This intensive, advanced course develops students’ professional skills in the target language. Students use the language as a part of their profession, e.g. cryptologic language analysts (CLAs), and take the course to sustain and improve. The general aim of this course is to enhance students’ linguistic and cultural competences through a variety of relevant tasks, and to broaden their understanding of some of the current social, political and economic issues in the country or region where the language is spoken.

Course objectives:

  1. Describe and narrate events from print/multimedia sources;
  2. Comprehend and contextualize a structured argument that explains and defends an opinion within extended discourse;
  3. Discuss topics concretely and abstractly;
  4. Deal with a linguistically unfamiliar content;
  5. Recognize and attempt to replicate a high degree of linguistic/lexical accuracy;
  6. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the target language’s culture and apply that knowledge to the context;
  7. Read with almost complete comprehension a variety of authentic prose material on unfamiliar subjects;
  8. Interpret material correctly, relate ideas and "read between the lines”;
  9. Follow accurately the essentials of conversations between educated native speakers, reasonably clear telephone calls, radio broadcasts, news stories similar to wire service reports, oral reports, etc.
Target goal: 2+/3 (recommended course length of four to six weeks) Professional Sustainment Sample Syllabus 

This intensive course develops students’ professional skills in the target language (TL) in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Through a thematic curriculum, students are exposed to authentic materials, including articles, short stories, and various literary genres. The curriculum enhances students’ linguistic and cultural competencies and enables them to complete tasks that occur in real-life situations. By the end of the program, students are expected to function linguistically and culturally at the 2+/3 levels of the Urdu language as defined by the Interagency Language Roundtable. This course is heavily student-centered and conducted exclusively in the TL. Students are required to spend additional time outside of the classroom completing assignments.

Duration:         4–6 weeks

Sample Urdu Professional Sustainment syllabus 


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