"Brattleboro's Express Fluency offers new approach to learning languages."
August 18, 2016
BRATTLEBORO — Elissa McLean has heard the same sad story more times than she can count: Adults say to her, "I took (fill in the language) for years in high school/college, but I can't speak a word."
McLean, founder and owner of Express Fluency, a language school and teacher training center, intends to change that by offering a new kind of language class. The method she uses is based on TCI, Teaching with Comprehensible Input. (Listening and reading comprise input; speaking and writing are output.)
The usual approach in language classes has students memorizing vocabulary, grammar rules, and verb conjugations, she said. Those activities use a different part of the brain. The TCI approach seeks to duplicate the way people acquire their first language...."