Training Courses

Neurolinguistic Approach: Training Courses

The International Centre for Training and Research in the Neurolingusitic Approach and Neuroeducation, and the National Steering Committee for Intensive French offer training sessions on the Neurolinguistic Approach at various levels. Consult the table below to find out the date and location of available training in your area.





Quebec, Quebec


Dec. 18–22, 2021

Initial training in the Neurolinguistic Approach to teaching second/foreign languages

Quebec, Quebec


Jan. 4–8, 2022

Initial training for teaching pronunciation and to Great Means for correcting pronunciation when teaching an L2/FL

Quebec, Quebec


Apr. 27–May 1, 2022

Initial training in the Neurolinguistic Approach to teaching second/foreign languages

For more information including the registration process, visit CiFRAN’s website.

What is the Neurolinguistic Approach?

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Literacy-based approach

The Neurolinguistic Approach (NLA) to second language learning is a new way to teach and acquire a second language for the purposes of communication, in a regular classroom situation.

Recent research on the brain and language acquisition shows that knowledge (such as knowledge of grammar rules) lies in our declarative memory, while skills (such as talking effortlessly and without analyzing each word, as well as we do it in our mother tongue) are in our procedural memory. All in all, we do not need an explicit grammar to learn to speak a language, we need an implicit grammar (Netten & Germain, 2012).

The Neurolinguistic Approach to second language teaching, developed by Joan Netten and Claude Germain, creates the necessary classroom conditions for students to acquire an internal grammar (implicit competence) for speaking, as well as teaching the grammar (explicit knowledge) necessary to write correctly.

Learn more on the five fundamental characteristics that are present in all programs based on the Neurolinguistic Approach (in French only).

Specific Teaching Strategies for Each Skill

A distinguishing characteristic of the Neurolinguistic approach is the following teaching sequence: oral ▶ reading ▶ writing. This sequence is the foundation of a literacy-based approach to language learning, that is, an approach that focuses on learning to use the language rather than learning about the language.

Check out the specific teaching strategies for each skill on the Intensive French website (in French only).

For more information

Contact the National Steering Committee members for more information.

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