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MLA-report-relevant USG initiatives: An update. Scott McGinnis Defense Language Institute-Washington Office. Transforming academic programs. Reform of current status quo – “Higher level” literature tenured faculty vs. “lower level” non-tenure track language instructors

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Mla report relevant usg initiatives an update

MLA-report-relevant USG initiatives: An update

Scott McGinnis

Defense Language Institute-Washington Office


Transforming academic programs
Transforming academic programs

  • Reform of current status quo – “Higher level” literature tenured faculty vs. “lower level” non-tenure track language instructors

  • New goal of translingual/trans-cultural competence

  • “Content from the beginning and language to the end”

  • Extra-departmental “partners”

  • Importance of language acquisition specialists IN language departments

  • Strengthening demand for language competence within university curricula


The national security language initiative 1
The National Security Language Initiative (1)

  • Announced January 2006

  • Fourteen separate programs (some already existing)

  • Four participating Cabinet-level agencies:

    • Department of Defense

    • Department of Education

    • Department of State

    • Office of the Director of National Intelligence


The national security language initiative 2
The National Security Language Initiative (2)

  • Three broad goals:

    • Expand the number of Americans mastering critical need languages and start at a younger age

    • Increase the number of advanced-level speakers of foreign languages, with an emphasis on critical needs languages

    • Increase the number of foreign language teachers and the resources for them

  • Primary focus on Arabic, Central Asian, Chinese, Indic, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Turkic languages


National security language initiative nsli programs for grades k 12
National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) - Programs for Grades K-12

  • The Language Flagship - DoD

  • STARTALK - ODNI


The language flagship
The Language Flagship Grades K-12

  • Moving increasingly toward a K-16 model (cf. original post-K-12 and post-baccalaureate design)

  • Common goal across programs of bringing graduates of program to level of professional language and cultural proficiency

  • Various opportunities for financial aid and post-graduate employment within the federal government

  • www.thelanguageflagship.org


The language flagship dod
The Language Flagship (DoD) Grades K-12

  • 10 languages or language groups

  • Currently 28 domestic centers (Russian just added – University of Wisconsin)

  • 3 K-16 programs

  • Nine overseas centers

  • New report issued on 2 March, What Business Wants: Language Needs in the 21st Century


Startalk
STARTALK Grades K-12

  • Initial focus on high school students and prospective and current teachers of Chinese (and Arabic)

  • Long-term (five-year) plan calls for expanding to five additional languages and extending program pipeline to pre-secondary level

  • http://startalk.umd.edu


Startalk1
STARTALK Grades K-12

  • 2009: 125 programs (77 student, 48 teacher) in 34 states in 7 languages

  • 2010: 134 programs (75 student, 51 teacher, 8 combination) in 42 states in 9 languages – ~70 programs K-8

  • 2009 enrollments: 4455 students, 1193 teachers

  • 2010 projected enrollments: ~5800 students, ~1500 teachers


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