Critical Language Scholarship Program | CLS Refresh
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CLS Refresh

One of the key goals of the CLS Pro­gram is to sup­port schol­ars to learn crit­i­cal lan­guages and con­tin­ue their study and use of those lan­guages after the end of their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pro­gram. In order to sub­stan­tive­ly con­tribute to the con­tin­ued devel­op­ment of crit­i­cal lan­guage skills by CLS Pro­gram schol­ars, we are pleased to announce CLS Refresh, a new lan­guage learn­ing offer­ing for alum­ni of the CLS Pro­gram. This oppor­tu­ni­ty will pro­vide vir­tu­al lan­guage instruc­tion for approx­i­mate­ly 220 CLS alum­ni begin­ning in Octo­ber 2021, at no cost to the alum­ni select­ed to participate.

Alum­ni who par­tic­i­pate in CLS Refresh will receive up to 40 hours of vir­tu­al tutor­ing over the course of the pro­gram peri­od, between Octo­ber 1, 2021 and Feb­ru­ary 28, 2022. Instruc­tion will be indi­vid­u­al­ized and sched­uled to accom­mo­date a vari­ety of pro­fes­sion­al and aca­d­e­m­ic sched­ules and stu­dents in dif­fer­ent time zones. 

Each indi­vid­u­al­ized course will include:

  • Between one and four hours of instruc­tion each week (with flex­i­bil­i­ty for U.S. and host coun­try holidays), 
  • Up to 40 hours of instruc­tion in total, and 
  • Reg­u­lar indi­vid­ual feed­back from instructors. 

All alum­ni of the CLS Pro­gram in good stand­ing are eli­gi­ble to apply for this oppor­tu­ni­ty, includ­ing those not locat­ed in the Unit­ed States. Alum­ni who would like to par­tic­i­pate must sub­mit an appli­ca­tion, artic­u­lat­ing a pro­posed course of study (approx­i­mate num­ber of hours per week and length of engage­ment) as well as describ­ing their moti­va­tions for par­tic­i­pa­tion and how they have been using their CLS lan­guage since the con­clu­sion of their program. 

The appli­ca­tion dead­line is Sep­tem­ber 1, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT. Select­ed alum­ni will be noti­fied of their accep­tance in mid-Sep­tem­ber and asked to work with their assigned host insti­tute and the Pro­gram Coor­di­na­tor to final­ize a sched­ule for instruc­tion by Octo­ber 52021

Inter­est­ed alum­ni should review dates and times avail­abil­i­ty for their CLS lan­guage and com­plete the appli­ca­tion here: CLS Refresh 2021 Application