Language Training - to put it in your own words
Knowing another language has never been more important. But because each person has different reasons for wanting to learn a language and also has his or her own learning style, "prepackaged" training methods have limited success. They don’t foster the individualized learning that yields faster results and long-term retention -- results that make your investment worthwhile and the achievement personal. Results that Comprehensive Language Center delivers.
Trust Comprehensive for lessons well learned.
We’ve spent over 1,000,000 classroom hours training business executives, military personnel, and government representatives in over 45 languages. That’s training experience you can trust - and a learning experience you’ll enjoy.
Your learning experience is an individual one
We provide intensive language training to individuals and small groups that want to:
Learn a foreign language or English as a Second Language (ESL).
Improve existing language skills in speaking, reading, writing, or listening.
Our training materials are selected and our techniques are adapted to your objectives and learning style. Have a special interest? Need to integrate your profession’s terminology in your studies? We factor that information into the design of your training program.
We also consider your:
Motivation for learning a foreign language
Previous language learning experiences
Level of proficiency needed or desired
Time available for training
Once you’ve started training, we regularly evaluate your progress to make sure your goals are being achieved. And when you pass our tests, your scores mean something. Our tests help prepare government students to meet rigorous federal language proficiency standards.
We make learning fun!
All Comprehensive instructors are experienced native speakers who choose to teach because they enjoy teaching, so you enjoy learning. You get a solid grasp of your new language plus a personal view of the social customs of the country or region where it is spoken. And from staff as well as instructors, you receive the guidance that is key to gaining confidence and competence in your chosen language.
Foreign Language Instruction
Comprehensive tailors its materials and techniques to meet your learning objectives as a student or group. If there is a specific terminology you need to know, we integrate it. If you only have a limited amount of time to study, we can take that into consideration as well. What´s more, throughout the course our teachers will monitor and measure your progress to ensure you get the most from your learning time.
Our teachers will evaluate each student on his or her performance at the end of each course and make a recommendation as to whether the student has reached the set goals of the course in order to move on to the next level.
This level is for students with little or no foreign language skills who desire to learn basic survival skills. The main focus will be on conversation (listening/speaking comprehension) and building a basic vocabulary. Topics covered will be everyday activities/situations (introductions, shopping, directions, etc.). The focus is on speaking, as the main objective is to have the students speaking comfortably, although students will be introduced to the written language.
Goal: The student is able to communicate comfortably in basic dialogues using basic everyday vocabulary.
Students in this level are able to communicate in simple language. In this course, students will be introduced to the basic grammar of the language, while still stressing oral communication. Reading and writing exercises will be introduced to build vocabulary and reinforce grammar. There will also be an emphasis on group work: dialogues will be take place amongst the students rather than, as in Beginner I, with the teacher.
Goal: Student has been exposed to basic grammatical concepts.
Writing skills will be stressed more in this level. Students will write compositions, will be exposed to authentic materials such as newspaper articles for reading comprehension exercises, and will use audio materials for listening comprehension skills. Students will continue to study more in-depth grammar.
Goal: Student shows the ability to write diverse compositions, the ability to understand basic publications, and an understanding of grammar.
This course will be more tailored to each group´s goals. All four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) will be emphasized in a way to fully accommodate the student´s needs. Goals will be set based on discussions with the students. Please Note: These models are open to modification by teacher and students.
Online Language Training
When it comes to learning a language, immersion with real people and real conversations is key. However, it is neither readily available nor convenient...until now. COMPREHENSIVE, with the help of WebEx (Cisco Systems), now offers a real-time opportunity to learn a language with more ease and convenience while engaging with a native speaker from anywhere in the world.
Here are some examples of how online language training students benefited from our program:
Jennifer (Federal Government) - Chinese - Was a student at our training facility, but missed many classes due to work schedule and decided to fill travel schedule with online classes.
Susan (Federal Government) - Dari - Lived semi-locally and only had class once a week, so she decided to conduct it online to save commute time.
Dave (Federal Government) - Pashto (Afghan) - Based in Colorado (2 hour time difference) for first half of class, Florida for second half of class.
Sarah (Private Company) - Arabic MSA - Began class while in Belgium (6 hour difference) and continued after moving to Oman (8 or 9 hour difference, depending on DST)
Sam and Tom (Federal Government) - Portuguese - Group class heading to Brazil. There were a variety of methods the students used to attend class, including: on the same laptop, separate laptops, and on an iPad.
Frank (Federal Government) - Serbo-Croatian - Local student that had intensive 4-hour training sessions, but preferred the online training to commuting for about 1.5 hours.
Meg (Federal Government) - Italian - Started training in Japan, then was local, then in Afghanistan. (-10 hours, +9 hours difference)
Barb (Private Individual) - Chinese - In-school student that also opted to supplement with online classes.
Jill (Private Individual) - Arabic - Based in California (3 hour difference)
Windows 2000, 32-bit XP, 2003 and 32-bit/64-bit Vista, 32-bit/64-bit Windows 7
*Intel or AMD processor (1 GHz or faster); *At least 512 MB RAM (at least 2 GB RAM for Vista); *Remote access (presentation studio and productivity tools not supported in 64-bit Windows 7/Vista); *Internet Explorer 6/7/8 - Mozilla 1.6/1.7 - Firefox 2/3.x; *Headset with microphone; *Webcam
Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6
*At least 512 MB RAM; *PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel processor; *No support for Remote Access; *Requires Apple Java 5 or higher; *Safari 3/4 - Firefox 2/3.x; Headset with microphone; Webcam
Immersion Language Training
Comprehensive Language Center, Inc. (CLCI) is now offering two options for immersion language training:
1) In-country immersion training paired with language training at our facility in Arlington, VA.
- Training begins and ends at our facility in Arlington.
- In-country immersion occurs either in the middle or towards the end of the training program.
2) Immersion only.
-Training begins and ends in-country after a half-day orientation at our facility in Arlington, VA.
With either option, CLCI offers the following advantages to students seeking high-level proficiency advances:
1) Professional US-based instructors travel with the student and conduct language and cultural training.
2) Instructors are experienced and trained in conducting immersion and adult-learner proficiency-oriented language courses.
3) Daily guidance from our language training specialists, to ensure your training objectives are met.
4) Professionally-planned itineraries, including accommodation options designed to address student-specific goals (for example, true immersion accomodation options or comfort options). In-country immersion training includes 8-10 hours per week of cultural immersion (food, customs, celebrations, festivals, daily routines, gender-based customs, etc.)
5) Preparations for ILR-based government language skill assessments.