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BUREAU FOR INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE COORDINATION BUREAU DE COORDINATION LINGUISTIQUE INTERNATIONALE NATO SPEAK : ENGLISH IN MULTINATIONAL SETTINGS Julie J. Dubeau, BILC Chair Opening Briefing Tbilisi, Georgia, 6 May 2013. Outline. What is BILC?

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BUREAU FOR INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE COORDINATIONBUREAU DE COORDINATION LINGUISTIQUE INTERNATIONALENATOSPEAK: ENGLISH IN MULTINATIONAL SETTINGSJulie J. Dubeau,BILC Chair Opening Briefing Tbilisi, Georgia, 6 May 2013


Outline
Outline

  • What is BILC?

    • Membership, Secretariat, Mission

  • Programme of work:

    • Events

    • Cooperative Language Training Assessments

    • Assistance to Testing Programmes

  • NATO Language Context

    • Conference Theme

  • Updates


Background
Background

BILC was established in 1966 as an advisory body to NATO. The founding members are France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

1967: Belgium, Canada, Netherlands

1975: SHAPE and IMS/NATO (non-voting members)

1978: Portugal

1983: Turkey

1984: Denmark and Greece

1985: Spain

1993: Norway

1999: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland

2004: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia

2008: Albania, Croatia

Partner countries routinely participate. All nations are welcome to attend and/or observe. The BILC Chair presides over the Steering Committee which meets at the spring conference. Voting members are the heads of NATO delegations.


BILC

Steering Committee

BILC

Secretariat

As of May 2013

Chair

J. Dubeau

  • GRB (1966-1981)

  • DEU (1982-1996)

  • USA (1997-2008)

  • CAN (2008-2014)

Senior Advisor

Dr. R. Clifford

Secretary

J. Vasilj-Begovic

Associate

Secretaries

Language

Testing Programmes

P. Garza

Language

Training Assessments

K. Wert


Bilc mission vision
BILC Mission & Vision

Mission: To promote and foster interoperability among NATO and PfP nations by furthering standardization of language training and testing. To support the Alliance's operations through the exchange of knowledge and best practices, IAW established procedures and agreements.

Vision: To achieve levels of excellence where progress made by one is shared by all.


Two main events
Two Main Events:

BILC Conference in Spring

May 2012 was hosted by the Czech Republic –

“Lifelong Language Learning, Enhancing Educational Effectiveness”

The 2013 Conference will be hosted by Belgium-Theme & dates TBD

BILC Professional Seminar in Fall

October 2012 was hosted by Slovenia–

“Back to Basics: Recipes for Instructional Success ”

Hosted by Sweden in Stockholm: 13-18 Oct 2013

“ Diligent Design: Building Blocks to Maximize Learning”


Bilc programmes
BILC Programmes

  • Assistance to National Testing Programmes

    • Moldova May 2012, Ukraine Nov 2012

    • Planned: Russia June 2013

  • Language Testing Seminar (LTS): 2 weeks, 2X per year

  • Advanced Language Testing Seminar (ALTS): 3 weeks, 2X per year - Offered to graduates from the LTS

    NEW! Language Standards and Assessment Seminar (LSAS) 3-11 July 2013


Bilc programmes1
BILC Programmes

Cooperative Language Training Assessments

Goal: To assess language training programmes and offer recommendations

2012: Russia in September

Georgia in November

2013: Russia September

STANAG 6001 Conferences -

2012 Copenhagen, 2013 SHAPE


Military nato language context complicated and complex
Military / NATO Language Context:Complicated and Complex!

  • Each nation is responsible for own training / testing programme

  • No common tests - only a common standard - STANAG 6001 Nations certify their military and give members SLPs based on own STANAG - based tests.

  • SLPs of job descriptions may or may not reflect actual language requirements

  • Compatibility of NATO & national requirements

  • Language “Targets”



What is natospeak
What is NATOSpeak?

  • What is common to military language use?

  • Acronyms and expressions?

  • Is it purely lexical?

  • Is it standardized?

  • How do you measure it?

  • How do you best learn it?

  • Can we train for it? Should we?


Language shortfall
Language Shortfall

English skills lacking

Inadequate harmonization of req & procedures

Need for proficiency is increasing

Documents & correspondence - too lengthy, too complex

Content/intensity of lang. trng falls short

Native speaker not always proficient in communicating in multinational environment


English in multinational settings
ENGLISH IN MULTINATIONAL SETTINGS

Various cultural / linguistic backgrounds impact the variant spoken –

Native speaker ownership of language?

English as Lingua Franca (LFE) construct?

Is LFE separate from culture to which it predominantly belongs?


Updates
Updates

  • NEW! BILC Website www.NATOBILC.org

  • NEW! STANAG for Non-Specialists

  • LNA – NATO SACT

  • Statement from BILC re IS equivalency table

  • WG on Level 4 - Final report

  • WG on Translation & Terminology - ongoing


QUESTIONS?

Enjoy the conference!



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