Training Delivery Method
Blended Learning Style
The program goals are to maintain and/or advance the linguists’ level of language proficiency. Proficiency is measured via pre- and post-Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc) exams. Instruction is delivered in a combination of face-to-face instruction and online work to total the 120 hours needed to meet the requirements for a significant language-training event.
At the University of Utah (UU), a combination of face-to-face and online components provide the minimum 120 hours of annual language instruction required. The curriculum follows a proficiency-based model using a wide range of authentic materials including social, cultural, political, economic, geographic, scientific and military themes. Traditional print and online materials are also incorporated into classes.
- Mandarin Chinese
UU provides for language maintenance classes of 120 hours for the nationally recognized, linguistically advanced Utah Cryptologic Team (UCT).
LTC Participant Testimonials
"I like that the instructors push us to use the language more than any other course I've ever been to. I also like that they allow us to try to figure out our own mistakes before they correct us."
"The instructors are extremely competent as well as patient. I've studied a number of languages at several institutions and the two professors we have are absolutely fantastic."
"The basis that there was no-hold-barred with her is what I believe I enjoyed the most because that honestly makes the difference between a University Student studying a language just for a major or possibly to visit a country...and a Military member who has to use street language, colloquilisms, metaphors, etc in real-world situations."
"I would like to say that I was extremely impressed with the fact that there was a huge emphasis on speaking this course, with a lot of critical thinking, opinion forming, debating, etc. Every other Language Refresher has had way too much translation, maybe listening exercises. Most soldiers have higher writing scores on their DLPT's, and speaking activities help accomplish listening with interpretation practice at the same time."
" This is the best Chinese class I have attended. I currently have a 3+/3 and find this class very helpful for Chinese linguist level 2 and above. The instructor is amazing and very good at picking up the individual needs of the students."
"Professor Alavi has that rare ability to tailor instruction and conversation to each student in the class. This is significant because this class has students whose language levels range from advanced beginner to native."
"The relevance of the daily quizzes to the previous days lesson really helped to reinforce what was learned the previous day."
"I liked that the course utilized authentic materials. The instructors were very helpful with breaking down the materials."
"The instructor was knowledgeable and amiable. He did a very good job of using real-world materials to help students learn and retain language and cultural information."
" I appreciate the flexibility of the teaching staff and their resoonses to answers an projects from the homework activities. It increases our knowledge of grammar and fluency."