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2Lt Fred Montagne-Wills 6 RIFLES attends Language Academy Course at the Naval Academy in Gdynia, Poland.

2Lt Fred Montagne-Wills is a reservist Officer, 6 RIFLES attends language Course in Gdynia, Poland July 2017

Currently a student of Geography at Exeter University, Fred has an interest in Strategic Studies hoping to continue his studies in this field next year. The CIOR French Course in Poland has given him a rare opportunity to enhance his language skills which will no doubt help him in his civilian career in the future.

This summer I had the privilege of attending the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (commonly referred to by its French acronym CIOR) Language Academy summer course, hosted at the Naval Academy in Gdynia, Poland. The two week course was designed to provide reservist officers from across NATO with Standardisation Agreement (STANAG) approved qualifications in either French or English as a foreign language. 

A new record of 81 French and English foreign language students attended (compared to 65 in 2016, and 37 in 2015), 17 instructors and 2 administrative staff across 17 different nations. As students, we spent the two weeks undertaking a series of grammar and language lessons; we were also treated to a number of military and culture-themed visits hosted by the Poles, including one to the Polish Navy frigate Generał Tadeusz Kościuszko, as well as the well-known castle of the Teutonic Order of Malbork.

The course culminated in a French language exam up to NATO STANAG level 3333; conducted as authorized by the French Direction des resources humaines de l'armée de Terre (DRHAT).

The calibre and motivation of the instructors, as well as the flexibility and professionalism shown by the support staff, made the course a thoroughly enjoyable and wholly worthwhile experience.