By Lieutenant Aviator Pilot Diego Renato Avalos Carmona, Mexican Air Force –
As part of the Military Training and Cooperation Program (MTCP), the Canadian Forces Language School (CFLS) allows for international Defence Team members who are partners of Canada to come here and learn Canadian culture, democracy, and language. This article is the first of a two-part feature on recent graduates from the CFLS.
Ever since humankind’s first steps, it has been necessary to rely on one another. We could not have made it this far if not for the ability to set common goals focused on achieving our mutual wellbeing. This is the basic foundation on which all great alliances are built. However, cooperation cannot be achieved without understanding, which in turn cannot be achieved without communication. And it has not always been easy to communicate with our peers. Barriers, either language-wise or culture-wise have always represented an issue; one that must definitely be tackled.
All the personnel involved in Canadian Armed Forces’ Military Training and Cooperation Program know that these barriers must be eliminated, and have been a leading example in the development of programs aimed at breaking down those obstacles. Such is the case of the Language Teacher Training Course, where foreign allied personnel such as myself are able to develop their skills in Language Teaching, with the aim that when we go back to our home countries, we will be able to continue breaking these barriers in the most effective way possible.
Throughout this course I have been able to witness the effects that cultural barriers can have on someone, and it has only led me to a deeper understanding of the importance that these type of programs hold. I am certain that each and every one of us will go back to our countries with a lot more knowledge than we arrived with. The professionalism and passion that we’ve encountered within everyone involved in the course has been second to none, and gives us a really good image of the values on which Canada was formed. I have nothing but respect and admiration for a country represented by such high-calibre individuals.
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