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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.

Online Language Enhancement Courses

Following the March 2020 implementation of worldwide travel restrictions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, PLTCE adapted LEC offerings to an online format, in which instructors and students work synchronously and asynchronously, sharing audio, video, and written materials.  Although nothing can replace the resident experience, PLTCE instructors continue to tailor lessons and course materials to suit individual language-learner needs.  Using Google Classroom and BigBlueButton programs to manage interactions, teachers provide a full instructional day, including daily assignments for students to complete offline and live video-conferencing (to the extent time differences allow) to practice speaking and to discuss classwork.  Although there will be no end-of-course DLPT, instructors will continue to provide valuable diagnostic feedback to individual learners to help them capitalize on strengths and work on weaknesses.

Online LEC 20-06  13 Jul -14 Aug 20

Online LEC 20-07   24 Aug - 25 Sep 20       7 Sep - Labor Day

FY21

Online LEC 21-01    19 Oct 20 - 20 Nov 20    11 Nov – Veteran’s Day

LEC 21-02    11 Jan 21 - 12 Feb 21    18 Jan – MLK Day

LEC 21-03    22 Feb 21 - 26 Mar 21            

LEC 21-04    05 Apr 21 - 07 May 21            

LEC 21-05    17 May 21 - 18 Jun 21    31 May – Memorial Day    

LEC 21-06    12 Jul 21 - 13 Aug 21

LEC 21-07    23 Aug 21 - 24 Sep 21    6 Sep – Labor Day

Aim

The aim of the Language Enhancement Course is to help military language professionals achieve higher levels of foreign-language proficiency. 

Training Strategy

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 Reading and Listening.

Learning Objectives

Students will

  • 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.

Student Comments From Online Language Enhancement course

  • Reading/ Listening/ Speaking - absolutely everything. Time truly well spent.
  • The course was excellent, overall great content and instruction.
  • I was very impressed with the quality of instruction and ability of the instructor to adapt to the online environment.
  • I am very impressed on how well this PLTCE course went, considering it was the first attempt at doing a course online. My instructor was always well prepared, handled the technology with skill, and was an excellent teacher. Thank you for the course!
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