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ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E.

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ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E.

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  1. BILC 2009 STRIVING FOR LEVEL 3 ITAF’S LINGUISTIC PERESTROJKA ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. Part i: - Col. Mauro Sabbione - Commandant

  2. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. LOCATION: Loreto (Italy) Loreto Cathedral The Madonna of Loreto The Patron saint of aviators

  3. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. • S.L.E.’s HISTORY • 1956 – 2006 located in Ciampino (Rome) • 2006 – transfered to Loreto (Ancona) • The History of Loreto Airbase • 1930 – 1983 O.N.F.A. aviators’ orphanage; • 1988 – 2006 S.P.S.A.M. (IT.A.F. Warrant officers School); • 2006 – 2009 S.P.S.A.M. + S.L.E. • 2010 – S.L.E.

  4. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. • LOGISTICS • OVER 34,000 SQUARE METRES OF OFFICE SPACE • OVER 180 ROOMS WITH IN-ROOM FACILITIES + 35 ROOMS AND BARRACKS AT PORTO POTENZA (TESTING CENTER) ; • N° 35 CLASSROOMS AND N° 12 VIRTUAL CLASSROOMS • N°3 MULTIMEDIA LABS • N°2 LABS FOR E-TUTORS

  5. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. MISSION Conduct intensive and specialized language courses. Advise and monitor language courses to personnel by private schools around Italy. Certify language proficiency for Air Force IAW NATO STANAG 6001 – Joint Forces Language Test (JFLT)

  6. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. BILC 2009 STRIVING FOR LEVEL 3 ITAF’S LINGUISTIC PERESTROJKA Part II - Joe Maddock – Senior program Coordinator 6

  7. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. Overview Once upon a time… SLE’s Results 2006-2008 Mission 2009 “Pathway to Professional Proficiency.” Perestrojka (Restructuring of Courses & Facilities) What the future holds Conclusions Q & A

  8. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. Once upon a time… HEAVEN AF Personnel Dept. (DIPMA) Refresher course Intensive course HELL Duration: 3 months – 10 months

  9. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. Results 2006-2008

  10. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. Mission 2009 + 10% increase in level 3s 15.39% - 25% 10

  11. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. The Pathway to Professional Proficiency HEAVEN eLearning Course Online Test DIPMA Intensive course Duration: 3 -10 months Refresher course HELL

  12. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. Perestrojka: Step by step Strolling from the Web to the Ground

  13. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. Step 1 Online Test • Initial screening assessment • Intensive courses – “best return” - SLP 2/3 • eLearning courses – “slow bloomers” • More space for higher levels 13

  14. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. • Started Jan 2008 • For beginners/false Beginners • Lays groundwork for future training • Objective: SLP 1 Step 2 eLearning Program 3 months 14

  15. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. Steps 3-5 On base courses General conditions Class sizes (8 -10 students) Content (ILR & STANAG-based) Teaching – intensive (7 hrs/day) Facilities (Labs, Internet, SAT TV, etc.) 15

  16. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. Step 3 Intensive Courses 3 months UPGRADES New programs with weekly diagnostic tests. More interaction between teachers-supervisors. 2 observations per course for new teachers 2 observations per year for “senior” teachers coordination on diagnostic testing

  17. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. Step 4 Refresher Courses 1 month UPGRADES Latest version of English for Staff Officer’s book Use of ICT (Information & Communication Technology )- recorders for Speak. exercises.” Specialist Trainers (ITAF personnel with 3/+ SLP).”

  18. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. Step 5 Proposed upgrades to facilities LANGUAGE LABS Software for remedial work Ideally manned by teacher LIBRARY For quiet study/research Equipped with 3-5 internet points - INTERNAL LAN FOR SCHOOL eLearning content (TEACHERS’ ZONE) Internal communication

  19. What does the future hold? • LIFELONG LEARNING • How? • eLearning Refresher Modules which focus on individual language skills (L/R/S/W); • eLearning courses on L3 acquisition, e.g. Spanish, German, French (level 1-1-1-1) ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E.

  20. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. Conclusions We’ve come a long way, but there’s always room for improvement. The changes; Improve quality of lessons; Many cost little to nothing.

  21. ITAF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL – S.L.E. QUESTIONS?