|Participants||K-12 language teachers, college language teachers, tutors and all ESL teachers|
|Pre-course Assignment||Dartmouth will provide assignments no later than 2 weeks in advance. Assignments are readings, projects, or problem sets requiring approximately 2.5 hours of study time. Completion prior to the course is required|
|Certificate of Completion||Obtain a certificate of completion for the course from Dartmouth|
|Partial Scholarships Available||Contact Todd Wallis|
|Lodging||Special rates at these Accommodations.|
The Rassias Method (RM) includes some fifty dramatic techniques that work to banish the inhibitions that can retard the acquisition of foreign language. RM techniques hold students’ attention and foster spontaneous use of language. These workshops in the RM offer instructors an array of dynamic classroom activities that use movement, sound, rhythm and motion to help students learn. Workshop participants will enjoy a supportive, intensive, small group session environment as they practice applying the RM techniques to their current classroom materials. Originally developed during the advent of the Peace Corps, the techniques have been adopted by teachers worldwide.
Learn how to:
- Create the “illusion of spontaneity” for each individual class
- Communicate more effectively in face-to-face encounters
- Develop an environment that is stimulating, entertaining and fun
- Implement a holistic approach to learning a language
Since 1975, Dartmouth has held workshops for teachers and administrators from all over the United States and throughout the world. Participants use the various techniques over the course of three days in “hands-on” small group sessions. The workshops also provide a forum to discuss how to integrate these techniques into various curricula.
Who was John Rassias?
John Rassias (1925-2015), William R. Kenan Professor of French and Italian, developed this method for teaching language while training Peace Corps volunteers in the early 1960’s. He adapted it to teaching Dartmouth undergraduates in 1967. Since then, thousands of students have learned languages via the Rassias Method at Dartmouth and at many other schools, colleges and universities around the world. In 1978-79, Professor Rassias served on President Carter’s Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies, which sought to develop national policy guidelines for improving foreign language study in the United States. He received grants to further language instruction via the Rassias Method from such major corporations and foundations as the Dana Foundation, Exxon, The New York Times, and the Rockefeller Foundation.