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Re: Second Language Training / Profile [MERGED]
« Reply #475 on: May 21, 2016, 12:07:15 »
If you're near a major base they have half day courses as well as some drop in stuff. You'd have to get your unit to sign off on paying you all those half days to take it. Anything more than that, and it's extremely competitive for the RegF members, which likely means next to impossible for Cl A types.

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Re: Second Language Training / Profile [MERGED]
« Reply #476 on: May 21, 2016, 12:11:35 »
If you're near a major base they have half day courses as well as some drop in stuff. You'd have to get your unit to sign off on paying you all those half days to take it. Anything more than that, and it's extremely competitive for the RegF members, which likely means next to impossible for Cl A types.

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« Reply #477 on: April 09, 2017, 22:41:03 »
Recently had my placement interview and am heading off on year-long french training in Saint-Jean.  I am still in the dark a bit regarding the course structure.  I have the dates but that's about it.

Questions that come to mind are class sizes, course structure, how much leave I should burn heading into it / will there be Christmas / march break block.  I figure most of what I am looking for is on the CFLS SharePoint site just have not had the time to locate it.

Anyone completed year-long SLT in the last couple years (since '13 we will say) that might be able to help me out?

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« Reply #478 on: July 09, 2017, 11:05:17 »
Is language testing only available in Ottawa?  I'm currently out of country and I'm wondering if there's a way to do it remotely, with an invigilator if necessary?

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Learning a Second Language for BMQ and my career with the CF
« Reply #479 on: September 23, 2017, 21:57:58 »
Received this question via PM.

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I was hoping to ask you a quick question about BMQ. How helpful would it be to be able to speak a solid amount of french. Also would you recommend me becoming fully fluent in French eventually?

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Learning a Second Language for BMQ and my career with the CF
« Reply #480 on: October 02, 2017, 19:52:09 »
Hey all.

So I was just wondering if anyone has some first hand knowledge on the subject of picking up an official second language (of course it being french) for when I leave for St. Jean and also how it could benefit me throughout my career with the CF?

Thanks in Advance!

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Re: Learning a Second Language for BMQ and my career with the CF
« Reply #481 on: October 02, 2017, 19:56:36 »
I doubt there will be time for official SLT (Second Language Training) during BMQ (like, zero time).  If you are doing BMQ and starting out as a NCM, I would worry about getting thru Basic and your initial occupation training.

There can/are some benefits to having a second language, but the time to wonder and pursue those are after BMQ.  Focus on the puck for now.   :2c:
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Re: Learning a Second Language for BMQ and my career with the CF
« Reply #482 on: October 02, 2017, 20:06:05 »
Alright! Thanks for the quick answer my friend!
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Re: Learning a Second Language for BMQ and my career with the CF
« Reply #483 on: October 02, 2017, 20:14:44 »
No problem.  There is the potential, later on after your are MOC qualified, to pursue SLT but there are so many variables that could make that happen/not happen, its actually pretty hard to guess accurately. 
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Re: Learning a Second Language for BMQ and my career with the CF
« Reply #484 on: October 03, 2017, 03:14:04 »
NCM or Officer, don't count on getting Second Language Training (SLT) unless you happen to be posted to a unit that is the opposite of your first language and even then, it's not guaranteed. There is an online option that the CAF offers members once they are in. There's Rosetta Stone, Duolingo, etc. as well. The availability of SLT over the last few years has dropped dramatically. Whereas officers used to get a few weeks at the end of basic, that program ended about 10 years ago. Positions at the Captain level on the year-long French course exist but in my trade, there are no ATL credits (think positions at an imaginary unit) so any unit that wants to send a Captain on the course has to keep the member on there list for the duration. That is just the case for the artillery mind you, I can't comment on other trades. Essentially the only group of officers that gets SLT in any number is those who went to RMC. As for NCMs, I have seen a few people get it but it would be in the range of 0-2 every year from a Regiment of approximately 500 soldiers.

I'm not sure how far away from BMQ you are but if you have the opportunity to take a course through your local College, I'd recommend it. Many offer night time classes that can give you a quick primer and help you get a solid base for self-study.

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