Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage offer a vast array of cultural learning resources for educators, students, and the curious. Here, we’ll highlight some of the resources to help make your own classroom, or independent educational endeavors, more interactive and in-depth.
DLIFLC's Rapport is six to eight hours of language and culture pre-deployment training. It is mandatory training for all civilian and military U.S. Army personnel deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan.
DLIFLC's Cultural Orientation introduces a given cultural group, combining brief language exchanges with an objective and practical look at daily life in different contexts.
DLIFLC's Legends & Folktales offers short animated pieces introducing famous myths, legends, and folktales from cultures across the globe to enhance cross-cultural literacy and provide insight into societies.
DLIFLC's Headstart2 includes 80 to 100 hours of instruction, interactive tasks, language-specific pronunciation guides, cultural familiarization and orientation modules.
The U.S.-China Disaster Management Exchange (DME) promoted strategic dialogue with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to foster mutual trust and understanding. The DME allows hands-on and side-by-side interaction between the U.S. Army and PLA on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations. This year, West Point cadets participated for the first time.
Here, we highlight an app for experiencing other countries through virtual reality.
If you have plans to head to another country, and you're interested in learning a little more about the perspectives and culture of the people there, see if you can find a podcast about it. We highlight a few language- and culture-specific podcasts here.
This issuance establishes policies, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for managing the Defense LREC Program; adds regional expertise and culture as mission critical competencies of the Defense LREC Program; and establishes initial culture learning guidelines.
This directive reissues DoD Directive (DoDD) 5160.41E to establish Defense LREC Program policy and assign responsibilities.