US professor who created language-teaching method adopted by Peace Corps dies at 90

John Rassias, a Dartmouth College professor who created a language-teaching method that was adopted by the Peace Corps and shared with several countries, has died. He was 90.

Rassias died Wednesday at his home in Vermont, according to a statement from college President Philip Hanlon.

Rassias was a consultant and developer with the Peace Corps in 1966 when he directed a pilot program to teach languages in Africa. The Rassias Method, featuring rapid-fire drills, cultural immersion and a touch of theater, was later adopted by the Peace Corps.

He joined Dartmouth in 1965, founded its Language Study Abroad programs and founded the Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures. He also became one of the founding partners of the Inter-American Partnership for Education, a Clinton Global Initiative.

His daughter, Helene Rassias-Miles, brought the language-teaching method to Mexico. The method was also shared with China, Bulgaria, France, Japan, Greece and Turkey, according to Dartmouth.