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

“Planning a visit to Quebec province, I decided to attend a set of adult evening classes given by Nancy Scarselletta at a local high school. Her enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, the French language prompted me to sign up for further individual lessons. Over the last two years, I have come to appreciate Nancy’s vast experience –and infinite patience! — in teaching French with her unique emphasis on phonetics which she studied at the Sorbonne. In my opinion, French is not an easy language for English speakers given its unusual rules with multiple exceptions, potential liaisons, numerous irregular verbs, unfamiliar phonics, and plentiful idioms. I’ve appreciated Nancy’s approach and guidance throughout the course. And it’s been fun.”

— Richard Harlow

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