The Language Flagship

Culture Initiative


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FLAGSHIP culture initiative

Scenario-Based Intercultural Learning for U.S. Students of Languages

The Flagship Culture Initiative (FCI) is a collaborative, inter-institutional, international and cross-language initiative to provide U.S. Language Flagship students of Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian with opportunities for articulated intercultural learning in both domestic and overseas contexts.

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Online Modules for Students of Arabic, Portuguese, and Russian

The Culture App is a series of online modules based on intercultural scenarios for U.S. undergraduate students of Arabic, Portuguese or Russian. The Culture App modules were designed for use in domestic Language Flagship programs prior to Flagship students’ capstone year overseas. They can be used with any students of Arabic, Portuguese or Russian prior to a sojourn abroad or with other students in domestic courses focused on intercultural learning.

To create an account to access the modules, all you need is a valid email address.

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Cultural Roundtables

for Overseas Flagship Capstone Programs in Arabic and Russian

The Flagship Culture Initiative Cultural Roundtables build on themes similar to those in the online modules in the Culture App, but are designed for on-site, moderated group discussions that draw upon the actual experiences of Language Flagship capstone students as they undergo the process of socialization into the host country culture.

How to cite the Culture App:

Anishchenkova, V., Bass, J., Carvalho Borges, A., Comer, W. J., Davidson, D. E., Evans-Romaine, K., Garas, N., Hanafy, A., Lekic, M. D., Moser, R., Murphy, D., Rodriguez, J. C., Tschudi, S. L., & Arronte, A. (2019, June). The Culture App Version (1.0). The Language Flagship Culture Initiative. The Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center. Retrieved [month, day, year], from

The Flagship Culture Initiative was supported by a 3-year grant (2017-2020) to the University of Maryland from the Institute of International Education (IIE), acting as the administrative agent of the National Security Education Program (NSEP), Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) for The Language Flagship.

The Language Flagship is a national initiative to change the way Americans learn languages through a groundbreaking approach to language education through a network of programs at institutions of higher education across the United States. The Language Flagship graduates students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of proficiency in one of ten languages critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.

This website has been developed and is maintained by The Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center. The content of this website and of the Culture App do not necessarily reflect the position of policy of the U.S. government. No official government endorsement should be inferred.


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