2013 • Interdisciplinary Topics, Centers and Institutes
Bilingual Guided Meditation Practice Program: Academic Stress Reduction and Foreign Language Learning Enhancement
Lead Presenter: Shanyu Kates
Bilingual Guided Meditation Practice Program: Academic Stress Reduction and Foreign Language Learning Enhancement Studies have shown that meditation practices have significant effects on reducing stress levels. However, there have been few studies that focus on how meditation practice might alleviate the stress levels for college students in learning a foreign language. If meditation practice may affect the stress levels in the course of foreign language acquisition, then more should be known about which meditation has the best approach to reach the goal. The purpose of this proposed study is to determine whether bilingual (Chinese and English) guided meditation practice could reduce the stress levels for college students in mastering a foreign language with self-report measures. In addition, if such effects were found, the study would seek to determine whether this type of meditation could enhance studentsÍ foreign language learning ability. In order to verify this possibility, the three essences of the Super Learning method originally devised by Bulgarian psychotherapist Georgi Lozanov to accelerate foreign language learning, namely music, relaxation, and suggestion could be integrated into the bilingual (Chinese and English) guided meditation practice group for both American students who are studying Chinese at Northeastern University and international students who are learning English at NEU, with supplemental aid during the course of meditation practice, such as relaxing background music and positive suggestions provided under the state of deep relaxation. Pre- and post-testing will be examined and analyzed to investigate any significant variance between an experimental group and a control group.