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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


Asian school i org chart

Asian School I Org Chart


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


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Critical Elements of Success


Leadership provides the necessary cohesion

Leadership Provides the Necessary Cohesion

Leadership


Academic leadership

“I never worry about action, but only about

inaction.”

Winston Churchill

Academic Leadership


Academic leadership1

Academic Leadership

  • Essential Qualities of a Leader…

    • Ability to Create a Vision

    • Skill to Inspire Others

    • Willingness to Resolve Problems


A successful language program

Leadership Triad


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.”


For additional info

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[email protected]

For Additional Info


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 Center

DISCLAIMER


Asian i school

ASIAN I SCHOOL


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.”


A successful language program

  • 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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