ESSENTIALS OF THE A.L. APPROACH
WHAT IS ACCELERATED LEARNING ?
an intensive way of educating children and
adults which enables material to be learnt in a
relatively short time, with a focus not on what
should be taught but how a person learns
”o A.L. is more of a learning philosophy or approach than a rigid set of tools and
methodologies. Hence, there are varied definitions of A.L. available in Literature.
o The commonality in the definitions include A.L.’s focus on brain research to understand
the learner, and on a logic-driven creative approach to drive learning results.
TRACING A.L.’S ORIGINS
o Earliest mentions of A.L. trace back to Bulgarian Psychiatrist Lozanov, who
in 1968, used Baroque music and positive suggestions to successfully
rehabilitate his psychiatric patients. He called this technique
suggestopedia. He believed he found a way to tap into something in the
psyche deeper than rational consciousness.
o Lozanov, sponsored by the Bulgarian government researched the effects
of music and positive suggestions in learning foreign languages and
found that learners learnt significantly faster with greater effectiveness.
In 1970s other educators applied this approach in high school and
university teaching with positive results.
o In 1980, Center for Accelerated Learning was founded that promotes
Accelerated learning for Corporate training.
A.L. KEY CONCEPTS
access to tools and
frameworks aimed at
A Learning program
design that allows the
learners to create
learning and not just
A Learning Support
practice and reinforce
Where the mind is
prepared to learn
Borrowing from the field of psychology and Behavioral
Economics, design of spaces and atmosphere that keeps
Associates open to learning
Where the brain
is at its best
Concepts from Neuroscience and Educational research,
that keep the brain active and most prepared to create
Research from Instructional Systems Design and Adult
Education, providing tools and frameworks that act as
catalysts to the accelerated learning experience
An Accelerated Learning environment or A.L.E is one not just designed to
facilitate A.L., it plays a crucial role in making the A.L. program effective,
because of the following characteristics
Learning Coaches or Guides observe learners as they try
creating the learning content, and provide just-in-time
feedback to keep the learner in track
A.L. programs provide opportunities to fail fast so
Associates learn faster, with the guidance of their coach
Learning coaches can help Associates observe patterns
in their self discovery to help them understand and
improve their learning methodologies
Guided discovery is that component differentiating accelerated learning
from a trial-and-error based self-learning. It promotes learning by doing
and expedites learning creation.
REINFORCEMENT & PRACTISE3
Labs that provide learners with the tools and simulated
real-time environment to apply and practice concepts
A.L. programs focus on collaboration, based on research
studies that suggest that learning happen best in a
collaborative and not a competitive atmosphere
A.L. programs incorporate set of scientifically tested
techniques that help reinforce concepts learnt
After learning, participants in an accelerated learning program will have
opportunities to practice that learning in real time scenarios, to further
clarify understanding and to reinforce what was learnt.
A.L. KEY CONCEPTS:SYNOPSIS
Where the mind is
prepared to learn
Where the brain is
at its best