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?
BUREAU FOR INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE COORDINATIONBUREAU DE COORDINATION LINGUISTIQUE INTERNATIONALENATOSPEAK: ENGLISH IN MULTINATIONAL SETTINGSJulie J. Dubeau,BILC Chair Opening Briefing Tbilisi, Georgia, 6 May 2013
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)
1984: Denmark and Greece
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.
As of May 2013
Dr. R. Clifford
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.
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”
NEW! Language Standards and Assessment Seminar (LSAS) 3-11 July 2013
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
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
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?
Enjoy the conference!