How does Short-term Foreign Language Immersion Stimulate Language Learning?
Keywords:Short term, Language Immersion, Department of Defense, Military, Study Abroad, Education abroad
Post 9/11 military operations reinforced the reality that the DoD needs a significantly improved capability in non-western European languages and dialects and a surge capacity to expand its language capabilities. As an initial step in the process, in 2005, the DoD produced the Defense Language Transformation Roadmap (DLTR) that directed the military services to coordinate their efforts toward more cohesive and universal goals and objectives (Wolfowitz, 2005). The following article presents a study based on one hundred and forty USAFA cadets who participated in the 2008-2010 Chinese summer language immersion programs conducted at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China, and during weekend excursions at prominent historical and cultural locations around the country.
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