Removing Language Barriers

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 Removing Language Barriers
                              CIOR Language Academy helps improve communications
                                        among NATO and Partners for Peace officers.
                                                                                                 By Col Charles L. Holsworth, USAFR (Ret.)




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         he Interallied Confederation of Reserve                                   •   speaking with increased uency and minimal hesitation;
         O cers (CIOR) Language Academy                                            •   comprehending short class lectures;
         teaches English and French to Reservists,                                 •   comprehending conversational English and French;
 keeping in mind that e ective communication
 among nations is the key to good relations. e                                     •   expanding vocabulary in written and spoken form;
 academy will next meet July 24 through Aug. 6,                                    •   improving skill and con dence in speaking and listening in
 2009, at the National Military Training Center                                        English and French.
 in So a, Bulgaria.                                                                   e Language Academy also teaches cultural and military hi-
     CIOR is a nonpolitical, nongovernmental, nonpro t confed-                  story as a supplement to its language program. e culture and
 eration of national Reserve associations of the signatory countries            history of the host nation is usually provided by the host-nation
 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). CIOR ob-                     guest lecturer, with portions of the curriculum addressing CIOR
 jectives include increasing the defense capability of the North At-            background, philosophy of NATO, PfP, and United Nations
 lantic Alliance by maintaining close liaison with national defense             peacekeeping.
 organizations; fostering uniformity in the duties, rights, training,                 e academy convenes annually for a two-week period. It also
 and deployment of Reserve o cers of the alliance; and developing               convenes at other times during the year for one-week refresher
 relationships among alliance Reserve o cers in order to enhance                courses. is year’s meeting 
				
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Description: CIOR objectives include increasing the defense capability of the North Atlantic Alliance by maintaining close liaison with national defense organizations; fostering uniformity in the duties, rights, training, and deployment of Reserve officers of the alliance; and developing relationships among alliance Reserve officers in order to enhance professional knowledge and mutual understanding. Learning objectives include the following: * expanding the student s ability to interact intelligibly in a military context; * expanding the student's ability to interact in social situations; * ensuring that the student is understood by native speakers with minimal distraction of speech delivery; * expanding the student's ability to understand what the student hears in a military context; * participating in group discussions; * speaking with increased fluency and minimal hesitation ; * comprehending short class lectures ; * comprehending conversational English and French; * expanding vocabulary in written and spoken form; * improving skill and confidence in speaking and listening in English and French.
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