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Headstart2 includes 80 to 100 hours of instruction, interactive tasks, language-specific pronunciation guides, cultural familiarization and orientation modules. Headstart2 is available in a stand alone (DVD format) or on-line version, and is worth up to 18 promotion points if completed on AKO/JKO.
Cultural Orientation introduces a given cultural group, combining brief language exchanges with an objective and practical look at daily life in different contexts. Topics include religion, traditions, family life and differences in the lifestyles of urban and rural populations.
Swahili Gateway is a self-paced, interactive introductory language course in Swahili using videos and multimedia activities to introduce the language and culture. Topics include: basic greetings, travel phrases, numbers, time, currency, and making appointments, among others.
Legends & Folktales
Legends & Folktales offers short animated pieces introducing famous myths, legends, and folktales from cultures across the globe to enhance cross-cultural literacy and provide insight into societies.
The Global Language Online Support System offers 1000s of lessons in dozens of languages for independent learners to improve their foreign language skills. Lessons are available for intermediate and advanced learners, with the ability to focus on specific topic areas, tailored for building listening or reading proficiency.
Weekly Training Events
Shorter than in-depth GLOSS lessons, Weekly Training Events materials are available for speakers of specific critical languages to keep their skills sharp in a limited period of time.
Available for Spanish and Arabic, the Accents Library offers collection of audio files read in both “standard” language, and in several regional accents to illustrate speech variations that occur in everyday speech.
Advanced North Korean Dialect Materials
Advanced North Korean Dialect Materials are a supplement for Korean language learning that can be incorporated into basic, intermediate, or advanced courses to provide students with cultural and regional information about North Korea.
Familiarity with regional dialects and realistic dialogues is key to achieving advanced listening proficiency. Phone Conversations contains more than 300 casual phone conversations in non-standard dialects of Spanish and Arabic. Arabic materials also include lesson plans for classroom use.
Cultural Awareness Assessment
Cultural Awareness Assessments gauge your familiarity with a particular society, including geographic facts, major religions, history, security situation, social customs, and basic survival phrases in the dominant language of the region.
Online Diagnostic Assessment
Online Diagnostic Assessment is a dynamic online platform to estimate language proficiency in reading or listening. ODA helps learners determine the subject areas and language specifics to improve, with customized suggestions for GLOSS lessons to help reach proficiency goals.
Rapport is six to eight hours of language and culture pre-deployment training. It is mandatory training for all civilian and military U.S. Army personnel deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan. Rapport is available in Dari, Pashto, Iraqi, Swahili, Hausa, Portuguese, French, Modern Standard Arabic, and Korean.
Language Survival Kits (LSKs)
Language Survival Kits include text, audio recordings, and translations for up to 3,000 mission-related phrases. Modules include: Air Crew, Basic Phrases, Civil Affairs, Cordon/Search, Force Protection, Medical, Military Police, Naval Commands, Public Affairs, and Weapons.