Cultural Competence Frequently Asked Questions
Want to know something about LTC’s cultural competence training? Check here to find your answers!
Where are you located?
Our corporate headquarters is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. We also have a satellite office in Orlando, Florida.
Where are LTC programs offered?
We run cultural competence programs in 40 states in the U.S. as well as in Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa. We have been successfully working worldwide with the federal government for 3 years providing training in over 60 locations nationally and internationally to government linguists.
In addition to on-site courses, we can conduct cultural competence programs on-site, or even make a home visit if desired. If a face-to-face class is not possible to arrange do to your schedule or location, we offer classes remotely via free platforms like Skype, FaceTime, Lync, etc.
What are target and source cultures and countries?
Your target is the culture or country that you want to learn about. The source culture or country is your home, or place of residence.
What cultures does LTC specialize in?
LTC specializes in U.S, Chinese, Brazilian, Mexican, Korean, and Indian cultural training programs.
How do I get started with my cultural competence training?
Start by completing the online needs analysis, and we will contact you to chat about your goals for your program of interest. After an initial discussion, if a cultural competence program with LTC sounds like a good fit, we’ll schedule an appointment to speak more in depth about your program either in person or over the phone, and plan your class and curriculum options!
How do I implement a private or group cultural competence training program at my workplace?
Email us anytime and one of our cultural specialists will reach out to you and discuss what your company’s needs are for cultural competence training. After we determine what you want and need, one of our curriculum coordinators will develop a program that is best suited to your business or organization, and determine an appropriate program schedule.
How is the curriculum developed?
Our curriculum coordinators carefully design your curriculum and instructional materials by combining information from your needs analysis, assessment(s), purpose of study, time constraints, learning styles and goals.
Our coordinators will then work with YOUR instructor to plan a syllabus for your program and design the activities, tasks and exercises that will make up your class. These include real-life business and daily-life scenarios and situations, readings, podcasts and other content which drive you to meaningful conversations about cultural similarities and differences.
Your curriculum plan is customized for you for YOUR optimal learning experience!
How are trainings interactive?
Our trainings collect key information on your culture of study and transfer it to you via conversations and interactive activities. In this setting, participants assimilate lots of information in a short amount of time and without the task of memorizing it. The interactive nature of our course enables YOU to recall your training just when you need to!
How are instructors chosen?
Our instructors love everything about culture and are passionate educators. What’s more they are experienced in our methodology. Their backgrounds are vast, ranging from linguistics to specific languages to education, among other areas of expertise. All instructors minimally hold Bachelor’s degrees, though many hold advanced degrees.
Each instructor is carefully selected to work with you. Your instructor is selected by a program manager to guide you to achieve your language goals. Your instructors will also report progress, success, and emerging needs to program managers, who will then organize that information and relay it to you as well as any other representative who needs it.
Will my teacher be a native of the culture I’m studying?
Almost definitely yes. All LTC instructors have native experience within or have lived extensively in your target country or culture.
Will I keep the same teacher throughout my language program?
Probably, yes. Our first choice is always to keep you with the same instructor from start to finish. But in some circumstances – for example, if you go on an extended vacation, miss 15 consecutive business days, or some other unforeseen problem occurs – you may be placed with a new teacher.
Does LTC offer school credit?
In some circumstances, we can arrange to transfer LTC coursework into credits for your school, but most of the time school credit is not available.
Will LTC support my student visa?
Unfortunately, at this time we cannot support student visas.
Do I need to pass a test or get accepted into an LTC course?
No, there are no prerequisites to take an LTC cultural competence training course. We welcome everyone, no matter your level of language expertise!
How often should someone go through a cross cultural training?
After you complete your cultural competence training, we recommend you take an additional program at least once per year for the duration of the time you are living in your target culture. This allows YOU to reflect on what worked and what needs improved as YOU continue to work and live in a new culture.