Lewis Foreign Language Program Selected to Teach ROTC Cadets

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Dept. of Defense Selects Lewis University Foreign Language Program to Teach Russian to ROTC Cadets

Published: July 27, 2022.

Lewis University Foreign Language Program was awarded a $355,000 Project Global Officer (Project GO) grant from the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO of the U.S. Department of Defense.  

Lewis University, the Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania and the University of Georgia were selected to provide domestic eight-week intensive proficiency-based instruction in beginning Russian totaling 200 hours of academic hours for 28 nationally-recruited ROTC cadets. Project GO participants are expected to achieve a minimum of ILR Level 1 proficiency through critical language study equivalent to four semesters or 12 credits of language instruction.

The goal of the project is to prepare future military officers to serve in countries with Russian-speaking populations and to communicate with the local population and their foreign counterparts in military or peace-keeping operations while serving the nation overseas.

Project GO is open to all qualified ROTC students, offering fully-funded opportunities in critical language education, and cross-cultural experience. Through Project GO, future military officers develop linguistic and cross-cultural communication skills required for effective leadership for all Services in the 21st-century operational environment. The grant is administered by the Institute of International Education. Any interested ROTC student nationwide is eligible to apply for a scholarship at www.rotcprojectgo.org.  

In the summer of 2023, the selected ROTC students will be provided classroom instruction along with full board and accommodation on the Lewis University Campus in Romeoville, Ill. Classroom sessions will be supplemented by afternoon and evening activities immersing students in contemporary Russian culture. Language maintenance courses and tutorials will continue throughout the 2023-2024 academic year.  

Lewis University Project GO program is co-directed by Roman Ortega Jr, executive director for international affairs and director of veteran affairs & recruitment and Dr. Serafima Gettys, coordinator of the Foreign Language Program and associate professor of foreign language.

ROTC students interested in this opportunity are encouraged to contact Dr. Gettys at gettysse@lewisu.edu for more information.  

Lewis University is an innovative Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,400 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, and globally-connected graduates who impact the world for the better. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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