Enhancing regional and cultural expertise Posted by meaghan on Jan 9, 2020 in For Learners, For Program Managers
You’ve probably heard about CL-150 Cohort lesson streams as a resource for language maintenance. But did you know the weekly lessons also help learners enhance regional and cultural expertise?
Foreign language proficiency, regional expertise, and cultural knowledge are enduring critical competencies for US Government language professionals, but all three require continuous effort to maintain and enhance. CL-150 Cohorts take advantage of the inherent overlap of these core competencies, targeting all three simultaneously in weekly lessons delivered right to your inbox.
What’s a CL-150 Cohort lesson?
How do Cohorts support regional and cultural expertise?
All lessons are based on authentic sources—newspaper articles, op eds, podcast episodes, TV commercials, etc.—made by native speakers for native speakers. Learners are exposed to events and topics from the same perspective as the local populice.
Sustainers aren’t simply learning to read in the language at level, they are reading in the language to learn about the target region and culture.
Current Language Usage & Current Events
Most Cohort lessons are based on sources that are only days—or even hours—old, not years old. These current sources describe important events and changes throughout the region and reflect the latest language usage, including new expressions, acronyms, or slang, as well as domain-specific terms required to discuss emerging trends or major events.
To maintain proficiency, each Cohort lesson is crafted very carefully to align to a particular ILR level. The same level of care goes into choosing sources that align to mission-relevant topics—all lessons cover domains that contribute to cultural and/or regional expertise, including politics, security, society, military, economy, etc.
With more than 30 lessons published every week covering the latest news in a range of languages, levels, and domains, CL-150 Cohorts provide streams of current, relevant learning materials that learners won’t find in any textbook or online course.
If your organization or team is struggling to maintain language proficiency and continuously build regional and cultural expertise, let’s talk about how CL-150 Cohorts can help: firstname.lastname@example.org.