DLIELC Presents at the Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) Symposium

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From 14-16 October 2020, the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) at Air University hosted the Fifth Annual Air University Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) Symposium. This year’s symposium was held on an 100% virtual platform. While this was a change from the meetings of previous years, this did allow for a wider range of speakers and leaders to participate! 

This year’s LREC theme was “Hindsight 20/20.” Speakers were asked to reflect on the last ten years and highlight the effects that LREC had in executing US goals and strategy in performing a worldwide mission.

“The symposium brings together scholars and practitioners from across the DoD and the LREC enterprise to explore issues and initiatives designed to equip and prepare our Airmen for success in diverse and uncertain situations,” said Gregory Day, AFCLC Director of Staff. 

The Defense Language Institute English Language Center’s (DLIELC) 332d Training Squadron was honored to have contributed to this year’s event. 

The AFCLC accepted four presentations from DLIELC, of which, six staff members delivered presentations on several topics to include: 

  • Lessons Learned While Building Partner Capacity at the DLIELC;
  • Developing Learners’ Intercultural Communicative Competency at DLIELC;
  • Using the Global Scale of English for Creating Instructional Materials and Designing Curriculum; and
  • American Language Course 3rd Edition: Lessons from the Past Shape English.

These presentations underscored the importance of the shared understanding of culture and language education in the military to LREC Symposium participants. The sessions emphasized DLIELC’s mission of providing worldwide English language training and cultural immersion to enable US military and international partners to communicate in support of Department of Defense Security Cooperation objectives.