OLMO – Online Learning Module- is a website that provides reading and listening materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages aimed at the Advanced and Superior levels based on the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  Currently the site offers modules in seven languages – Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Persian, and Turkish.  

OLMO was developed in order to provide language learning materials that are easy to access from anywhere in the world, regardless of textbook, program, and school, and to enable LCTL learners to continue to develop and maintain their language ability.  In addition, the topics covered by the modules are related to regional studies including issues that are most relevant and pressing in the regions in which those LCT languages are spoken.  By reading and listening to materials of this kind of subject, it is hoped that learners increase their vocabularies as well as enhance their ability to understand the target region through the target language.     

How To Use OLMO?

It’s easy. 

1. Click Language Tab and choose your language, and

2. select a level (Advanced or Superior) and a topic.

It will take you to the beginning of a module.  Each module is designed so that a learner can complete in one to two hours depending on their language level.  To determine which level, Advanced or Superior, is appropriate for your level, please go to ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines Tab to see description.

Acknowledgement

The development of OLMO was made possible under the auspices of the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) grant program in the International Foreign Language Education (IFLE) program of US Department of Education.  We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the US Department of Education for awarding us the UISFL grant.