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English Enhancement Course Adds to Countering Transnational Organized Crime Network:Fifteen participants from 10 countries have now entered a network of more than 12,500 security professionals from 153 nations after graduating from the English Language Enhancement Course (ELEC) at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies April 3.

This English language course is a specially tailored five-week, resident program for participants who will be attending the Marshall Center’s Program on Countering Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC), which starts April 5.

“This is an absolutely unique language program, which combines language skills development with the authentic CTOC content,” said Peggy Garza, chair of the English Language Programs Department for the Marshall Center’s Partner Language Training Center Europe (PLTCE). She oversees the ELEC courses.

She said that ELEC instructors – Jim Hinze and Thomas Soule – provide an atmosphere where the participants are at ease and able to practice and improve their English communication skills.

“During the last five weeks, we have had an excellent opportunity to improve our English language skills,” said Gheorghe Badia, deputy head of On-site Banking of the Supervision Division at the National Bank in Moldova. “We also established a CTOC network and made real friends from different continents, and through our discussions, we learned about the challenges our countries are facing.”

The instructors tailor the curriculum and vocabulary needed by security professionals who fight organized crime, focusing on presentation skills, public speaking practice and discussion strategies.

“The ELEC course gave us the opportunity to figure out all the different aspects of countering transnational organized crime,” said Maj. Heni Ben Youssef, chief of the Intelligence and Investigation Section of the Ministry of Defense in Tunisia.

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English Enhancement Course Adds to Countering Transnational Organized Crime Network:Fifteen participants from 10 countries have now entered a network of more than 12,500 security professionals from 153 nations after graduating from the English Language Enhancement Course (ELEC) at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies April 3.