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CIA Inaugurates New Foreign Language Immersion Center

The CIA has opened a state-of-the-art foreign language immersion facility that is designed to expand its ability to deliver critical language training to officers. The new immersion center underscores the Agency’s commitment to advance foreign language acquisition and maintenance.

The foreign language immersion facility supports the training of language-capable officers, helping them deepen language skills and remain mission ready throughout their careers. The facility provides an expansive immersion environment in which officers can master the subtleties of foreign language and culture.

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, CIA Associate Deputy Director V. Sue Bromley said, “We must make sure that officers who need language ability to do their jobs have language skills. That includes analysts, collectors, technical experts, support officers, and others who may be assigned overseas- or who research and study foreign documents. It is those students who will benefit tremendously from this new facility.”

According to CIA Director David Petraeus, “Intelligence officers with true proficiency in a foreign language gain a powerful professional advantage. Our new immersion facility is an important step forward in helping our officers strengthen their language fitness.”

CIA’s Senior Language Authority lauded the center’s mission: “Foreign language ability is a highly perishable skill. Languages are learned and maintained only through regular practice and interaction with native speakers. This facility will provide an excellent venue for officers to perfect their skills with the help of our talented instructors.”

The CIA is seeking people with strong foreign language skills. See the Language Positions page for a list of current job openings.

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Posted: May 03, 2012 10:19 AM
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2013 12:59 PM