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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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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