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A Successful Language Program. 2009 CHINESE LEARN CONFERENCE Luba Grant & Richard Donovan Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

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a successful language program

A Successful Language Program

2009 CHINESE LEARN CONFERENCE

LubaGrant & Richard Donovan

Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

Disclaimer: The views, opinions, and all findings contained in this presentation are those of the author(s) of this presentation and do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army, or the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

critical elements of success
Program Management

Faculty

Student Feedback/Evaluation

Collaboration

Motivation

Leadership

Critical Elements of Success
program management
Program Management
  • Course Objectives
  • Focused Curriculum

- Language, Culture,

Area Studies

    • Currency
    • Job–Related Track
    • Methodology
    • Immersion
program management cont
Program Management (cont’)
  • Technology (to support program as required by curriculum)
    • Availability
    • Pedagogically Sound
    • Training of Faculty and Students
faculty
FACULTY
  • Personnel: 143 Teachers
    • Hiring (FY08 to date: 33)
    • Qualifications
    • Effective Working Groups
  • Professional Development
    • Provide Opportunities for Academic & Leadership Training
    • Promote Professional Presentations (Language Teaching & Research Forum)
student feedback evaluation
Feedback to the Students

During the Course

Classroom Assessment

Tests

Diagnostic Assessment

Formal Counseling

Post-Course:

Proficiency Evaluation Based on ILR Scale

DLPT 5

Student Feedback/Evaluation
student feedback evaluation cont
Student Feedback & Evaluation (cont’)
  • Feedback From Students:
    • Questionnaires During and After Course
    • Sensing Sessions
collaboration sharing of ideas resources
Collaboration – Sharing of Ideas & Resources
  • Among & Between Faculty
  • Cross Campus
  • Institutional Partnerships
motivation
Motivation
  • Be Inclusive
  • Encourage Innovation
  • Coach/Mentor
  • Be Fair
  • Make Goals Achievable
academic leadership1
Academic Leadership
  • Essential Qualities of a Leader…
    • Ability to Create a Vision
    • Skill to Inspire Others
    • Willingness to Resolve Problems
develop a vision
Develop a Vision
  • Seek to Understand Previous Vision
  • Analyze what happened and how it could have been done differently
  • Where is the divergence?
  • How it can be resolved?
inspiration
Provide Guidance

Set Challenges

Develop Healthy Competition

Redirect if Needed

Recognize Progress

Reward Achievement

Inspiration
resolving problems
“WHAT If?” vice “If ONLY!” Approach

Appreciative Inquiry – Technique to Solve Problems and Create New Theories

Collect Opinions Through Dialogue

Define Problem in Practical Terms

Maintain Open Mind

Don’t Accept “un-executable”

Resolving Problems
grant s 11 leadership principles
Build the “Right” Team

Keep Your People Informed

Develop Subordinates Through Delegation

Seek and Take Responsibility (accept “just” criticism)

Make Sound and Timely Decisions

Set Example Through Your Own Actions

Grant’s 11 Leadership Principles
leadership principles
Communicate and Supervise (ensure understanding of tasks)

Seek and Encourage Self-Improvement

9. Be Technically Proficient

10. Know Your People

11. Care for Your Staff

Leadership Principles
asian i chinese program student results
Asian I Chinese Program Student Results
  • FY 08 (DLPT IV & 5)
  • 66% achieved 2/2/1+
  • 26% achieved 2+/2+/2
  • FY09 to date (DLPT5)
  • 72% achieved 2/2/1+
  • 32% achieved 2+/2+/2
words of wisdom
Words of Wisdom

Chinese Proverb …

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

“植树的最佳时间是20年前,现在还为时不晚.”

disclaimer
The views, opinions, and all findings contained in this presentation are those of the author(s) of this presentation and do not represent the views of the Department of Defense, of the Department of the Army, or of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language CenterDISCLAIMER
words of wisdom1
Words of Wisdom

Chinese Proverb …

“植树的最佳时间是20年前,现在还为时不晚.”

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English: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

  • In Chinese characters: 植树的最佳时间是20年前,现在还为时不晚。
  • In Pinyin: Zhíshù de zuìjiāshíjiānshìèrshíniánqián, xiànzàiháiwéishíbùwǎn.
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