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1 Towards task- oriented blended language learning Karijn Helsloot Defense Intelligence and Security Institute Netherlands

2 Ministerie van Defensie 2 Defence Language Centre Dutch Defence Academy (NLDA, Breda) the interpreter’s section (3) the translation section (6) the five separate language teaching & training sections Air Force Training Command (3) Navy School for Enlisted Ranks and NCOs Land School for Enlisted ranks (NCOs) (1,5) Defence Academy (8) Intelligence & Security Institute (8) language training, testing, development and policy section

3 Ministerie van Defensie 3 Objectives share knowledge and materials between language teachers collaborate in (test/course) material design and production update the approaches to language training and support have a single portal for supply and demand have a digital system language needs the soldiers’ and civilians' language knowledge have a central language policy

4 Ministerie van Defensie 4 BILC’s Language Assessment, March 2012 Final Report Cooperative Language Training Assessment Policy and Management Implementation and Training

5 Ministerie van Defensie 5 Policy and Management the lack of a systematic inventory of the language needs the absence of a flag officer to promote the language case at the central policy and management level the language training times in the NLDs are very, very short establish a testing policy

6 Ministerie van Defensie 6 Implementation and Training Develop learning curves w.r.t. English Develop a Stanag test English as well as a screening out device for lower proficiencies Create pool of language experts (English language coordinators and assistants) Start train-the-trainer programs Assess the digital learning options

7 Ministerie van Defensie 7 Language Training Strategy Offer blended task-oriented language training, where blended means a mixture of monitored e-learning class-room meetings job-integrated training

8 Ministerie van Defensie 8 Programs Pashto and Dari Russian for Border Control Guards English for junior Army NCO’s French for JISTARC

9 Ministerie van Defensie 9 Pasto and Dari 1. Welcoming 2. Introducing 3. Speaking and Communication 4. Inviting 5. Asking for information 6. Warning for danger 7. Police training 8. Law and culture 9. Women’s programs

10 Ministerie van Defensie 10 Contributing to building up the security sector in mission areas Workflow: carrying out and coordinating security tasks Core task: Security & Surveillance Border control tasks Guarding and protecting vital locations and persons Assisting and working jointly with the police Police and security tasks at airports Upholding law and order for the armed forces and investigating criminal offences Workflow: carrying out first-line border control tasks in Russian Workflow: carrying out border control tasks Marechaussee security guard

11 Ministerie van Defensie 11 Workflow: conducting first-line border control tasks in Russian Understanding travel documents Conducting a short general interview Asking work-place specific control questions Asking general control questions Can read names Can read place of birth Can read place of issue Can read place of residence Can read dates (incl. months) Can read statement of sex Can read nationality Can greet persons Can say goodbye Can exchange pleasantries Can give instructions Can (briefly) explain procedures Can ask for clarification/ repetition Can express his or her approval/ disapproval Can request travel documents Can understand responses to the above Can ask (short) factual questions and understand the responses related to: * speaking languages * identity * stay (duration and location) * transfer (from and to destinations) Airports Can ask (short) factual questions and understand the responses related to: * purpose of visit (business, tourism, visit) * finances (cash and credit cards) Seaports Can ask (short) factual questions and understand the responses related to: * how to contact the captain * crew list * position on ship * location of work and sleep station *location of personal belongings Can introduce himself (incl. aim/position) Can ask about wellbeing Mobile Security Monitoring Can ask (short) factual questions and understand the responses related to: * purpose of visit/travel route * finances * mutual relationships of passengers

12 Ministerie van Defensie 12 English to junior NCO´s Land Forces 6 Day training course Military English (26 hrs) Subject Language skills Day 1 – 4 hrs Introduction student’s book General Introduction to the course Speaking Important military words and expressions Vocabulary / Abbreviations & acronyms Wall charts ‘AIFV CV 9035NL’, ‘Army Structure’, ‘Colt C7’, ‘METHANE Report’, 'MB 290D’, ´Soldier´s Kit´, ´Combat Ration-MRE´ Vocabulary Exercises Important military words and expressions 1 Vocabulary / Abbreviations & acronyms Describing situations Speaking Geographical expressions 1 Vocabulary Day 2 – 4 hrs Important military words and expressions Vocabulary / Abbreviations & acronyms Operational terminology Vocabulary The OPORD – Platoon Order Reading / Vocabulary / Abbreviations & acronyms Issue of Platoon Order by US SGM Johnson (film clip) Listening / Abbreviations & acronyms Confirmation Brief (CB) – in class Speaking Geographical expressions 2 Vocabulary Legend Vocabulary Homework assignment ICBB Speaking Day 3 – 4 hrs ICBB Speaking Exercises Important military words and expressions 2 Vocabulary / Abbreviations & acronyms Briefing of OPORD – Prepositions and military timings Grammar Warning Order (WARNORD) - in class Speaking Day 4 – 4 hrs Briefing of OPORD – Listening Listening Intro speaking assignment – issue of section/squad order Speaking Radio communication, Procedure words Vocabulary + homework: study prowords Radio conversations ‘FIREREP’ Listening Day 5 – 4 hrs 9-Line MEDEVAC Request Listening / Speaking Exercise Radio communication Speaking Commands and warnings Vocabulary Day 6 – 4 hrs – 2 hrs Issue of section/squad orders (in pairs) Speaking Test and Evaluation Vocabulary

13 Ministerie van Defensie 13 6 Day training course Military English (26 hrs) SubjectLanguage skills Day 1 – 4 hrsIntroduction student’s bookGeneral Introduction to the courseSpeaking Important military words and expressions Vocabulary / Abbreviations & acronyms Wall charts ‘AIFV CV 9035NL’, ‘Army Structure’, ‘Colt C7’, ‘METHANE Report’, 'MB 290D’, ´Soldier´s Kit´, ´Combat Ration-MRE´ Vocabulary Exercises Important military words and expressions 1 Vocabulary / Abbreviations & acronyms Describing situationsSpeaking Geographical expressions 1Vocabulary Day 2 – 4 hrsImportant military words and expressions Vocabulary / Abbreviations & acronyms Operational terminologyVocabulary The OPORD – Platoon Order Reading / Vocabulary / Abbreviations & acronyms Issue of Platoon Order by US SGM Johnson (film clip) Listening / Abbreviations & acronyms Confirmation Brief (CB) – in classSpeaking Geographical expressions 2Vocabulary LegendVocabulary Homework assignment ICBBSpeaking

14 Ministerie van Defensie 14 6 Day training course Military English (26 hrs) SubjectLanguage skills Day 3 – 4 hrsICBBSpeaking Exercises Important military words and expressions 2Vocabulary / Abbreviations & acronyms Briefing of OPORD – Prepositions and military timingsGrammar Warning Order (WARNORD) - in classSpeaking Day 4 – 4 hrsBriefing of OPORD – ListeningListening Intro speaking assignment – issue of section/squad order Speaking Radio communication, Procedure wordsVocabulary + homework: study prowords Radio conversations ‘FIREREP’Listening Day 5 – 4 hrs9-Line MEDEVAC RequestListening / Speaking Exercise Radio communicationSpeaking Commands and warningsVocabulary Day 6 – 4 hrs – 2 hrs Issue of section/squad orders (in pairs)Speaking Test and EvaluationVocabulary

15 Ministerie van Defensie 15 YesterdayTodayTomorrow 22 hrs in 1 wk50 hrs in 6 wks Integrated modules in entire school period Class room + in the field On-line + class room + in the field English for Junior and Senior Army NCO’s

16 Ministerie van Defensie 16 DOME (Digital Environment Military English) Functional and career EN Technical EN Basic Military EN Enlisted ranks, NCO´s, Officers

17 Ministerie van Defensie 17

18 Ministerie van Defensie 18 Language Inventory JISTARC Werknemer / Naam PS nummer Invuldatum TaalMoedertaalSprekenLezenSchrijvenDiplomaGebruik taal 1NederlandsJaGoed JaDagelijks taal 2EngelsNeeGoed JaMaandelijks taal 3FransNeeElementair Nee Een paar keer per jaar taal 4SpaansNeeElementair Ja Een paar keer per jaar taal 5DuitsNeeGoed NeeMaandelijks

19 Ministerie van Defensie 19 JISTARC Summary Afdelingaantal ingevuldFrans JAElementairRedelijkGoedZeer goed StafeskCo-gp433 Log-pel1511 C2ost10321 Sie 240 Sie 3655 Sie Sie 6 en SBK EOVCie Staf19743 EOV pel EOV pel Logpel Verk-esk AS Bt TOTAAL

20 Ministerie van Defensie 20 Conclusions Out of the class-room, into the field Language designer + military instructor designer Integrate language training in military program Create DOME: a modular structured language training archive Monitor the learners from a distance


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