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The F.A.S.T. method

We wanted to gather all the principles of Language and Motivation and make them visual. We were successful on that and this venn diagram encapsulates everything that the F.A.S.T. method stands for!

Let’s take it step by step.

F stands for Fundamentals based 

With the F.A.S.T. method you’ll focus on the fundamentals. Since you are learning the language because you have a specific need to cover, whether that need is of high importance or not, you’ll focus on setting good foundations and learning what’s necessary. You’ll begin learning the language with the basics, because these basics are what is important in the beginning. For example, in Dutch, when you wish to introduce yourself to someone and your name is Maria, you need to know the phrase, “Ik ben Maria”. That’s what we call basic. Learning the infinitive of the verb ‘to be’ is useful, but not more useful than the first person: Ik ben. Another example is to cultivate the ability to have a general, practical sense of what people are saying and, later on, to focus on understanding 100%, word for word, what those people said. 

This is how it’s done with other things in life as well. We always start with the more general knowledge of a subject before we go deeper into it. We later comprehend its intricacies and become specialists. Where is the meaning of knowing how to conjugate a verb and not knowing how to form a sentence that is relevant to you? Where is the essence of learning the exceptions of a rule if we can’t even use the rule itself?

A stands for Adult-specific:

The F.A.S.T. method is addressed to adults. Adults are usually readier to take on the responsibility of reaching their targets and of the amount of studying required. In contrast to a child or a teenager, who will need the supervision of a parent, adults can commit to these 3 to 6 hours of study time per week in order to learn a new language. They also have the life motivations to do so. 

The content of the educational material includes the current news and business subjects that our students are most interested in; activities that are relevant to our adult lives. As an adult, you already have an understanding of the learning process, something that a child has not yet mastered. This is the reason why you can learn faster as an adult than when you were a child.

S stands for Stimulating: 

Yes, our students are excited about the F.A.S.T. method!

Our teachers relish the fact that our students are genuinely interested in our materials, ask probing questions, are encouraged to share their experiences, and often want to study more. It’s also great for students to feel encouraged by their teachers and to strengthen the parts of the language that need attention. As a student you’ll feel  activated by a learning method that is different, far from boring, and happy that you have found what you’ve been looking for. We want to make our students feel unique and not transparent like you might feel in a class of many students and multiple mother tongues. 

Successful teachers must, as priority, help their students love what they learn. Rather than the lessons being tiring, they will become a fuel that will raise your energy levels and help your day run smoothly!. This is true for student and teacher. Our language center is not named Language and Motivation by accident!

We prove everyday, with all aspects of our work, that our approach encourages and strengthens our students. We’ve got that mental state, we’ve got the tools to do it and the only piece of the puzzle left is that characteristic of the student that will help them believe that they can do it. This is how everyday miracles happen!

T stands for Tailor made:

If you are a priest and you are willing, you can study the Testament with us in the language that you are learning. We have done it before! If you are the CEO of Coca-Cola, you can learn how to compose great speeches for your company’s AGM. We have done it before! If you are a member of the European Parliament, you can learn how to express yourself clearly on issues that concern you in the Parliament. We have done it before! If you are a psychoanalyst in a Greek university and want to attend lectures abroad and practice answering possible questions from the audience, you will practice exactly that, and nothing less. I’m sure you’ve guessed by now that we have done this, as well! These examples are just a few of the many particular needs of students that have completed one, to three, or even four semesters with Language and Motivation.

As a working adult, you might have a family and limited available time. What you need is to learn the language so it can be of service to you, focusing on your  main purpose first, and then all the rest later. The language is one, but the vocabulary that you use in everyday life for specific purposes is what needs to be considered the priority. This way the language lessons will satisfy your needs, fast! 

If we know your “why” and your target, we can guide you there, as long as we work together in harmony!

We’re certain that the F.A.S.T. method is the most innovative way to learn a foreign language, and that it’s here to stay. You can take advantage of it and we, all of the Language and Motivation teachers, are here to welcome you with a vibrant smile, and to help you on your way to learning a language in only a few months! 

If you keep going F.A.S.T. you won’t fall off.

Noam Chomsky

The F.A.S.T. method uses a set of practices that put the student in an active role and drive them to discover the language.


More specifically, a few characteristics of the method:

It borrows elements from the Flipped classroom teaching model in which the student is active, and the role of the teacher is limited to guidance, encouragement and assistance where appropriate.

As homework, the student works on articles and multimedia and carries out research. Then, during the lesson, the student summarizes orally and engages in discussions with the guidance of the teacher.

During each lesson, priority is given to oral production. The student would talk with the teacher for about an hour if they (properly) prepared the activities before the lesson. 

The student discovers the language, without being taught in detail everything related to it. They infer the grammar and syntax through the active learning.

Language Structure Acquisition begins from the very first lesson in which the student studies newspaper articles of a certain word-length. 

The vocabulary focuses on development of social, professional, and success competences. It serves the needs and goals of each student. Everyone speaks freely without limiting themselves to the vocabulary that a book dictates for each lesson.

Learning the correct pronunciation is achieved through tongue twisters in the second lesson and speech recognition technology.

Part of the educational material used instead of books is past exam papers. Through those papers, the student develops clear communication skills they will need in real life. 

Grammar is limited. We learn to ride a bike without knowing any of the mechanics or a child learns to speak their mother tongue before they even know any grammar rules. Just like that, we guide the student to learn properly while saving valuable time spent teaching traditional grammar. 

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  • Getting to know the Language and Motivation method has been a great surprise for me, as well as a challenge to try out a different way of teaching a foreign language. Sofia Karfi, thank you for this opportunity and for the excellent training in the method. I look forward to applying it.

    Anna X., Teacher Training
  • My participation in the training was a completely constructive experience, which opened new horizons to the adult education methodology that I had not even imagined existed!

    Kostas I., Teacher Training
  • "After 12 lesson I started talking the language. I could never believe that can happen. Mahdy is a great teacher, with passion for his work. I highly recommend this method!"

    Elina R., Assistant Scientist Drug Product Development at The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, student of Dutch
  • "I was a bit skeptical at first when I read about the practice-based teaching method, but learning Dutch this way has been amazing! The lessons are easy to follow, the teacher is fun and personable and my everyday life has become easier, as I now understand more and more words when people speak with me! Highly recommend it"

    Martina S., Digital Illustrator / Concept Artist, student of Dutch
  • Through a variety of very interesting and contemporary foremost articles, very funny and interactive videos, and a variety of tools that really really astonished me, within a period of three months, we easily reached a level of Β2-C1 in terms of text understanding and communication.

    Jenny P., student of Spanish
  • We saw how the method works from theory to practice: we took material, made material, taught and learned in a holistic approach to the F.A.S.T. method.

    Stella P., Teacher of French
  • "Before I started the lessons, I was a bit afraid of learning Dutch because it sounded so complicated to me. Now in a really short time, I can see how much I've learned, thanks to Mahdy. He is a great teacher, he motivated me a lot and it's always entertaining to have lessons with him. I'm so glad I took the lessons."

    Ipek, student of Dutch
    Ipek A., Human Resources Manager at Kiraca Holding A.S, student of Dutch
  • During the training I discovered why it is so revolutionary. I started to feel and believe in the method more and more and now I could barely imagine teaching with a different method. Definitely the best teaching/learning method.

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    Mahdy Y., Teacher Training
  • There are no words to describe Sofia !! I'm very glad that I had this amazing person as a French teacher!!! She loves her job and she makes you feel the same about French language!!! Not only teaches a foreign language but she helps you to open your horizons. Don't afraid to start this way of education! It is guaranteed you will succeed!!! She is the best! I highly recommend her as a teacher!!!!

    Stella M., Economist, student of French
  • It's my firm belief that, Miss Sofia is an incredible teacher! Not only she teaches you how to communicate in French for example, but she focuses also in the civilisation. So, you have the opportunity to learn also about the country and the problems that people are facing, the art and the culture. Generally, you learn really interesting stuff that in reality are incorporated in the language. A language in not only about grammar and vocabulary and Miss Sofia helps you understand that. She is really meticulous but a very cordial person too!!!

    Haris M., Biologist, student of French
  • “The training via Language and Motivation has given me a different view of teaching. It is motivating and special to see how quickly students achieve a higher level with this method. ”

    Deborah
    Deborah G., Teacher Training
  • I never understand how the time passes during my classes with Bo. I have a lot of fun and learn Dutch without even noticing! She is very resourceful and helpful, which makes it super easy to tackle challenges along the way. Dankjewel voor alles!

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    Dilara O., Entertainment Services, student of Dutch
  • “My second lesson is on Monday but I can tell for sure that I wish to continue with the lessons and your innovative method! “

    Vaggelis P., student of Dutch
  • How does it feel to have lessons with Mahdy? It is always a great pleasure to learn with him. It is a great inspiration and we see the success after every week. Ik kijk ernaar uit naar onze weekelijkse "date". There is a big motivation to reach my goal step by step!! Thank you both, Mahdy and Sofia.

    Katrin
    Katrin S., student of Dutch
  • Thank you, Sofia and Sani very much. We haven't started and it's already a very nice and organized experience! The process is so fun! I should have started earlier!

    Nadia N.I., twenty3 Digital Agency, student of Spanish
  • "It's something different from other methods. Fast learning that investigates the language deeply. This way, both oral and writing skills are improved."

    Andreas G., student of English
  • Sophia is an excellent teacher and a wonderful person. She likes her teaching procedure to include poems, videos and articles, in french of course, which makes the lesson amusing but also teaches you many things about the french culture as well. She is very passionate about her work and she will help you understand and love the french language!

    Alexandra M., Psychologist, student of French
  • I have tried this unique way of learning french and my progress was rapid.In just a few months i got prepared to give my exams and i succeded to get a diploma of B2-upper Intermediate level. The procedure of learning was very interesting by reading articles, watcing videos or even commenting books, so you have the ability of understanding grammar and syntax by reading or watching a complete article or video. I suggest without a doubt this way of learning!!!

    Niki V., Lawyer, student of French
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    Jenny P. student of Spanish
  • "Language and Motivation has not only helped me pass the aforementioned exams but has also enabled me to communicate with my Dutch colleagues at work almost only in Dutch and also engage in day-to-day communications with Dutch people in their native language more than ever. I will continue to work on to take my Dutch proficiency to the next level."

    Dong YL, student of Dutch
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    Ornela P., student of Dutch
  • "LM understood my needs and assigned the right teacher to me in short span of time. My teacher Annetta was the best in calibrating my needs and she made me fetch the fruits of success"

    Shakthi R., Software Test Engineer, student of Dutch
  • Sofia is an inspirational and passionate teacher! She's also very understanding and adaptable to your needs. Thanks to the Language and Motivation method, you will explore a new way of learning a language that is both fun and challenging! I have already taken the 3-month course for French and I am continuing to another one, so I strongly recommend her 🙂 My only regret is not having started the lessons earlier. So don't hesitate and do it now!

    Evgenia K., PhD Candidate, INRIA, student of French
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    Nadia N., student of Spanish
  • Mahdy, the Dutch teacher is very good and always made me feel comfortable.

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    Ilaria F., Medical Personnel, student of Dutch
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    Maria T., student of French
  • J'ai commencé à apprendre le français avec Sofia il y a deux mois et regardez comment j'écris! Je suis très contente, parce que je sais que je peux dire déjà plusieurs choses en français, car Sofia insiste beaucoup sur les cours oraux! Merci beaucoup, Sofia! Je pensais que le français était très difficile, mais tu rends les choses difficiles faciles!

    Fani K., Journalist, student of French
  • Sofia est une excellente professeur. Ella a une manière unique de motiver et d’inspirer ses élèves. Même après des journées difficiles au travail, je me sens contente après avoir fini un cours de français. J’ ai le sens de l’ accomplissement. Sa méthode est exigeante mais elle vous permet d’apprendre par l’expérience, ce qui s’avère efficace pour développer rapidement des compétences linguistiques. J’aime Sofia et je la recommande vivement!

    Ilia T., Coca Cola HBC, Switzerland, student of French
  • After 2 months of French lessons with Sofia I can say that these lessons are like "gym". You don't really want to go because you know that it is going to be hard, but after the class you really feel wonderful. Incredibly interesting texts, exercises, discussions, lessons.. I feel really grateful and very happy that I decided to trust her. I highly recommend it if you want to save time, money and energy by putting your forces, concentration and love into practice!

    Stefania T., Art therapist, student of French
  • Sofia is full of energy and an excellent teacher. I was afraid that Skype lessons might not be for me but I was so wrong. If you are really interested in learning French, then you should certainly have a call with Sofia!

    Vagelis A., Programmer, student of French
  • Η Σοφία πλέον δεν είναι απλά η καθηγήτρια μου έγινε μια φίλη που μας ξυπνάει την έμπνευση. Είμαι ευγνώμων που ήρθε στη ζωή μου ένας τόσο υπέροχος άνθρωπος και ακόμα πιο υπέροχη καθηγήτρια. Σοφία, είσαι καταπληκτική καθηγήτρια. Δεν θα μπορούσα να αρθρώσω λέξη στα γαλλικά χωρίς τη θετικότητα και την ενθάρρυνση σου να με σπρώχνει μπροστά. Ήταν σαν να έχασα τη φωνή μου και η μέθοδος σου με βοήθησε να τη βρω. Εσύ και η μέθοδος σου με βοηθήσατε να έρθω πιο κοντά στο στόχο μου. Η μέθοδος σου είναι όντως πολύ καλή όμως έσυ της δίνεις ζωή και έτσι βοηθάς όλους εμάς τους μαθητές σου, με όλες τις διαφορετικές μας ικανότητες. Είσαι πραγματικά μία ξεχωριστή καθηγήτρια. Έχεις γίνει (πιστεύω για όλους) μία θετική επιρροή και μέντορας. Θα ήθελα να σε ευχαριστήσω από καρδιάς επειδή, ειλικρινά, έχεις αφήσει το αποτύπωμα σου στο ταξίδι της ζωής μου. Και εννοείται ότι έχουμε ακόμα δρόμο μπροστά μας.

    Maria N., Teacher Training
  • The most wonderful french teacher! And the story goes like this.. I started learning french since learning a second foreign language was required by the national educational system.. I could never have been able to imagine that through those lessons I would be initiated in a new way of life! Not only did I acquire a very good level in french quickly enough, but also I got motivated in exploring a whole culture! Reading articles related to current events, listening to songs and watching videos on a variety of topics constitute Sofia’s best methods of teaching her students that language is a way of communicating and expanding your world! This teacher definitely reveals your confidence to interact with people in a language other than your mother tongue! Strongly recommended!

    Emmanouela K., Lawyer, student of French
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