Instructor wins Teacher of the Year by tailoring instruction

Instructor wins Teacher of the Year by tailoring instruction

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – Seung Baek, a team leader in the Korean School, is the Teacher of the Year for 2017 at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. “To me this was a big surprise,” said Baek, who had forgotten that he was nominated after being named Teacher of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2017 at the Asian School II, which is the Korean School. “Then a few weeks ago the chairperson came to my class and said lets go,” said Baek. He was then taken to Dr. Hiam Kanbar, the associate provost of undergraduate education, who told him of his achievement and congratulated him. Baek was recognized for exceeding excellence based upon several criteria, but most notably for his creation of several authentic listening comprehension materials. Baek noticed that his Foreign Area Officer students began to have more difficulty in listening from the beginning of the second semester, and two students approached him for additional instruction on processing listening comprehension materials. Within 48 hours after the request, Baek designed several listening comprehension modules using resources that were readily available such as YouTube, Korean documentaries from South Korea’s Defense Media Agency, TV news articles, e-books, the Quizlet app, and subtitled all of the materials using video editing software. “This really demonstrates his passion for teaching and we are so happy that we have him with our school,” said Dr. Marina Cobb, dean of Asian School II. Baek said his passion for teaching comes from seeing students reach the “ah-ha moment.” “I get a lot of joy from this whenever I...
Middle East School II hosts Third Annual Student Day

Middle East School II hosts Third Annual Student Day

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – The Middle East School II at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey held its Third Annual Student Day March 28. Student Day consisted of live performances and presentations of winning essays and videos by students who participated in the contests, with the overall winners being presented awards by the DLIFLC commandant, Col. Phil Deppert. Seaman George Bailey, who was the winner of the essay contest, read his essay about his given name and the Arabic name he received in class. “I love both my names – Arabic and English – George Bailey and Bilal,” said Bailey, explaining that both held historical significance. Bailey received his name from his paternal ancestor who fought in the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, leading a battalion of black Soldiers. Similarly, Bilal ibn Rabah was freed from slavery and rose to a position of prominence in 632 AD. Both men were liberators, according to Bailey. “I love all the meanings they carry and I love being loyal to their causes,” said Bailey. Nadir Raffo, the school faculty president, said that instructors from all departments were committed to the students who were interested in participating in the live performances, essay writing or video contests. “They spent numerous hours in addition to their regular teaching hours and they put forth a great effort to accomplish the planned objective,” said Raffo. DLIFLC provides resident instruction in 17 languages at the Presidio of Monterey, California, with the capacity to instruct another 65 languages in Washington, D.C. The Institute has graduated more than...
Brown round comes back around at Presidio of Monterey

Brown round comes back around at Presidio of Monterey

By Brian Lepley Presidio of Monterey Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – A traditional symbol returns to Army training companies after 11 years away. The 229th Military Intelligence Battalion, along with all Advanced Individual Training units, has its first drill sergeants since 2007. Four NCOs graduated a two-week U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy conversion class Feb. 23 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. By August, drill sergeants will be in charge of all Phase IV and V Soldiers at the Presidio of Monterey. Sgt. 1st Class Guy Smith and Staff Sgt. Neika Thompson of Company C, Staff Sgt. Carter McSwain of Co. F and Headquarters Company’s Staff Sgt. Huiying Liu are now on duty with the distinctive brown cover. They realize that managing platoons Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center students requires a different touch than AIT drill sergeants at Forts Benning or Sill. “DLI is a very high-stress environment. We’re here to mentor these Soldiers, care for these Soldiers, keep them within standards, and prepare them to join their next units,” Smith said. “We see a lot of older students here that have significant life experiences, a wide range of different age groups, so it’s a unique training environment.” The Army decided to replace drill sergeants in 2007 with AIT platoon sergeants. They were to act as mentors to trainees, preparing them for first unit of assignment and acclimating them to the operational Army environment. Based on reports from line units of discipline standards and attrition in the last few years, the Army reversed course. All current 229th platoon sergeants will become drill sergeants, a strategy Co. B 1st Sgt....
French War College language department heads visit DLIFLC

French War College language department heads visit DLIFLC

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – Jerome Collin, the dean of the French department at the Ecole de Guerre, Paris, or French War College, and Emilie Cleret, the dean of the English department, visited the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center March 20-22. The French War College is a highly prestigious graduate school for officers within the French Armed Forces and is similar to the U.S. Army War College and those of other services. Training also includes language education in French and English. “It was an absolute pleasure to host faculty members of the French War College. We have been collaborating with their College for about three years now, as a result of meeting them at the annual Bureau of International Language Coordination summits which we participate in,” said Associate Provost of Academic Support, Detlev Kesten. Collin observed French classes being taught at DLIFLC and met with students and faculty, while Cleret attended the DLIFLC Advanced Language Academy. She also presented at the academy on the subject of transformative pedagogy for learners at higher levels March 22. Transformative pedagogy was previously presented by former DLIFLC Provost, Dr. Betty-Lou Leaver, at the BILC conference in Riga, Latvia, May 2016. Students who attend the War College are usually at the mid-point of their career and selected by a competitive admission exam. Once they complete their course work, they usually go on to high level appointments within the French military. Two thirds of the students are French learning English, while the rest are foreign officers learning French. DLIFLC provides resident instruction in 17 languages at the Presidio of...
IWTC Monterey Language Students Experience VQ-1 Static Display

IWTC Monterey Language Students Experience VQ-1 Static Display

Courtesy Story Center for Information Warfare Training   MONTEREY, Calif. – Students from Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Monterey visited Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ 1), March 21. The Whidbey Island-based squadron visited the Monterey Jet Center and provided a static display of an EP-3E Aries II reconnaissance aircraft for IWTC Monterey students attending linguistics courses at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC). Cmdr. Andy Newsome, commanding officer of IWTC Monterey, requested the visit to provide an operational context for the language training the Sailors receive at DLIFLC. “Many of our newest Sailors are unsure of what it means to conduct information warfare in the fleet,” said Newsome. “We feel strongly that by giving our Sailors a glimpse of what their shipmates are doing, we can help increase their motivation to excel in language learning.” More than 100 students and staff members visited the static display and interacted with the aircrew. Seaman Apprentice Zachary Bassett stated that he was inspired by the presence of the other linguists there. “I felt that if they can do it, I can do it too,” said Bassett. “The tour made the idea of going to aircrew feel like more than this mythical legend that your recruiter tells you about and turned it into a tangible goal.” The EP-3E Aries II is a land-based multi-intelligence reconnaissance aircraft based on the P-3 Orion airframe. The aircraft provides fleet and theater commanders worldwide with near real-time tactical signals intelligence and full motion video intelligence. “This is a great experience for the language students,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Vinny Cassano. “I spent my entire...
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