Employees who speak more than one language typically earn between 5 and 20 percent more per hour than the base rate, according to Salary.com website.
The CIA has a Language Hiring Bonus Program (offering up to $35,000) for individuals who speak a critical language. Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Russian are on the critical language list.
According to World Population Review (2020), the top 10 most spoken languages are: 1) Mandarin Chinese, 2) Spanish, 3) English, 4) French, 5) Hindustanti, 6) Arabic, 7) Portuguese, 8) Bengali, 9) Russian and 10) Japanese.
How is the Critical Languages Program different from other languages in the World Languages Department?
- The Critical Language Program (CLP) is a self-instructional language program that follows the recommended format of the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs (NASILP).
- Students attend regularly scheduled classes to practice skills with a native speaker Drill Instructor. Class sizes are small in order to support communication.
- Outside of the drill sessions, students follow a course plan and work through the material on their own.
- Student progress is assessed by an external qualified professor (examiner).
What languages are offered in the Critical Languages Program?
We offer the following courses in the Critical Languages Program:
How is placement done for students who do not need to begin at the 1001 level?
Native speakers are not eligible to take CL Classes, but heritage speakers are allowed. A heritage speaker is someone who speaks the language but has not been educated in the language.
Students who are new to the language or have only very basic skills will start with 1001.
If you have some background with the language and would like to see if you are eligible to start at a higher level, please contact one of the CL Coordinators to schedule a level placement assessment.