A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE VARADI METHOD
"It is not because things are difficult
that we do not dare,
it is because we do not dare
that they are difficult. "
This remark of Seneca is fundamental. Indeed, our ability to learn is much better than we think, and we can learn a foreign language in a few months in a trusting and exciting environment.
The Varadi method was developed by linguists, graduates of Sorbonne and the University of Geneva, as a result of a critical analysis of traditional and experimental techniques.
Highly specialized studies in the fields of linguistics, didactics and pedagogy have made it possible to deconstruct the numerous prejudices concerning the teaching of languages and to develop an approach of surprising effectiveness that places the pupil in the center of learning and allows him to feel confident in his forces already at the first lesson.
Our approach assumes active participation of the student during the lesson, which contributes to the rapid development of oral and written skills in a foreign language, at the same time, providing a spontaneous and profound knowledge of grammar.
One of the principal advantages of the Varadi method is the conspicuous saving of efforts for memorization, replaced by work on the organization of knowledge, indisputably more creative. Instead of focusing on the number of words learned by heart, we help our students discover and use many opportunities to combine elements that they already know.
Today, we know, in contrast to the widely held view that teaching languages to adults should not imitate the methods of teaching young children; some methods claim the ability to teach foreign languages to adults with ease and spontaneity, with which young children master their mother tongue. However, this training is less easy and quicker than we think: the child needs two years to master the basic skills of the language and, besides, at an absolutely elementary level. And do not forget that an adult who already owns at least one language has a fruitful training base that can be widely used.
Thus, our adult classes do not imitate the process of initiation into small children's conversational speech, but offer a natural context, situations and texts that correspond to the adults’ interests and needs in communication. We offer live, useful texts that stimulate the imagination and motivation of our adult students, necessary to overcome difficulties in the process of learning a new language.
"Around the language in 80 hours" is an innovative approach that supports motivation and increases the confidence of our students, which allows them to learn a foreign language for 80 lessons. Relying on effective pedagogical techniques of knowledge transfer, adapted to the needs of each student, all aspects of written and oral communication are presented in the functional manner, rather than in the traditional school environment, in the situation of lively communication between the student and the teacher.
If you are a beginner, then a program of 80 lessons will allow you to achieve a level of general autonomy that corresponds to the level of knowledge of the language between intermediate and advanced, depending on how much you can do independently in parallel with the lessons in the class, while the program of 15 – 20 lessons will allow you to reach the basic level of autonomy.
If you already have the knowledge of the language that you want to improve, then a program of 20 – 60 lessons, depending on your entry level, will allow you to achieve the desired level of language knowledge.
Your teacher will help you determine the number of lessons that you need to achieve your goal.