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The SOFTS Schoolhouse will be closed on the following dates:
Monday, January 20, 2020 for Martin Luther King Day.
vConnect version update
We are rolling out a new version of our vConnect Virtual Classroom on Monday morning September 23rd, 2019. After this time, the next time you enter your SOFTS vConnect classroom, your web browser will ask you to download and install the new version. Since you’re currently in a SOFTS class (or recently have been in a SOFTS class), the process should be very smooth. There will just be a few dialog boxes that you’ll have to click through in order to allow the new version to push the new client to your computer.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at the helpdesk, either by phone (315-214-7311) or by email, email@example.com.
- SOFTS Helpdesk
Attending a USSOCOM CLPM Basic Course?
The next scheduled Basic Course will be 9-13 December 2019 at Duke Field, FL. If you are an incoming CLPM, please contact Dr. Maurice Pickett, Maurice.firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Joe Shakeenab, email@example.com for more information.
SOFTS and CL-150 Update
Effective immediately, CL-150 is no longer available or accessible through SOFTS.
Due to fiscal constraints and other compelling requirements, USSOCOM and the SOF Language Office did not renew the SOF enterprise license for CL150. Therefore, the username and password you used previously with USSOCOM's license is no longer valid.
Students interested in additional language practice can participate in tutoring outside of class hours in their regular classroom. To schedule a tutoring session you must coordinate directly with your instructor to schedule a time and your instructor will submit the request on SOFTS Online. All tutoring requests must be submitted at least 2 business days in advance. You will receive a confirmation email from the SOFTS Helpdesk if your tutoring session has been approved.
Required SOFTS OPI Testing
Attention SOFTS Students:
As you know, the SOFTS Joint Language School is managed by HQ USSOCOM, Special Operations Forces Language office (SOFLO) at MacDill AFB. SOFLO requires that all students who complete a class that is a minimum of 60 hours long, and who attend a minimum of 60% of the class, must take an End of Course Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) towards the end of their class for continuation in the SOFTS program.
FAILURE TO COMPLETE AN END OF COURSE OPI WILL MAKE YOU INELIGIBLE FOR FUTURE CLASSES ON SOFTS.
The OPI is an oral test that is used to determine your current speaking capability in a target language. Proficiency is rated using the ILR scale. For more information about this scale, you can login to SOFTS Online and open the "ACTFL Guidelines" located under the External Resources on the left side of the page.
These End of Course OPIs are not official and will not go on your record. The SOFLO requires that you take the End of Course OPI as the final exam for your class and it will also help in the future to ensure that each of you get placed into the appropriate class based on your actual proficiency level. Being placed in the right class will benefit your learning experience and place you in class with others at a similar level.
Per the SOFLO, all students must complete an End of Course Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) through SOFTS in order to be eligible for enrollment in future courses, even if you are scheduled for an official OPI through your component for the same language that you are taking with SOFTS.
If you are scheduled for a DLPT, you will still need to take the End of Course OPI. SOFTS class content focuses primarily on speaking and since the OPI helps to determine what your current speaking proficiency is, those scores are required to ensure appropriate class placement. If you do also take a DLPT, please input those scores in your profile during the registration process as they will be taken into account during class placement.
For most languages, you will have the opportunity to take an OPIc (Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer) and you will able to do so online. For languages where the OPIc is not available, we will work with you to schedule a day and time with an OPI tester. If it is a telephonic OPI, the exams need to be scheduled Monday through Friday between 0900-1800ET, but we will work with you to coordinate a time that works for both you and the tester during the last weeks of class.
If you have any questions, please contact the SOFLO at firstname.lastname@example.org or the SOFTS Helpdesk at email@example.com anytime.
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