The National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland (NFLC-UMD) has leveraged its decades of experience supporting government partners and developing courses, learning materials, and assessments in over 100 languages to establish an LTC that provides language courses specifically tailored to the government’s needs.
To support government and military linguists and prepare them to carry out their missions, the NFLC-UMD works closely with government stakeholders to offer courses centered on current, relevant, and authentic curriculum taught in carefully sequenced thematic units that integrate culture, area studies, and language.
The NFLC-UMD offers five-week hybrid and online language courses, providing 150 hours of direct instruction with an additional 50 hours of guided practice in the form of graded homework, online assessments, and online learning modules. Students also have access to the NFLC-UMD’s E-Learning Portal, an online collection of language learning materials and assessments, and they can earn 15 Continuing Education Units for completing a course.
|Languages/Other||Course Type||Course Pre-requisites||Location|
|Korean||Blended||Incoming ILR 2||UMD-NFLC and online|
|Russian||Blended||Incoming ILR 2||UMD-NFLC and online|
|Ukrainian||Online||Russian to Ukrainian Conversion||Online|
UMD-NFLC’s courses are designed around its research-based principles of effective language teaching, which maximize students’ proficiency gains:
• Implementing a standards-based and thematically organized curriculum
• Integrating culture, content, and language in the classroom
• Adapting and using expertly-leveled, authentic materials
• Using the target language and providing comprehensible input
• Facilitating a learner-centered classroom
• Conducting performance-based assessments