Our Philosophy

The proprietary methodology, developed by Nancy A Scarselletta, promotes language learning through the natural language center of the brain thus creating a different second language learning experience.

Here at The Language Learning Institute, we believe that language learning is a partnership between teacher and student. The teacher-facilitator both guides and provides direct instruction on concepts or to check for understanding when the use of the target language is not possible. Through this approach, students learn to self-correct in the language and learn to feel when something is not correctly stated. The teachers help students to see the linguistic patterns that exist in the language so that they can make confident and intelligent full-sentence patterns. Correcting is done through questioning and pauses so that the student has time to focus and self-correct based on what has been taught. While no grades are given, assessment happens at each class and is performance-based. Students are encouraged and guided to think in the language which aids in comprehension of the native speaker.

Progression through the units in our programs is a competency-based journey that allows students to focus on learning, integrating, and building the use of the language. The Language Learning Institute requires students to adhere to quality standards in the four language skills. Speaking and listening comprehension are emphasized with reading and writing used for reinforcement.

At The Language Learning Institute, technology is our friend and we leverage it in teaching, facilitating, and delivering our programs.

What Our Students Are Saying

“This is my first experience with The Language Learning Institute. I have always wanted to learn to speak the Italian language. My grandparents on both sides are from Italy and I wish that my parents spoke the language to us but they wanted to make sure English was spoken all the time. I have only good things to say about the Institute. The instructors are all very knowledgeable in the Italian language and of the country. As a beginner, they make me feel very comfortable learning this beautiful language. I have enjoyed all of my classes and look forward to future classes with the Institute.”

— Joanne M. Wagner (Schenectady, NY)

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