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The Rassias Center
Dartmouth College
6071 Blunt Suite 315
Hanover, NH 03755-3526 USA

Phone: (603) 646-2922
Fax: (603) 646-2240
Email: rassias.center@dartmouth.edu



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A Typical Day

"Prepare yourself to laugh, cry, dance, rant, sing, scream, learn, and be truly touched by an experience many describe as 'some of the most intense and rewarding days of their lives."

 

"Total immersion, all day, every day. Instructors are very well chosen for competence and personality. Changes of pace throughout the day kept us working and thinking all the time."

You start every morning in the vibrant classroom of one of our experienced and rigorously trained Master Teachers. In these three-a-day classes, you and your colleagues become the center of all activity. You will experience the structural, grammatical, and cultural elements of the language at a lightning pace in a system, which will constantly engage you both emotionally and intellectually.

"Our professor had a profound knowledge of linguistics, a brilliant command of the language, and the exuberant spirit of the people."

The pace speeds up yet another notch in the famous Rassias Method "drill classes." These five-a-day, small, intensive group reinforcement sessions will make you speak - and at ALPs speaking is the key to learning. Our assistant teachers will amaze you with their energy as you find yourself responding an average of 65 times per drill class. Through constant use, the day's lessons will become automatic.

"Drills demand every ounce of concentration and challenge you to continue to grow. I was so stimulated by what I was learning, I had to force myself to stop studying."


Daily Structure

The ALPs Program is comprised of rewarding, intense, memorable and exhausting days of language learning. Class schedules remain fixed although activities change daily to highlight different aspects of the culture.

"ALPs helped me break the barrier between understanding and speaking . . . I'd love to come back next year . . . this was fantastic.

You should plan to arrive between 1:00 and 2:00 pm on the first day. Following a brief orientation, you will go directly to your first class to begin your immersion experience, which will include an opening dinner with your classmates and teachers. The daily schedule for the remainder of the program is as follows:

7:00 - 7:45 Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 Master Class
9:10 - 10:00 Drill (small group session)
10:10 - 11:00 Drill (small group session)
11:10 - 12:00 Drill (small group session)
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Culture Class
2:00 - 3:00 Study time / tutoring
3:00 - 4:00 Master Class
4:10 - 5:00 Drill (small group session)
5:10 - 6:00 Drill (small group session)
6:10 - 7:00 Diagnostic Class
7:00 Dinner, Days 2 & 6*

 

*Dinner is included June 22, 23, and 27 in session one, and July 4, 5, and 9 in session two.

The program will conclude by 4:30 pm on the final day.

Last Updated: 2/3/17