Our Teaching Methods

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. Even at the beginning levels, some of the teaching is in the target language, using pictures and spoken words to convey meaning and promote full sentence communication.  At the advanced levels, the lessons are almost totally in the target language.  The teacher/facilitator guides conversation and provides direct instruction on concepts.  S/he will check for understanding in the target language and will use English only when necessary to clarify any misunderstanding.

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.

What Our Students Are Saying

“Excellent in working with my girls. A fun experience for the kids while learning a new language.”

— Christianne C.

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