chapter  16
A Personal View
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On perusing recent issues of language journals, one cannot help but be struck by the fact that a growing number of articles are devoted to language skill loss and learner anxiety in the classroom. While most current communication-based methods attempt to deal with the problem of learner anxiety by creating a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere in the classroom as well as positive interaction between instructor and students, it would appear that not all deal as effectively as they might with the very real problem of language skill loss and/or fossilization of language use. In the opinion of this writer, the original version of Suggestopedia (largely elaborated by Aleko Novakov at the Institute of Suggestology in the late 1960s and early 1970s and still used in the former Soviet Union) contains many elements which promote not only relaxation and relief from stress but also concentration on, and memorization of correct language forms. (Without factual knowledge, it is really not possible to express oneself to any great extent in the foreign [or second] language).