The goal of Express Fluency is to get you understanding and speaking a new language in the fastest and easiest way possible. Our talented educators create personalized and engaging classes based on the latest brain and language acquisition research.
Our success is founded in a direct approach and clear principles: 99% Immersion, 100% understandable
Our classes are taught in the target language. But, unlike complete immersion experiences, we make sure you understand every word because language acquisition happens unconsciously when we understand the messages we’re hearing.
Language that “sticks”
You want the new language to stick in your long-term memory, so you don’t forget it in a week. For that to happen the content needs to be interesting while at the same time repetitive. We draw upon proven techniques such as Total Physical Response (TPR®), Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS®), and other Comprehensible-Input (CI) based methods to help the language stick.
Practical, everyday language
Goodbye to lists of vegetables and tons of other vocabulary you don’t need on an everyday basis. At Express Fluency, we start with a set of about 200 core words in our beginner classes. These are words you use every day. They are the words you need when communicating in another language. And you pick them up effortlessly through hearing them used in interesting ways, not by memorizing them.
“No pain, all gain”
Many people think learning a language is painful and hard work, when in fact, the opposite is true. Believe it or not, the less we agonize over the language, the faster we learn. Express Fluency creates an anxiety-free environment because the research shows that’s the best way to maximize learning. The environment is lighthearted and fun so students feel at ease—the optimal state for acquiring language.
Sherry Ann S.
Elissa's teaching method is definitely not common, but it definitely helped and brought back the Spanish I had knowledge of many years ago. I find myself to be speaking more fluidly and with more confidence!
The weekend class is a great way to gain confidence in speaking Spanish AND it is a great way to spend a weekend! The people are great fun and Elissa is both systematic and flexible in her methods. Highly recommended!
This is definitely the most fun language class I've ever taken. Elissa is endlessly inventive, so the class is never boring. Before you know it, you're putting all these new words together into simple sentences and starting to speak Spanish! The students are of different ages and backgrounds, but the atmosphere is so relaxed they're all friendly and supportive. Altogether, a delightful, rewarding experience.
Very friendly instructor. Easy way to get better at spanish.
I was so surprised by how much I learned in just a weekend. The class was lots of fun, very animated and with much laughter. I think the teaching method is great, and the instructor is a passionate and gifted teacher.
My wife, Katie, and I spent a delightful weekend with about eight others in this class, and came out speaking Spanish! The course revolves around learning some basic verbs and nouns, and moving around the group starting stories and adding to them as we moved along. Great method and good success. Hope to go back for Intermediate, where we'll add past/future tenses to what we've learned. We recently visited Cuba and this class helped us a lot.
I have attended several weekend intensives with my husband and we can’t wait to sign up for the next round of classes. This is definitely the most enjoyable way to study a new language. We have so much fun in class that it doesn’t feel like “learning” and yet at the end of the weekend I can tell that we have acquired a lot of Spanish! Elissa is so good at bringing all her students out of their shells and creating a great classroom environment. where we can all be silly together. I highly recommend the immersion classes!
I am one of those people who gets flustered very quickly when learning languages, especially when learning languages in a classroom from a textbook. Usually things stop making sense and the whole process becomes nothing but a hotbed for anxiety and insecurity. I DID NOT have this experience when I went to the Express Fluency Beginner Spanish course. Elissa is basically pure positive energy in human form. Her approach of teaching us through what I think of as kindergarten-style learning takes away the sense of failure and fear. You are constantly listening and engaging in ways that make learning much more intuitive. You are never pressured to speak when you are not comfortable. The important thing is that you UNDERSTAND, something none of my other language classes actually focused on, which probably was why I would fall behind so quickly. These classes are long but you come out feeling confident in the work you've done. I would recommend this Spanish learning course above any other I've taken.
The instruction was excellent. The teaching technique is quite remarkable, and I covered a lot of ground in a very short time. I found myself tracking everything that was being said, and the whole idea is that it's kind of like being a baby again -- language is happening all around you, and you have to get on board with it if you want to make yourself understood.
If you are inhibited about speaking Spanish, this teacher and class method will help you start to overcome that--and, besides, it is a totally fun class...take the whole series (three weekends, one a month) if you can. By your second class, it could feel like home to a little family of friends...