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1Defense Language Institute The Czech Republic With books many people can become learned even outside a school.Without books nobody can be learned nor inside a school.BILC May 14, 2012
2OutlineJan Amos KomenskýTeaching and learning linguistic pitfallsChain of Command of Language CentersEducational and Training CenterDefense Language Institute (DLI)DLI tasks and responsibilitiesOrganizationLanguage DepartmentTesting department
4Comenius occupies a place in education JOHN AMOS COMENIUSComenius occupies a place in educationof commanding importance. He introducesand dominates the whole modern movementin the field of elementary and secondaryeducation.”Nicholas Butler, Columbia University
5During the 19th century Czech National Revival, Comenius became idealized as a symbol of the Czech nation.28 March, the birthday of Comenius, is celebrated as Teachers' Day in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia .A lot of schools were named after him. For example the Comenius University was founded in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, a primary school in Skopje, etc. Also, many educational programmes are named after him.
6Some of Comenius worksOrbis Pictus ("The Visible World in Pictures")Linguae Bohemicae thesaurus (Thesaurus of the Czechlanguage), 1612–1656Grammaticae facilioris praecepta, 1614–1616Janua Linguarum Reserata (The Gate of Tongues Unlocked),1632Didactica magna (The Great Didactic), 1633–1638Didactica opera omnia (Writing on All Learning), 1657Spicilegium Didacticum, 1680
7Comenius teaching fundamental ideas learning foreign languages through the vernacular;obtaining ideas through objects rather than words;starting with objects most familiar to the child to introducehim to both the new language and the more remote worldof objectsgiving the child a comprehensive knowledge of hisenvironment, physical and social, as well as instruction inreligious, moral, and classical subjects;making this acquisition of a compendium of knowledge apleasure rather than a task;making instruction universal.
8From „The Great Didactic“ "What has to be done must be learned by practice. Artisans do not detain their apprentices with theories, but set them to do practical work at an early stage; thus they learn to forge by forging, to carve by carving, to paint by painting, and to dance by dancing. In schools, therefore, let the students learn to write by writing, to talk by talking, to sing by singing, and to reason by reasoning. In this way schools will become work-shops humming with work, and students whose efforts prove successful will experience the truth of the proverb: 'We give form to ourselves and to our materials at the same time.' Mechanics do not begin by drumming rules into their apprentices. They take them into the workshop and bid them to look at the work that has been produced, and then, when they wish to imitate this (for man is an imitative animal). They place tools in their hands and show them how they should be held and used. Then, if they make mistakes, they give them advice and correct them, often more by example than by mere words, and, as the facts show, the novices easily succeed in their imitation. No one has ever mastered any language or art by precept alone; while by practice this is possible, even without precept.
10L I T E R A R Y C O L L O Q U I A L C O M M O N S L A N G J A R G O N T A B O OS L A N G
11Different stylesOfficialese The consumption of any nutriments whatsoever is categorically prohibited in this establishment. Official The consumption of nutriments is prohibited. Formal You are requested not to consume food in this establishment. Neutral Eating is not allowed here. Informal Please don´t eat here. Colloquial You can´t feed you face here. Slang Lay off the nosh. Taboo Lay off the fucking nosh.
12VOCABULARYWhat do you fry your eggs in? creeper, fryer, frying pan, fry pan, skillet, or spiderWhat do you call a soft drink? pop, soda, soda pop, or tonic?Beg, beseech, entreat, implore, supplicate, importune, obtest…Beware of the bull!I think the elephant is a bull.Well done! You´ve hit the bull´s eye.Don´t give me all that bull.You will just have to take the bull by the horns.Stop acting like a bull in a china shop!There was a bull market on stock exchange yesterday.
13RUN A SKIRTBIT OF SKIRTSKIRTNICE SKIRTPIECE OF SKIRTSKIRT AN ISSUELIGHT SKIRTTable a MotionLogistic supportBattle CaptainRound Robin UpdateFlag officerShipmentMotion
14Store visibly behind the windows after leaving this object return. Uložte viditelně za okno. Při odjezdu z objektu vraťte.
15Store visibly behind the windows after leaving this object return. Pass must be visible through windshield. On departing the base return the pass to the security personnel at the gate.
16DIALECTS and VARIETIES USGBAusIn a New York City Park one guy turns to another guy and says, “Look at de boids.”The other guy says, “Those aren’t ‘boids.’ They’re ‘birds.’”The first guy says, “Cheez, dat’s funny, dey choip like boids.”A guy wakes up, finds himself in a British hospital, and says, “Did I come here to die?” The Cokney nurse responds, “No, I think it was yesterdie.”Why are Australians always happy when their mothers die? They always say “Mothers die” with a smile on their face.
17HOMOPHONY and HOMONYMY Mary had a little lamb She also had a bear I´ve often seen her little lamb But never seen her bearBridalBridleCallousCallusDiscreetDiscreteBear – animalBear – supportBare - nakedJet – stream of waterJet – hard black soilJet – type of planeFlairFlareDiscreetDiscreteFleet – group of shipsFleet – rapid
18It would be nice to have a SOFA ABBREVIATIONSIt would be nice to have a SOFAStatus ofForcesAgreementOR
19C3 – Command Control And Communication C2 – Command And ControlC3 – Command Control And CommunicationC3I – Command, Control, Communications, andIntelligenceC4 – Command Control Communication andComputersC4IR – CommandControl Communication ComputersIntelligence And RecognitionC4 - Carrera 4 (Porsche 911 model)C4 - Channel 4 (UK TV)C4 –Middle C (piano keyboard)C4 - Composition 4 (explosive)C4 - Combat Casualty Care CourseC4 - Colonial Coin Collectors ClubC4 - Center for Clouds, Chemistry and ClimateC4 - Fourth-Generation Corvette (Chevrolet)
21“Enemy sit. Aggressor forces in div strength holding MLR Hill 820 complex gc AT w/fwd elements est. bn strength junctionat gc AT (See Annex A, COMPHIBPAC intell summaryperiod ending 25 June)…Mission: BLT 1/7 seize, hold and defend obj. A gcExecution: BLT 1/7 land LZ X-RAYAT at H-Hour …A co. GSF estab. LZ securityLZ X-Ray H minus 10… B co. advance axis BLUE H plus 5 estab.blocking pos. vic gs AT … A, C, D cos.Maneuver element commence advance axis Brown H plus 10 …Bn tacnet freq 52.9 … shackle codeHAZTRCEGBD … div tacair dir. Air spt callsign PLAYBOY …Mark friendly pos w/air panels or green smoke. Mark tgt. w/WP”(Caputo, A Rumor of War 1996)
22Enemy situation. Aggressor forces in division strength are holding the main line of resistance at the Hill 820 complex located at grid coordinateswith forward elements estimated in battalion strengthat the road junction located at grid coordinates(See Annex A, Pacific Amphibious Command intelligence summary forthe period ending 25 June).Mission: Battalion Landing Team 1/7 will seize, hold and defend objectiveA at grid coordinatesExecution: Battalion Landing Team 1/7 land at Landing Zone X-RAY at gridcoordinates at H-Hour (which is 06:00 on 31 June).A company of the ground support force will establish landing zone securityat landing zone X-Ray at 05:50 on 31 June.B Company will advance along axis Blue at 06:05 on 31 Juneto establish blocking positions in the vicinity of grid coordinatesA, C, and D Companies: The maneuver element commence its advance along axisBrown on 06:10 on 31 June. The battalion tactical network frequency is 52.9.Radio shackle code will be HAZTRCEGBD. The division tactical air directionand air support call sign will be PLAYBOY. Mark all friendly position with airpanels or green smoke. Mark targets (enemy positions) with white phosphorus.
23Chain of command of Language Centers MoDGeneral StaffPersonnel DivisionMilitary AcademyVyskovMil. IntelZatecETCChoceradyDLIVyskovN. Defense UniversityBrnoMil. HighSchool
27LANGUAGE SECTION Languages Types of courses English French Intensive RefresherCombined
28Crucial Features of Training Program Six to seven 50-minute training units per dayEight to ten students in each classNative speaker 50-minute teaching unit per day (English SLP 3)One mandatory lesson dedicated to listening practice in the language laboratories per dayLessons conducted exclusively in the target language
29Defense Language Institute “Learning is like rowing upstream:not to advance is to drop back.”Chinese Proverb
30Mission statement of DLI The Mission of the Defense Language Instituteis to ensure sufficiently trained and ready personnel are availableto meet the foreign language skill requirementsof the Ministry of Defenseand the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic.
31DLI Tasks Responsibilities and Activities The Czech DLI is an educational facility, the aim of which is to fulfill, flexibly,pragmatically and in the needed quality and quantities, the tasks in the field oflanguage education as required by the Czech Armed Forces in accordance with its bidingstandards (STANAG 6001).Running foreign language courses as ordered by MoDTesting in accordance with STANAG 6001Methodological supervision of language centers in the Czech militaryRepresentation in BILC - NATOTeaching in ad-hoc language courses to prepare personnel for positionsin NATO/EU and the UNPublishing, standard-setting, methodological, conceptual and other activitiesTeaching Czech language for NATO and PfP personnelMethodological supervision of language centersHolding language conferences for managers in the field of language educationOrganizing special seminarsAccreditation of examiners testing foreign languagesValidation of certificates obtained abroad at language institutesKeeping the military-wide database of test results
32Organizational Structure Office of the CommanderMethodology and Testing DepartmentTeachingDepartmentOrganizational BranchGermanicBranchEnglishTesting Br.Other Lang.Branch – Int.Other Lang.Testing Br.Prague, BrnoVyškov
34LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT Languages Types of courses English French German RussianArabicCzechIntensiveRefresherCombinedTerminologicalSpecialized (NATO)
35Crucial Features of the DLI Language Training Program Six to seven 50-minute training units per dayEight to ten students in each classNative speaker 50-minute teaching unit per day (English SLP 3)One mandatory lesson dedicated to listening practice in the language laboratories per dayUse of authentic materials in the target languageLessons conducted exclusively in the target languageCurriculum input from language training specialists from military language centers abroad (primarily DLIELC, Texas).Strong emphasis on student participation and motivationInstructors who apply a highly communicative approach
36Number of DLI students Jan/Feb 2012 – English language Type of CourseLevelNumber of CoursesNo. of studentsIntensiveSLP 2435SLP 3647Refresher21914Terminological-18Combined110TOTAL251443636
42Testing and Methodology Department Testing department is responsible for test development and testing military and civilian personnel according to STANAG 6001 and is responsible for the following:Standardizing test forms for all languages testedIssuing testing rulesTests English, French, German, Russian, and Arabic languagesCzech, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Albanian, Serbian, Persian, Pashtu, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, and Romanian languages
43Testing and Methodology Department activities Introduced bi-level testingIntroduced language skilllevels re-testingIntroduced plus levelsBAT – projectMultilevel testsComputer assisted testingComputer adaptive testing
442982 Candidates tested – 2011 Language SLP 1 SLP 2 SLP 3 Total English 60812764522336Skillsx196126322Other languages20274343101221481015586142982