The Defense Learning Institute Foreign Language Center offers a number of open source tools that assist independent learners in familiarizing themselves with the culture and language of many countries.
Global Language Online Support System (GLOSS )
GLOSS lessons are developed for independent learners to provide them with the learning/teaching tools for improving their foreign language skills. Reading and listening lessons are based on authentic materials (articles, TV reports, radio broadcasts, etc.) and consist of 4 to 6 activities. In-depth Feedback accompanies all motivating tasks, providing learners with thorough explanations and tutoring just like an attentive and experienced teacher would do. With more than 5,000 lessons, GLOSS is a valuable resource in maintaining and improving language ability and proficiency.
Country in Perspective Video Series
offers an overview of a country from a geographical, historical, economic, societal, and security perspective. From early history through the modern day, you will learn about influences that shaped the country and its people. Most videos are mobile optimized.
Cultural Orientation Video Series
introduces the viewer to a specific linguistic, cultural or ethnic group. Six video chapters discuss the group’s geographic and historical background, religious beliefs, traditions, family structure and way of life in both rural and urban settings. Brief exchanges of dialogue scattered throughout the videos offer simple phrases designed to familiarize the viewer with the sounds of the group’s native language. Introduction covers geographical features of the region, including major cities and topographical influences on the culture. This is followed by historical background and a discussion of current governmental, economic, and societal structure and issues. Most videos are mobile optimized.
The Modules are searchable by country and language and include information on cultural perspective and orientation, pronunciation guides and other tools in a variety of text, PDF and video formats. Some videos are mobile optimized.