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The Rassias Method®...

"One subject that I don't have to worry about, however, is French. Not to brag or anything, but I'm now one of the best in the class, thanks to Rassias. I can actually understand what my insane teacher is screaming, which is more than a lot of the kids in my class."

- Nell, Arles

The best way to learn a second language is to speak it and to live it; to involve both your intellect and your emotions. The Rassias Method®, created and developed in 1964 by Professor John Rassias of Dartmouth College, is characterized by energy, warmth and humanness. It is personal, dramatically involving students in all phases of learning. It inspires and excites students, and, in the process, frees them of fear and inhibition. Spontaneity sets the tone. Concentration breeds confidence. Successful small steps inside the classroom become long, sure strides outside the classroom.

This method has an internationally acclaimed track record. To protect its integrity, it can only be used if given legal permission by John Rassias and the Rassias Foundation. It is not a mass-market language method, but rather a rigorous, pedagogical method that has been refined over the years. It is a complete system of teaching, incorporating a wide variety of tried and true techniques, which incorporate choreographed drills by a highly trained staff to reinforce structural patterns. We go to the soul as well as the intellect of our students, using vibrant, contextually deep, interesting techniques that hold your interest and spark your brain. In a word, it works supremely well and it makes learning fun.

This intensive language study creates a positive environment conducive to speaking and thinking in French or Spanish. In our ‘classroom' the student is not an outside observer, but an active participant. Reflect on how a child first learns to speak English. it is this openness and playfulness that we strive to kindle in all our students. As the sights and the sounds, the people and the places become more real, more human, more accessible, the language barrier and linguistic inhibitions fall away, and fluency in French or Spanish becomes the norm.

Here are some more quotes from past summer students on the effectiveness our our teaching:

"My grade (Spanish) has gone from a C to a B+/A-!!"

- Kevin, Gijón

"Gavin's (French) verbal scores went up 60 to 70 points!

- Mother of Gavin, Arles

"The program met all of my goals. I had a fun time,stayed with a really nice family, and as a result of the trip, I have skipped a year of Spanish in school."

- Meredith, Gijón

To learn even more about The Rassias Method®, we invite you to visit the Rassias Center website or view a You Tube video of Prof. Rassias at: Rassias YouTube Video

Noteworthy News


Special Note: New for summer 2016: Advanced Spanish in Perú (11th, 12th, Gap, and college 1st year students). Call or email us for details, 1.603.643.3007 / info@rassias.com.


John Rassias, the William R. Kenan Professor of French and Italian, Emeritus, passed away on December 2, 2015. His name will be tied forever with the Rassias Method also called the Dartmouth Intensive Language Model, his unique style of instruction that aims to make the student quickly comfortable and natural in a new language...

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PO Box 5456
Hanover, NH 03755