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BUREAU FOR INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE COORDINATION BUREAU DE COORDINATION LINGUISTIQUE INTERNATIONALE Closing Briefing Julie J. Dubeau BILC Chair Tbilisi, Georgia, 9 May 2013. Czech Republic, 2012. Bled, 2012. NATO SPEAK : ENGLISH IN MULTINATIONAL SETTINGS. NATO speak:

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BUREAU FOR INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE COORDINATIONBUREAU DE COORDINATION LINGUISTIQUE INTERNATIONALEClosing BriefingJulie J. DubeauBILC Chair Tbilisi, Georgia, 9 May 2013

nato speak english in multinational settings
NATOSPEAK: ENGLISH IN MULTINATIONAL SETTINGS

NATO speak:

  • Acronyms, abbreviations, lingo, jargon,
  • Specific meanings, expressions
  • A discourse community, but context dependent, several domains
  • Non-standardized uses
  • Complexity of context
  • Procedures, approaches
nato speak english in multinational settings1
NATOSPEAK: ENGLISH IN MULTINATIONAL SETTINGS

Implications and challenges:

Blending general and specific language

Deployment lessons learned

Military culture and intercultural awareness

Culture literate soldiers

High stakes

Language as powerful tool for ‘good’: Obama to Iran

Consequences of miscommunications

Crimean war

Yugoslavia

natospeak wmc
NATOspeak = WMC

Weapon of Mass Confusion

nato speak english in multinational settings2
NATOSPEAK: ENGLISH IN MULTINATIONAL SETTINGS

Getting the message across: Lingua franca

EFL, ESL, LFE or ELF & English native speaker

Plain Language, readability formulas

Graded language, two-way communication

Accents, pronunciation, stress, intonation, etc…

nato speak english in multinational settings3
NATOSPEAK: ENGLISH IN MULTINATIONAL SETTINGS

Standards: Implications for training and testing

Time on task

STANAG 6001 across all languages

English Native Speaker reference

Who else? Whose English, Spanish, French, etc.

Test specifications

Capability database

steering committee
STEERING COMMITTEE
  • BILC Sec 2014: TBC
  • Military terminology
  • LNA
  • ToR
  • IS EQ Tbl : Letter
  • Future Conferences & Seminars
study group recommendations
STUDY GROUP - Recommendations
  • What is NATO Speak?
  • Enhancing Cross-cultural Communication within Multi-National Settings
  • On-line Language Maintenance Best Practices
  • Standardizing Application of STANAG 6001 Across Foreign Languages

5. Questionnaire on Deployment Lessons Learned

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