The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are being felt across all military activities including training and courses being undertaken in the UK and overseas.
The Brigade Culture and Language Team (BCLT) has been no exception to this as it adapts to COVID-19 restrictions to deliver the Nepali language and culture training in the ‘new normal’.
The Survival Nepali Language Course (SNLC) in Nepal had just completed Week 4 and the Doko Run on 20th March 2020 as the decision was made to repatriate the instructors and students back to the UK. It was a blow to the students who were expecting to complete the course in Nepal but everyone understood the logic to cut short the course as Nepal moved into lockdown to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic on the 22nd March.
Due to the current circumstances, the BCLT Instructors have been busy in the design and delivery of an online adaptation of the Nepali language training to the Young Officers (YO) in order to minimise skill fade as well as bring them up to the required Standard Language Profile Level 1 (SLP 1) in Listening and Speaking. The BCLT Instructors are delivering training remotely links using an app called Zoom, which is generally used to facilitate video meetings across many businesses around the world.
The BCLT is planning to re-convene and conclude the course in Camberley in June and hopes to qualify as many students as possible for the Standard Language Profile (SLP) Level 1 as set by the MOD Language Assessment Board (LAB).