With the CL-150's new Self-Reporting feature learners can record the time they spend on language learning outside of the CL-150 Platform. Use Add new journal entry to track and record time spent reading foreign books or newspapers, time spent with fellow learners speaking in your target language, or time spent watching foreign TV shows, browsing foreign websites, and more. Then Run a report to track language learning progress.
Journal entries are easy to record online or on your mobile device. Simply enter your learning information and submit.
Self-Reporting on a Mobile Device
Run A Report
Learners can generate an activity report or a journal entry report to track all aspects of their language learning progress. My Activity Report will continue to return detailed information on the amount of assignment time, Learned Vocab time, and other time spent on aspects of the CL-150. But now it will integrate your self-reported language activity time as well.
The Journal Entry Report will allow you to see the complete history of your self-reported time journal entries.
Reports can be printed right away or saved in PDF or CSV format.
Questions about CL-150 Self-Reporting? Contact us at email@example.com
Now you can enjoy the FULL CL-150 learning experience through your browser on an Android or iOS phone!
Use your device's browser to go to the CL-150 Learning Application the same way you would on a computer, and you can access:
IMPROVED – CL-150 for iPad App with Added Features
The CL-150 for iPad app has always had access to all of the same languages, courses and lessons as the CL-150 website, plus you can use the app when disconnected from the internet. Now you can do even more with the CL-150 for iPad App:
Next we are working to bring Push Notifications and Self-Reporting to the CL-150 for iPad App.
NEW – Daily Refreshers in the CL-150 Android & iOS Apps
Now you can receive our Daily Refresher reminders as push notifications on your phone when you turn on this feature in the CL-150 Android or iOS app. With Daily Refreshers, you'll see your most stale vocab item in a push notification every day. All you have to do is select the notification for a quick and easy refresh!
Future plans are underway to bring notifications of new class messages, new class assignments, newly posted content and more to your mobile device.
Please note the CL-150's Authoring, Instructor, and Administrative capabilities are not tailored to mobile devices, and remain centralized on the CL-150 Portal.
Asked & Answered
Question: I am using the CL-150 Mobile app, why should I switch to the CL-150 Mobile Web?
Answer: It's not about switching, Think of it as more about options based on time and place. Let's say you've only got 5 or 10 minutes available to learn, use the CL-150 Mobile app to practice your vocab and you'll accrue learning time for the lesson. If you have more time available but no access to an iPad, tablet or computer, then you can switch to the CL-150 Mobile Web version which is optimized for smartphones.
If you have a question for Asked & Answered please send it to the CL-150 Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
We've made it faster to enroll in a CL-150 Cohort! Follow these 3 easy steps.
Select your CL-150 Cohort and immediately see your assignments.
What is a CL-150 Cohort?
Each week, expert CL-150 Cohort Coaches develop and distribute new software-based language lesson "workouts" at each of three proficiency levels in each of eight languages. Lessons are based on current, authentic content covering professionally relevant topics such as culture, economy, geography, military, politics, science, security, society or technology. Each lesson offers a variety of learning activities that engage the Cohort Member's proficiency at the targeted proficiency level. Currently each of the eight languages offers three Cohorts to choose from: ILR 2, ILR 2+ or ILR 3. Cohort lessons are specifically designed to prevent language proficiency drop-off by providing professional language sustainment and enhancement for globally dispersed language professionals: Intelligence, SOF, FAOs, Diplomatic, Advisors, etc.
How can a CL-150 Cohort help me?
Subscribe to the CL-150 Bulletin to be notified when new CL-150 Cohort languages and proficiency levels become available.
Still have questions about CL-150 Cohorts? Contact the CL-150 Team at email@example.com
What is the CL-150 Cohort Coaching Program?
Each week, expert "Coaches" develop and distribute new software-based language lesson "workouts" at each of three proficiency levels in each of eight languages. Lessons are based on current, authentic content covering professionally relevant topics such as culture, economy, geography, military, politics, science, security, society or technology. Each lesson offers a variety of learning activities that engage the Cohort Member's proficiency at the targeted proficiency level. Currently each of the eight languages offers three Cohorts to choose from: ILR 2, ILR 2+ or ILR 3. Cohort lessons are specifically designed to prevent language proficiency drop-off and enhance the proficiency of globally dispersed language professionals: Intelligence, SOF, FAOs, Diplomatic, Advisors, etc.
How can a Cohort help me?
How do I enroll in a Cohort?
There is no charge to enroll in a Coached Cohort. Simply log in to your CL-150 account through any of the following portals:
On the CL-150 homepage, click on the "LEARN" panel -> Select "Classes & Groups" and enter the Enrollment Code for your Cohort:
Cohort members receive a welcome message confirming enrollment and are notified each week when new Cohort lessons become available.
CL-150 Bulletin subscribers will be notified as more training cohorts for other languages, dialects, and domains become available.
Still have questions about Coached Cohorts? Contact the CL-150 Team at USG@transparent.com
What device(s) do you use for your language learning? Desktop? Laptop? Tablet? Phone? The CL-150 supports them all, with different activities available on each, as appropriate. The CL-150 even synchronizes your work across your devices if you use more than one.
Many CL-150 users mostly use an iPad and its Safari browser. Now these iPad users have another option — our new CL-150 for iPad app. The CL-150 for iPad app has access to all of the same languages, courses and lessons as the CL-150 website, plus the app has some advantages...
How to Get the CL-150 for iPad App
The CL-150 for iPad app is available and free to all CL-150 users. Log in to your CL-150 account on your iPad and select "Tablet Apps" under Mobile Resources. On the Tablet tab, click on the link to the Apple App Store, download the app, and enter the provided username and synchronization password. (Please note: your CL-150 website password and CL-150 app synchronization password are not the same.) Also, the app is mainly for learning — the CL-150's authoring, instructor, and administrative capabilities remain centralized on the CL-150 website.
Alternatively, you may continue accessing the CL-150 website through your iPad's web browser.
Android Tablet Users
The CL-150 for iPad app is only available on iPad tablets. Android tablet users should continue to access the CL-150 website through their Android tablet's Chrome web browser. Use the CL-150 URL, and login with the same username and password you normally use. Alternatively you can download the Android smartphone app to use on your tablet when you need to be disconnected. Find that app on the CL-150 website under Mobile Resources.
iPad® is a trademark or registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. Android is a trademark of Google, Inc.
If this CL-150 Bulletin was forwarded to you and you would like to subscribe, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include "Subscribe" in the subject line.
We are happy to announce that the newest version of the CL-150 Platform is now available to our users.
The new CL-150 is better than ever! The updated CL-150 delivers an exciting new learning experience featuring the new My Learning Path and much more. You'll find navigating the CL-150 is easier, faster and more flexible. To see the changes for yourself, go to the CL-150 (usg.transparent.com), select your access portal (CL-150, JLU, SOFTS or AFLCLC) and login*.
As part of our launch we are hosting free webinars for our users to introduce the new look and features of the CL-150. Register to attend a webinar at transparent.com/cl-150-webinars.
Can't attend a webinar, but have questions about the new CL-150? Contact the CL-150 Team at email@example.com.
Coming Soon: The 2016 CL-150 Program Review & Optimization Workshop April 28-29, Nashua, New Hampshire
This workshop brings together U.S. Government senior managers and senior lead users of the CL-150 Platform. This densely-packed series will cover all aspects of the next generation of the CL-150, including new and upcoming developments, releases, resources and materials available in the CL-150. The focus will be on exploiting the CL-150 to improve the economics, logistical flexibility, reliability and visibility of USG language schools and programs. (If you are an instructor looking for a standard CL-150 training and certification workshop, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
CL-150 PROGRAM REVIEW AND OPTIMIZATION WORKSHOP, April 28-29, Nashua, New Hampshire. More information and registration at transparent.com/2016USG
*Please note IE9 is no longer a supported browser in the new CL-150.
Just a heads up that we will soon be launching a completely redesigned version of the CL-150 Platform. The new CL-150 is more powerful, easier, faster, more personal, and fully compatible with iPads and Android™ tablets.
You don't need to do anything. We're just letting you know that this brand new version of the CL-150 is almost ready. We'll get back to you soon with an official launch date.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the CL-150 Team at email@example.com.
Android is a trademark of Google Inc.
It's easy for a linguist's language proficiency to fall off between formal language courses. Even with the best of intentions, life gets in the way and time flies by.
The new CL-150 "Cohort Coaching" program fights that tendency with regular, short lessons that feature current, engaging content in a given language at a target proficiency level.
CL-150 Cohort Coaches develop and distribute multiple focused lessons or "sustainment workouts" each week. Lessons cover useful professional topics, such as economics or politics and offer a variety of learning activities designed to engage each Cohort Member's proficiency threshold. As a Cohort Member, you can complete the lessons anytime, anywhere and on almost any computer or mobile device. Your time and progress are tracked for your information or to address sustainment mandates.
We anticipate adding Cohorts for other languages, dialects and domains. Watch for updates in future CL-150 bulletins and on the CL-150 Cohort Coaching information page.
There's no charge to enroll in a Coached Cohort. Here's how:
Date: Thursday, 28 April and Friday, 29 April 2016
Location: Nashua, New Hampshire
The CL-150 Annual Program Review is coming back for 2016. Mark your calendar: Thursday, 28 April (9:00am to 4:30pm) and Friday, 29 April (9:00am to 2:00pm) in Nashua, NH.
The CL-150 Program Review is a densely-packed series of updates and discussions about new developments, releases, resources and materials available in the CL-150 Platform. Each topic will feature an introduction by Transparent Language personnel or members of CL-150 user organizations, followed by an open discussion.
The CL-150 is a constantly growing, intensely language-centric Learning Management and Course Management system focused on US Government language requirements. Its purpose is to enable transformational economics, logistics, reliability and visibility in US Government language programs.
Because a major update to the CL-150 is expected to go live before year end, we anticipate that the 2016 CL-150 Program Review will be more tightly packed and productive than ever. The Review is open to:
There is no meeting fee, but attendees are responsible for their own travel expenses. Details will follow, but feel free to contact us in the meantime for further information or to express interest in attending.
Ask a doctor the one thing that would make most patients healthier and you might hear, "if my patients would simply do what I ask them to do." For many ailments, the cure is a simple behavior change: stop smoking, exercise. But behavior is astonishingly stubborn.
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Logistics? Of language programs? "Say what...?"
In Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, we talked about how to train and sustain language proficiency more efficiently and reliably. Getting that right can radically improve the economics of professional language programs in government, industry and academe.
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Today, 3/9/2015, Apple iOS 8.2 was released. The update should be slowly rolling out to many iPhone and iPad users over the next day. At this time, there is a display issue with the Rapid Rote Mobile app on iOS 8.2. This issue is causing certain fonts to not display and appear as blank in learning activities. We are currently working to resolve this problem and will provide an update to the Rapid Rote Mobile app as soon as possible. If you rely on access to Rapid Rote Mobile on your iOS device, we recommend waiting to install the iOS 8.2 update until we can resolve this problem. If you have already updated to iOS 8.2, we hope to have an update to fix this problem in a couple of days. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with further questions about this issue.
You've seen those clickbait web ads for "One Silly Trick..." to lose weight, relieve pain or whatever. There's not usually much value after the click. But for teaching and learning languages, there is a shift in approach—almost simple enough to be a "trick"—that can radically change how quickly and reliably students learn.
We call it DABL... Read More »
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Learning another language for professional purposes takes too long and costs too much.
For many recreational learners, the economics, logistics and reliability of acquiring another language are not all that important. For them, the joy is in the journey, and concepts such as time to proficiency, reliability of outcome, or the availability of personnel for operations are not front of mind.
It's different when individuals or organizations need better language capability to address military, diplomatic, commercial, medical or similar professional requirements. Suddenly the economics are critical. The more disruptive and costly something is, the less it can be used. Imagine that someone is removed... Read More »
LessonGin is the CL-150's lessoncreating technology that allows instructors or learners, regardless of technical background or teaching experience, to quickly create sophisticated multimedia lessons based on any content they choose, including authentic "breaking news" content from the web. Lessons range from beginner to advanced levels, and can focus on acquisition or sustainment, general proficiency or specialized performance domains.
New technology and features enhance the LessonGin experience:
LessonGin v1.1 Highlights
New LessonGin v1.1 Text-to-Speech Technology
New Text-to-Speech technology allows instructors to automatically generate foreign and native language pronunciation for items in their lesson. This option is useful for instructors who do not have time or the ability to record their own pronunciations.
LessonGin will automatically use this feature to generate default pronunciation for items when the Flash Card Editing screen is first opened for a lesson. Similarly, the new Text Audio option on the Activity Selection screen can automatically generate pronunciation for the entire main lesson text, and new Words In Context activity can generate pronunciation for example sentences. Users also have the option of generating pronunciation for individual items, paragraphs, or sentences if they choose.
Note: Auto-generated pronunciation should always be reviewed to be sure it is acceptable and matches the pronunciation intended, particularly for words that can be pronounced more than one way. If necessary, auto-generated pronunciation can be removed and replaced with pronunciation uploaded or recorded by the user. The Text-to-Speech feature is not available for all languages.
New LessonGin v1.1 Activities
When authoring a lesson, the instructor uses the Activity Selection screen to indicate which activities should be included. Three new activities are now available on the Activity Selection screen:
Text Translation presents the main text from the lesson alongside its meaning in an editable format. It can be used as a comprehension exercise for students on their own, or as an in-class exercise where students can change or correct the translation.
Words in Context shows each word or phrase from the lesson in a variety of contexts by showing how it was used in different sentences taken from earlier lessons or material. It is meant to be used as a presentation activity for instructor-led sessions.
Listening Comprehension asks students to answer instructor created questions based on the spoken material from the main text of the lesson. It can be used by students on their own, or as an in-class exercise.
New LessonGin v1.1 PDF Capabilities
LessonGin PDF output now includes embedded audio for the main lesson text, items from the vocabulary list, and the example sentences from the Words in Context activity. (Note: This feature requires the purchase of a special PDF reader to work on iOS, and may require the installation of a plugin to work with Adobe Acrobat on the desktop.)
Instructors can now also choose to include a printable answer key as part of the lesson PDF. This feature is controlled by the Answer Key option on the Activity Selection screen. When this option is marked, the answers for vocabulary-based activities will be included at the end of the PDF.
Asked & Answered:
Question: How long does it take to author a LessonGin lesson?
Answer: While creating a traditional multimedia lesson might take a week or more, LessonGin is designed to deliver a complete lesson, including up to 15 separate activities and a printable companion guide, in 45 minutes or less. Depending on which activities you select, you can have a lesson ready to launch in as little as 20 minutes. A few activities, such as those with Comprehension Questions, take a little more setup time, but you have full control over how many and which activities you choose to include in your lesson.
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
The list of language-learning materials available on the CL-150 is long and varied. There are courses, Rapid Rote lists, and LessonGin lessons in over 100 languages, at every proficiency level, addressing dozens of general and government-specific domains, from humanitarian relief to nuclear test site inspections. For students with materials assigned by an instructor or mentor, the other materials in the CL-150 are just an interesting extra benefit. For those learning on their own, however, it's sometimes difficult to know the best content to choose.
One factor in choosing content to learn is the distinction between official CL-150 content and user-created content. Generally, official content sets are listed first. You might see headings for "Essentials" or "200-Hour Familiarization Course" for example. Most official content was created for Government customers by Transparent Language. All official content was requested to be listed as such by some Government organization, to make it more noticeable and easier to find.
"User-Created Lists" or "User-Created Lessons" sections are shown below official content. Although any CL-150 user can create content, generally these materials are created by uniformed, government civilian or contract instructors in language schools and programs in the US military and government community. Much of this content is just as high quality as formal CL-150 content, and is only labeled "user-created" because no US organization has requested that it be grouped and featured as official content. However, Transparent Language has not vetted these materials, and some are student-created, so judgement is needed.
How to Submit Official Content
To have a content set listed as official content in the CL-150, send your request to your CL-150 Program Support Manager, or to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send you a reference document outlining how best to format your Rapid Rote lists. Submit your lists to us, along with the category name. We will confirm the request with the CL-150 POC for your organization, conduct a quick QA for format, and, barring any issues, post the materials under the new heading.
Asked & Answered:
Question: How long a text should I use for my LessonGin lesson?
Answer: Most instructors base LessonGin lessons on authentic materials found on the Internet or elsewhere. At the lowest levels of proficiency a 30 to 50 word excerpt can support a lot of student activity. At higher levels an entire news article or an excerpt of 300 to 500 words might be required to focus on more complex issues of grammar or discourse. In general, the selected passage should be no longer than needed to provide the contextual basis for the lexicon and concepts being addressed. Students seem to react well to passages that are current–the more recent the better–and tightly focused. More on LessonGin from the pedagogical perspective can be found here.
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
New CL-150 reporting features allow users to easily run more comprehensive reports on the progress of individual users, groups of users, and whole organizations, all within a specified date range. Users can print the reports, generate PDFs, or save CSV files to store the report information.
Class Activity Report
Available in the Instructor Portal and the Administration Portal, the Class Activity Report allows instructors and administrators to see class activity. Through the Instructor Portal, instructors can specify the date range and run reports on individual students, or all students in a class. Through the Administration Portal, administrators can choose any of their instructors' classes to report on. In either case, the report displays summary data for each student along with detailed data on class assignments, including the date assigned, date due, status as of the report date, and learning time. If a student worked with the program outside of assignments, the report will show that activity as well.
Instructor Activity Report
Available in the Administration Portal, the Instructor Activity Report is primarily meant to provide an overview of how the instructors for an organization used the program during a particular time period. Administrators can run reports on reporting groups, classes, or specific instructors. The information included in the report provides summary data about each instructor, along with information on the languages being taught, class names, and class details.
Program Manager Report
Available in the Administration Portal, the Program Manager Report allows program managers to gather information on a large number of users and their learned items. Program managers can run the report on reporting groups or classes, while also specifying dates, languages, and platforms (web, mobile, and/or desktop). For each user, the report will show all the languages used, as well as the learning time, the number of learned items, and the percentage of fresh, stale, and archived items.
Asked & Answered:
Question: Can I combine multiple Rapid Rote lists?
Answer: Yes! Here's how:
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LessonGin, the CL-150's lesson-creating technology, allows an instructor or learner without any special technical knowledge to create multimedia lessons based on authentic content in less than 45 minutes. In practice, most lessons are created in under 20-30 minutes. Every day, instructors and learners across the USG community are creating dozens of LessonGin lessons based on authentic source content. As a result, thousands of lessons are already available on the CL-150.
The list of LessonGin-supported languages keeps growing. LessonGin already supported Afrikaans, Albanian, Egyptian Arabic, Iraqi Arabic, Levantine Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, Sudanese Arabic, Yemeni Arabic, Armenian, Asturian, Aymara, Azerbaijani, Baluchi, Basque, Belorussian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Cambodian (Khmer), Catalan, Mandarin Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, English, Farsi, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Ojibwe, Pashto, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Castilian Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Wolof.
With the recent addition of Cornish, Hungarian, Kongo, Macedonian, Malagasy, Sicilian, Slovenian, Welsh, and Yoruba, LessonGin now supports more than 70 languages.
All US military and government personnel are eligible for CL-150 access, sponsored by the Department of Defense language portal, Joint Language University. Those not already registered on JLU should go to Joint Language University on the web at jlu.wbtrain.com and click the "Need an account?" link. CL-150 learners and instructors have access to hundreds of thousands of learning objects, along with a deep and broad array of learning activities for many languages and curricula, synchronized across web, laptop, and mobile devices. Some personnel access the CL-150 via other government portals - more information can be found at www.transparent.com/government.
Asked & Answered:
Question: I am changing from one organization to another. Can I transfer my CL-150 user data from an old account to a new one?
Answer: Yes! We call this "account rollover". You can begin the process from the profile page of your new CL-150 account. When you roll over an account, you transfer all your learning data from the old account to the new one. Your old account will then be deactivated. If you have authorized Rapid Rote Desktop or Rapid Rote Mobile with your old account, these programs will automatically start using the credentials of the new account after the rollover.
The Joint Language University portal is once again available to our CL-150 Users.
If you already have a JLU account, you may continue to access the CL-150 via JLU on your web browser at jlu.wbtrain.com.
If you do not have a JLU account you may create one at the JLU Portal at jlu.wbtrain.com. After your account is created, log in and select the "Resource" tab on the left side of the page, then select the CL-150 link. This will bring you to the CL-150 All Language Resources Page.
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
Beginning today, the Joint Language University portal is down for maintenance. The maintenance period is estimated to end on or before Friday, September 26th.
If you already have a JLU account, you may still access the CL-150 via your mobile device. Web browser access to the CL-150 via JLU is not possible during the maintenance period. We'll let you know when JLU is back online.
If you do not have a JLU account and want to create one, you can do so when the maintenance period ends. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and we'll let you know when JLU is back online. Thank you for your patience.
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
LessonGin allows an instructor or learner without any special technical knowledge to create multimedia lessons based on authentic content in less than 45 minutes. In practice, most lessons are created in under 30 minutes. Every day, instructors and learners across the USG community are creating dozens of LessonGin lessons based on authentic source content. As a result, even though LessonGin is quite new, thousands of lessons are already available on the CL-150.
The list of LessonGin-supported languages also keeps increasing. We already supported Albanian, Iraqi Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, Bengali, Catalan, Mandarin Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dari, English, Farsi, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Ojibwe, Pashto, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Castilian Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, and Turkish.
Today, we are pleased to announce LessonGin support for six more languages: Latvian, Lithuanian, Wolof, Danish, Hebrew, and Ukrainian.
Support for even more languages is coming soon!
To get the CL-150, go to Joint Language University on the web at jlu.wbtrain.com and click on "Need an account?" CL-150 learners and instructors have access to hundreds of thousands of learning objects, along with a deep and broad array of learning activities for many languages and curricula, synchronized across web, laptop, and mobile devices. More information on CL-150 availability can be found at www.transparent.com/government.
Language learning software intended for serious learners, instructors and language program managers is now available at no charge to all US Government personnel and programs via the Department of Defense web portal, Joint Language University.
Until now, the CL-150 was licensed for use only by Defense Language Institute, Special Operations Command, Joint Foreign Area Officers Program, and other language-intensive US organizations.
"Access to CL-150 for anyone with a .gov or .mil address is a major event," according to Dr. Donald Fischer, former Provost of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. "CL-150 has all the tools necessary to present materials, to practice language, and to track student and group progress. The folks behind JLU deserve a lot of credit and thanks for making this resource available to all government people."
The US is famously weak in language skills. In today's global environment, language deficiency significantly reduces opportunities and increases risk for US personnel and organizations. The human, operational and monetary costs of that deficiency are enormous. The purpose of the CL-150 is to improve the economics and effectiveness of language learning for both general use and for special purposes such as humanitarian relief, international relations or military liaison.
For over ten years, Transparent Language's "research based, experience driven" CL-150 Platform – or just "the CL-150" for short – has been developing innovative, unique capabilities and then honing those capabilities in real-world use at some of America's most stringent and rigorous language schools and programs.
"The CL-150 is serious," says Michael Quinlan, CEO of Transparent Language, "but serious is not the opposite of 'fun'. Serious is the opposite of 'pretend', the opposite of 'useless'. Serious is compelling, satisfying, addictive."
To get the CL-150, go to Joint Language University on the web at jlu.wbtrain.com and click on "Need an account?" CL-150 learners and instructors have access to hundreds of thousands of learning objects, along with and a deep and broad array of learning activities for many languages and curricula, synchronized across web, laptop and mobile devices. More information on CL-150 availability at www.transparent.com/government.
LessonGin allows instructors to make sophisticated multimedia courseware based on authentic content in 20 or 30 minutes, a process that used to take professional developers weeks or months (More details in the CL-150 Update of 22 October 2013, usg.transparent.com/community-news.html).
Since its CL-150 debut in September 2013, instructors have created hundreds of current, relevant, engaging, ILR level-appropriate, technology-enabled lessons with LessonGin.
LessonGin initially supported 22 languages: Arabic Modern Standard, Chinese Mandarin, Croatian, Dari, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Pashto, Portuguese-Brazilian, Portuguese-European, Russian, Serbian, Spanish Castilian, Spanish Latin American, Thai and Turkish.
Since then we've released LessonGin support for more languages, including Albanian, Arabic Iraqi, Bengali, Catalan, Czech, Finnish, Georgian, Irish, Norwegian, Ojibwe, Polish, Romanian, Somali, Swahili, Swedish and Tagalog.
Hindi, Nepali and other languages are coming soon.
Asked & Answered:
Question: I am an instructor and I create many lessons with LessonGin. However when I look at other instructors' lessons, they sometimes seem incomplete, like an experiment or practice rather than a serious effort. Can you get rid of these?
Answer: We've noticed the same thing. LessonGin is a time-saving, high-quality, rapid development tool that generates high interest. A lot of instructors are experimenting.
Instructors can easily delete lessons they've made that are not intended for student use, and we ask them to, but it seems that many forget. We are hesitant to delete without permission.
Fortunately, making LessonGin lessons is fast enough that many instructors prefer to make a new one rather than use something from even a few days ago.
We have some ideas, but we don't have a comprehensive solution yet. Meanwhile, you will need to open and look at any lesson made by someone else to see if it is intended for serious use and sharing.
EveryVoice Updates: Speech-driven language learning activities to keep you talking.
Rapid Rote in the CL-150 now offers several engaging learning activities powered by Transparent Language's EveryVoice technology. EveryVoice allows you to answer by speaking in the target language, rather than by using your mouse or keyboard. It is specifically designed to drive language training, and it works for virtually any language in the world.
We've recently released a number of significant improvements to EveryVoice, so this is a great time to check it out, whether or not you've ever tried it before.
You can find EveryVoice-powered speech activities for your language in the Learned Items tab of Rapid Rote. Simply choose the Multiple Choice activity (shown above) or the Pronunciation activity (shown below).
You will also see speech-driven activities in CL-150 courses whenever the instructor or course author chooses to include them.
We're glad! Fast-paced learning activities that respond to your spoken voice can be compelling, even addictive. That's our goal, of course, because we want language learners to be comfortable with saying what they are thinking in the target language with confidence and without hesitation.
Commercial speech recognition engines don't exist for less well-known languages, but the US humanitarian responders, linguists, and others that we support still need to learn and sustain those languages. Speaking aloud is just as important for less-common languages as it is for major languages... maybe more so.
EveryVoice accounts for male vs. female voices, slow vs. fast pronunciation, pauses in the middle of phrases, and most other differentials that don't affect whether or not an utterance is correct. We're confident that EveryVoice is already the most capable technology of its kind available anywhere, and we are constantly working to make it better. We welcome your comments, complaints, or suggestions; email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't like it yet?
You can always use your mouse or keyboard instead of your voice in any of the EveryVoice-enabled activities in Rapid Rote or CL-150 courses. But we hope you'll soon find that speaking your answers is more interesting.
It's true that speech technology is tricky, and even the best technologies get things wrong sometimes. EveryVoice is further challenged by having to work for many more languages. On the other hand, we understand language learners and language learning really well. Because EveryVoice is our technology, we can concentrate exactly on what EveryVoice needs to do to deliver effective and compelling language-learning experiences. In particular, we focus on aspects of pronunciation that most affect intelligibility, which range from detailed phonetic mispronunciations to higher-level properties pertaining to far more than individual speech sounds.
We update EveryVoice with enhancements and improvements frequently. If you are not already losing track of the clock as you, for instance, rack up one correct Multiple Choice answer after another by saying the right phrase aloud in your target language, we hope you will soon. Please tell us how it's going by emailing us at email@example.com.
EveryVoice tips and tricks
Asked & Answered: Reporting and Metrics
Question: I am a Command Language Program Manager (CLPM) managing personnel with various mission languages and proficiency levels. I also have a cadre of language instructors and mentors. How do I report on my unit's training efforts?
Answer: Creating one or more reporting groups in our new Administrator Portal will provide you with metrics and insight into language acquisition, independent sustainment, instructor/mentor-lead refresher, enhancement, etc. by all your personnel.
To create and run a reporting group or groups:
Click on the "Program Manager Report" tab to run Group reports. Reports currently track total training time on any learner-synched devices (iPhone and Android phones and tablets, PCs, and Macs) within a specified timeframe, as well as total "Learned Items" with sub-totals for "Fresh, Stale, and Archived".
You can also run reports and assess language instructor and mentor performance by entering a class name in the "Classes" block.
You can also share your reports with other training administrators by clicking on "Add Admins" (look for the plus symbol) and providing email addresses.
Watch the help video on CL-150 account creation and reporting group enrollment here.
Watch the help video on utilizing the Administrator Portal here.
Transparent Language is the developer of the CL-150 Platform (the CL-150). The CL-150 is a constantly growing, intensely language-centric technology platform focused on U.S. Government language requirements including Initial Acquisition, Sustainment and Enhancement, Pre-deployment training, assessment and more. Its purpose is to enable transformational economics, logistics, reliability, and visibility in U.S. Government language training and sustainment programs.