Foreign Language Enhancement Courses (LEC)
The Language Enhancement Course (LEC) is a five week intensive program of professional-level (ILR Levels 2 and higher) language study at the Partner Language Training Center Europe (PLTCE) in which learners can discover, integrate, and apply culture-specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to enhance target-language listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency.
Resident Language Enhancement (LEC) Courses
PLTCE is currently conducting LEC sessions only. If there is any change and PLTCE is unable to host resident students due to COVID-19 restrictions a month prior to a scheduled date, the subject course will follow an online format and enrolled students will be notified and given the option to keep their seats or to attend a different session.
****Course Cost Update****
FY23 will have a cost increase for the LEC. The new cost will be $2,300 per student. The course cost as always will include the lodging and meals throughout the course. Please reach out if you have any questions.
U.S. Service member will be required to be fully vaccinated to attend their resident courses. To be considered fully vaccinated, students must have received all required doses of COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer.BioNTech, Janssen (J&J), Aztra-Zeneca/Oxford), and at least 14 days since last vaccine dose was administered. For J&J to be considered fully vaccinated Germany requires two doses of J&J, or J&J and another dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. For requirements to enter Germany please visit https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de
PLTCE will require a copy of your vaccination card, which can be sent via encrypted email. Please email or call us if you have any questions.
LEC 23-02 09 Jan 23 - 10 Feb 23 16 Jan – MLK Day
LEC 23-03 20 Feb 23 - 24 Mar 23
LEC 23-04 03 Apr 23 - 05 May 23
LEC 23-05 15 May 23 - 16 Jun 23 29 May – Memorial Day
LEC 23-06 10 Jul 23 - 11 Aug 23
LEC 23-07 21 Aug 23 - 22 Sep 23 4 Sep – Labor Day
The aim of the Language Enhancement Course is to help military language professionals achieve higher levels of foreign-language proficiency.
As more and more work centers set Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Level 3 in Listening and Reading as the minimally-acceptable level of proficiency, PLTCE places a great deal of emphasis on the higher ILR skill levels. PLTCE’s open architecture allows instructors to tailor lessons according to the strengths, weaknesses, needs, and interests of individual language learners. Learners and instructors create an atmosphere of empathy and respect resulting in an anxiety-free and supportive environment for language learning. All instructors are native speakers of the target language/dialect with academic credentials and relevant experience in the sphere of second/foreign-language learning.
Final Learning Outcomes
Students show greater competence and confidence in understanding and producing target languages in accordance with the content, task, and accuracy requirements of ILR Levels 3 and higher. Students demonstrate proficiency solidification/gains on a post-course Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) in Listening and Reading.
- Understand and critically evaluate domain-specific topics such as Military-Security, Economics, Politics, Science/Technology, Culture/Society, and Geography.
- Read within a normal range of speed and with almost complete comprehension a variety of authentic prose material on unfamiliar subjects.
- Demonstrate the ability to learn through reading in the target language, regardless of the subject matter.
- Follow accurately the essentials of conversations between educated native speakers, reasonably clear telephone calls, radio broadcasts, news stories, and oral reports on non-technical subjects.
- Effectively combine structure and vocabulary to convey meaning accurately.
- Reliably elicit information and informed opinion from native speakers.
- Use the language effectively in most formal and informal written exchanges on practical, social and professional topics.