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Air Force general says much can be learned from DLIFLC
|MONTEREY, Calif. – The commanding general of the Air Education and Training Command said he would be taking back to Randolph Air Force Base lessons learned during his visit to the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center May 8 and 9. |
“I think we can learn a lot from what you are doing here,” said Gen. Edward A. Rice in an interview, referring to the use of technology and intensive language and culture programs in the 25 languages taught at DLIFLC.
“We need to think about how these generations of young people have grown up with technology … The more we can bring to them learning in a way that is already familiar to them, the faster they will learn and the longer they will retain it,” he said.
With interactive whiteboards in every classroom and iPads and iPods issued to students, Rice had the opportunity to see first-hand the benefit of having easily accessible and current information at the fingertips of instructors and students while observing a Persian Farsi to Afghan Dari conversion class.
“I am impressed with the faculty and technology I have seen in the classrooms. What you have brought to the classroom is exactly what we are trying to do across the Air Education and Training Command because it is the way of the future. I think you are leading here in a lot of that,” said Rice.
During his two-day trip, Rice dined with students, visited their barracks, and addressed the 311th and 314th Training Squadrons at the Presidio during their morning formation.
Story and photos by Natela Cutter, Strategic Communications
Photo 1: Gen. Edward A. Rice, the commanding general of the Air Education and Training Command, walks with Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center Assistant Commandant Col. Laura Ryan and Multi Language School Dean Jack Franke, to a class observation at Corpuz Hall May 8, 2012.
Photo 2: Gen. Edward A. Rice, the commanding general of the Air Education and Training Command, observes a Persian Farsi to Afghan Dari conversion course at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center May 8, 2012.