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Immersive Language Instruction: On the Polis Method

This episode explores the theory and the practice of the Polis Method of language instruction which relies on a variety of methods to offer students an immersive experience of second language acquisition. We are joined by Dr. Christophe Rico, Dean of the Polis Institute, and Mr. Guillermo Dillon, Latin teacher at the Northridge Preparatory School in Chicago, Illinois.

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About the Guests

Christophe Rico

Dean, Polis Institute

Christophe Rico is a French linguist. He holds a PhD in Greek linguistics (University of Sorbonne, 1992) and the official French accreditation to direct doctoral research (University of Strasbourg, 2011). He is a professor of Greek Philology at the Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem. Since 2011, he is the dean of the Polis Institute. He has published several language methods and books on Greek and Hebrew philology as well as many articles on general linguistics, ancient Greek linguistics, semantics, translations studies, and second language acquisition.

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Guillermo Dillon

Latin Teacher, Northridge Preparatory School

Though an Arizonian by birth, Guillermo grew up as the oldest of six children in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2018, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Classics from Trinity College Dublin. It was during his last year in Ireland that Mr. Dillon discovered and fell in love with the optima via (best way) to learn and teach Latin, that is, by speaking it! After college, Guillermo returned to Monterrey where he enjoyed being an elementary school teacher in an all-boys school for a year. He then pursued an M.A. in Classics at the University of Kentucky, specializing in spoken Latin, where he also worked as a Latin teacher at a classical school in Lexington. In the summer of 2021, he returned to Monterrey and worked as an English teacher, now in middle school, for another year.

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