Breakthrough: Essays and Vignettes in Honor of John A. Rassias celebrates an outstanding educator who has revolutionized the art of learning languages. John A. Rassias’ method breaks down the barriers and inhibitions people have in learning another language. In his forty-plus years of teaching, he has touched and transformed many lives. This book includes a personal interview with Rassias; a listing of his life accomplishments; an article by Rassias; and scholarly essays on his method of teaching languages, as well as scholarly essays on teaching languages in general. A large portion of this book consists of personal vignettes by some of the people Rassias has touched as a teacher, mentor, father, uncle, and friend.