique' methods will not be applying proven methods. A vast amount of research has gone into education in the last two decades.

      There is no clear distinction between learning a new language than learning anything else. The aural aspects of language learning reflect musical learning. It is unclear why Lazanov wants adults to be reduced to a child like state.

      Children do not learn their native language sub-consciously. They are not tape recorders. They actively learn it naturally with parental support. 

      New language learning resembles learning maths, because learners need to develop new skills into fluency.


     Learners are advised to purchase the Open University "Success with Languages" Hurd and Murphy (2004). Academics language research is provided by Coleman and Klapper (2006). There are twenty-one second language authorities contributing to that book. Reference to deSuggestopedia as proven method is not referred to in these references.
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