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How a DoD language program is maintaining readiness remotely Posted by on Sep 3, 2020

cl-150 learning goals

With limited opportunities for annual training and face-to-face mentoring during the pandemic, many DoD language programs are leveraging the CL-150 Platform to ensure their cryptologic linguists can sustain proficiency from anywhere. We talked to the CLPM and mentors from one language program to see how they’re approaching sustainment remotely. To start, the unit’s CLPM is…

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CL-150 Cohort lessons in 15, 30, or 45 minutes Posted by on Aug 19, 2020

cl-150 learning activities

When you open a CL-150 Cohort lesson and there are 15+ activities. 👀🤯 CL-150 Cohort lessons are designed to take two or more hours to complete, hence the long activity list! To fight language attrition, many USG language programs require at least two hours of weekly learning time, so a two-hour lesson is a one-stop-shop…

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Manage your virtual language classes with the CL-150 Platform Posted by on Aug 13, 2020

cl-150 class assignments

Language instructors need more than just a virtual meeting space like Teams or Zoom to deliver virtual acquisition courses, refresher courses, and other language training events effectively and efficiently. You need ways to organize your classes, create and schedule assignments, send messages, and track students’ progress from afar. You can slap together a bunch of…

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Using CL-150 lessons synchronously in the virtual classroom Posted by on Aug 10, 2020

CL-150 lessons aren’t just for independent learning or pre-class prep work. Language instructors, as you shift to virtual instruction, consider using lessons collaboratively during class time as well. Want to get your students talking? Help them produce the language in different contexts? Think critically about target language texts or videos? Practice grammar? Discuss culture? No…

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Make social media time worth your time. Posted by on Aug 5, 2020

hamsterkauf slang

Language “maintenance” involves more than holding on to what you already know. Languages are constantly changing, and you need to keep up to stay current and effective. In German, for example, Hamsterkauf (literally “hamster buying”) showed up recently to describe pandemic-induced panic buying, as did “Coronaspeck” as a name for the weight gained during quarantine…

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CL-150 Orientations & Training Materials Posted by on Jul 20, 2020

cl-150 orientations and training

Learning a language presents many challenges—the tools you use to learn a language should never be one of them. Ever discover something you didn’t know you could do with a device or an app that you’ve used for a long time? I’ve had lots of those “I didn’t know I could do that!” moments with…

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Only have 30 minutes? Focus on skills with “Practice” activities! Posted by on Jul 15, 2020

In the last post you learned the most effective way to spend 10 minutes engaged with your language by refreshing your CL-150 Learned Vocab. But what if you have a bit more time to commit? Hit the ground running with CL-150 Practice activities—make your own custom lessons in seconds. It’s as easy as this: Pick…

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