For those of us who do not have the luxury of taking foreign language classes on a regular basis, the internet can provide a wealth of opportunities to continue foreign language study. Yet, it doesn’t take long before one exhausts Google searches, YouTube and the blogosphere in an attempt to find something truly challenging and slightly more like curriculum/coursework. This is particularly true for people who are studying less commonly taught languages.
BUT – have no fear, there’s a solution: G.L.O.S.S. (Global Language Online Support System). G.L.O.S.S. is run by the Defense Language Institute (DLI), which is an educational organ in the U.S. Department of Defense that provides foreign language training for federal employees. While G.L.O.S.S. is geared towards this same group of individuals, it is not at all exclusively for government workers.
In fact, if you’re learning Albanian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Chinese, Croatian, Dari, Egyptian-Arabic, French, Greek, Gulf-Arabic, Hausa, Hindi, Indonesian, Iraqi-Arabic, Japanese, Korean (South), Korean (North), Kurdish-Sorani, Kurmanji, Levantine-Arabic, Pashto, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Turkmen, Urdu, or Uzbek, then you can click on this link and start using it to study right now.
The best part about G.L.O.S.S. is that it works on multiple aspects of language acquisition on subjects ranging from security to the environment and culture. It also uses the DLI language proficiency rating system (1, 1+, 2, 2+, etc.), which will help you understand how different your level varies based on each subject about which you’re learning.
G.L.O.S.S. is a great, free resource and it’s also very interactive. If you have the time to dedicate to studying but no way to enroll in a class, this is a great way to do it.