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FLO Enhancement Program (FEP). DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE FOREIGN LANGUAGE CENTER Program Goal: Minimizing the mission readiness gap between the DLI graduate.

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1 FLO Enhancement Program (FEP)

2 DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE FOREIGN LANGUAGE CENTER Program Goal: Minimizing the mission readiness gap between the DLI graduate and the linguist in the field FEP

3 DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE FOREIGN LANGUAGE CENTER Future Challenges Understanding the Job – Instantly recognize and accurately translate imperfect written and oral passages Often little or no reference material, native help, or the speaker/writer present for clarification – Utilize analytical and deductive reasoning skills to predict/explain happenings or fill-in missing information – Deal quickly and effectively with random, disjointed, widely varied topics, accents, culture specific references, and slang Often including profanity and “improper” speech – Perform at this level with no margin for error

4 DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE FOREIGN LANGUAGE CENTER Future Challenges (cont.) – Perform in hostile environments (uncooperative natives), interpret intent – Perform in different contexts (refugee camp vs. embassy) – Perform different tasks (unfamiliar, not canned situations) – Solve problems, find motives, persuade – Take notes, summarize, make recommendation based on an overheard conversation

5 DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE FOREIGN LANGUAGE CENTER FEP/Enhanced FLO Activities (EFAs) meet the challenge: – Methodologically sound language learning strategies (teaching vs. testing) – Power packed high-level audio selections: Tangentially job related Imperfect quality Multiple speakers Colloquial speech – Student-centered activities utilizing multiple active skills – Grammar and structure – Geography/map usage – Target language research/Social Media – Reporting Addressing Future Challenges

6 DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE FOREIGN LANGUAGE CENTER Symbiotic relationship through text analysis: - Authentic materials - Problem solving - Critical thinking - Developing strategies - Processing extended discourse - Cultural knowledge - Contextualization - Exposure to pragmatics… Performance and Proficiency FLOs and DLPT

7 DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE FOREIGN LANGUAGE CENTER Generation 1 EFAs Training: hands on training in schools weekly Development: up to 800 EFAs in 18 languages and dialects by DLI faculty Implementation: ongoing Challenges: transfer from ScribeZone to WorkFLO Program Accomplishments: Gen 1 EFAs

8 DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE FOREIGN LANGUAGE CENTER Generation 2 EFAs Training: 3 orientation sessions by FEP for NFLC; training DLI faculty Development: 1,495 EFAs (voice and graphic), in 23 languages and dialects developed through December 2013 by NFLC (minimum 65 per language) Implementation: pending TL review and modification Challenges: shortage of faculty members in certain languages to review and modify EFAs Program Accomplishments: Gen 2 EFAs

9 DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE FOREIGN LANGUAGE CENTER Generation 3 EFAs Training: 2 orientation sessions by FEP for NFLC; training DLI faculty Development: 1,300 EFAs (voice and graphic), in 22 languages and dialects will be developed through June 2014 by NFLC; up to 450 already delivered and undergoing review Implementation: pending upon the receipt and review of all Gen 3 EFAs Challenges: processing materials with limited resources Program Accomplishments: Gen 3 EFAs

10 DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE FOREIGN LANGUAGE CENTER Voice EFA Graphic EFA Demo

11 DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE FOREIGN LANGUAGE CENTER Questions/Comments FEP


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