Presentation on theme: "A Successful Language Program"— Presentation transcript:
1 A Successful Language Program 2009 CHINESE LEARN CONFERENCELuba Grant & Richard DonovanDefense Language Institute Foreign Language CenterDisclaimer: The views, opinions, and all findings contained in this presentation are those of the author(s) of this presentation and do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army, or the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center
5 Program Management (cont’) Technology (to support program as required by curriculum)AvailabilityPedagogically SoundTraining of Faculty and Students
6 FACULTY Personnel: 143 Teachers Professional Development Hiring (FY08 to date: 33)QualificationsEffective Working GroupsProfessional DevelopmentProvide Opportunities for Academic & Leadership TrainingPromote Professional Presentations (Language Teaching & Research Forum)
7 Student Feedback/Evaluation Feedback to the StudentsDuring the CourseClassroom AssessmentTestsDiagnostic AssessmentFormal CounselingPost-Course:Proficiency Evaluation Based on ILR ScaleDLPT 5
8 Student Feedback & Evaluation (cont’) Feedback From Students:Questionnaires During and After CourseSensing Sessions
9 Collaboration – Sharing of Ideas & Resources Among & Between FacultyCross CampusInstitutional Partnerships
10 Motivation Be Inclusive Encourage Innovation Coach/Mentor Be Fair Make Goals Achievable
16 Develop a Vision Seek to Understand Previous Vision Analyze what happened and how it could have been done differentlyWhere is the divergence?How it can be resolved?
17 Inspiration Provide Guidance Set Challenges Develop Healthy CompetitionRedirect if NeededRecognize ProgressReward Achievement
18 Resolving Problems “WHAT If?” vice “If ONLY!” Approach Appreciative Inquiry – Technique to Solve Problems and Create New TheoriesCollect Opinions Through DialogueDefine Problem in Practical TermsMaintain Open MindDon’t Accept “un-executable”
19 Grant’s 11 Leadership Principles Build the “Right” TeamKeep Your People InformedDevelop Subordinates Through DelegationSeek and Take Responsibility (accept “just” criticism)Make Sound and Timely DecisionsSet Example Through Your Own Actions
20 Leadership Principles Communicate and Supervise (ensure understanding of tasks)Seek and Encourage Self-Improvement9. Be Technically Proficient10. Know Your People11. Care for Your Staff
21 Asian I Chinese Program Student Results FY 08 (DLPT IV & 5)66% achieved 2/2/1+26% achieved 2+/2+/2FY09 to date (DLPT5)72% achieved 2/2/1+32% achieved 2+/2+/2
22 Words of Wisdom Chinese Proverb … “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”“植树的最佳时间是20年前，现在还为时不晚.”
25 DISCLAIMERThe views, opinions, and all findings contained in this presentation are those of the author(s) of this presentation and do not represent the views of the Department of Defense, of the Department of the Army, or of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center
29 English: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago English: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”In Chinese characters: 植树的最佳时间是20年前，现在还为时不晚。In Pinyin: Zhíshù de zuìjiā shíjiān shì èrshí nián qián, xiànzài hái wéishí bù wǎn.
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