Hypnolearning: Hypnosis in Foreign Language Learning

Hypnosis, by Powers (1961, p.5)1, is defined as "a state of heightened suggestibility in which the subject is able to uncritically accept ideas for self-improvement and act on them appropriately".

Hypnosis has long been applied in various kinds of disciplines, such as in psychology and in medical science. Especially in education, it seems that hypnosis is not that popular. This theme might be one of promising potentials to be investigated under research project.

There are abundant facts that hypnosis helps people in solving their problems. Hypnosis in foreign language learning is about learning target language under the domination of sub-conscious mind. It does not help learners in acquiring the language instead of providing the learners good condition to acquire their target language by eliminating negative beliefs towards the learners themselves and the target language itself. Hypnosis helps the learners in building self-esteem and self-concept. So that, learning can be taken place effectively.

Human mind is very complex. Blair (2004, p.3)2 describes the complexity of human mind as "Two minds in one". When negative beliefs still mentally prevent the students from learning, the learning points, of course, cannot be effectively acquired. A part of the learner says "I can do it" and another part says "I cannot do it". This is where hypnosis plays its role. When one is still dominated by belief that says "I am not talented language learner", then the target language will be so difficult to learn.

Teachers' Role

In order for foreign language learning take places effectively, the teacher should be more aware of his/her language use in classroom. The teacher is required to be more sensitive to students mood. This can be stressful for teacher but once the teacher knows how, everything will go naturally.


  1. ISBN: 0-87980-122-0 ↩︎

  2. ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-2959-6 ↩︎