Professor Pioneered Language Teaching (‘The New York Times’)



John Rassias, the William R. Kenan Professor of French and Italian, Emeritus, who died Dec. 2 at age 90, used theatricality and his own “painful memories of the rote method” to develop his approach to teaching foreign languages, writes The New York Times.

“His language-teaching method was adopted by the Peace Corps and formalized, after he began teaching at Dartmouth in 1965, as the Dartmouth Intensive Language Model, which was used throughout the university,” writes the Times.

“In 1978, Professor Rassias was named to President Jimmy Carter’s Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies, which developed national policy guidelines for improving foreign-language study in the United States.”

Read the full story, published 11/5/15 by The New York Times.

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