Learning Resource Center offers linguistic support

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- On any given day, you can walk into the 17th Training Support Squadron's Language Resource Center and see Army, Marine Corps and Air Force linguists talking to an instructor on a computer terminal or a television screen. That's right; technology has hit the LRC as Goodfellow linguists study a myriad of foreign languages.

The LRC has recently been renovated and boasts a customer-focused layout and service-friendly staff. One form of technology that has invaded the LRC is a training system called the Broadband Language Training System. Over this computer based training system, students from various sites around the world have access to a classroom environment with an instructor who is located at Monterey, California. It gives the linguists at Goodfellow the opportunity to participate in language training without having to meet minimum participation requirements. In addition, the class times vary greatly, giving the "students" some flexibility to work their language training into an already busy schedule.

This is just one of the methods linguists can use to maintain their global language skills. The LRC also brings instructors to Goodfellow to conduct on-site classroom instruction. These Mobile Training Teams are scheduled throughout the year. Video tele-training sessions are routinely offered also. This training is conducted in the LRC's VTT suite and is done via video with a class of students here at Goodfellow interacting with an instructor located at Monterey. To get a schedule of the VTT and MTTs, contact your unit Command Language Program Manager or contact the LRC.

In addition to the classroom training events, the LRC has 27 computers available for self-study use. The computers give the student access to such things as SCOLA, Global Language Online Support System, and many other websites used for language training. Finally, the LRC carries quite an extensive inventory of foreign language periodicals, newspapers, and films on DVD or VHS.

Incorporated into the LRC are two Intelligence Training Labs. These ITLs provide students with access to computers that they can use to conduct mandatory training and view the virtual military personnel flight and other military related sites.

Regardless of how long you are here at Goodfellow, if you need to brush up on your language skills, keep your skills polished, prepare for an assignment to a foreign country, or get ready for your defense language proficiency test, please stop by the 17th Training Support Squadron's Language Resource Center, located in Bldg. 448, Room 41a. They are open from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and can be reached at 654-3734.