Assisting with faculty development ;
Maintaining databases containing research results;
Facilitating collaboration among member institutions;
Advocacy and PR on behalf of affiliates;
Awarding of a Certificate of Native-like Foreign Language Proficiency (for institutions
without existing programs).
The Workbooks and the course template developed by CDLC for the above mentioned
project seeks to fill an existing gap in instructional materials and methodologies for instruction aimed
at Superior and Distinguished - level foreign language students. The need for such materials is
especially obvious today when the United States requires experts who understand nuances, subtleties,
and hidden meanings in foreign speech. These experts must also be socio-culturally sophisticated able
to apply appropriate sociolinguistics and pragmatics. They must also be able to use the foreign
language as effectively as native speakers in order to promote international and regional security,
political and economic stability, and cooperation on health, environmental, anti-terrorism activity,
climate change, and social issues in mutually desirable ways. The lack of such proficiency, according
to The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, poses a threat to national security.
The failure of higher education to bring students to native-like levels of foreign-language
proficiency in the US is legendary and has frequently been lamented by national media. This
problem has come up time after time since the late 1990s. Our schooling is simply not getting
students to high enough levels of foreign language proficiency to conduct this nation’s business.
Thus, the major aim of this project is to try to fill this gap and provide learning materials for students
who possess ILR Level 3 (ACTFL Superior) FL proficiency and want to reach ILR Level 4 (ACTFL
Distinguished/“near-native”) FL with the focus on Socio-cultural and Sociolinguistic competences.