If you have an opportunity to listen to audio materials produced by DLIFLC’s famous Oral Proficiency Testing department, you may hear a familiar soft, yet beautifully eloquent voice on the recordings, which have been used as training materials for hundreds of OPI testing instructors.
“I have been here for a very, very long time… since 1978,” said Monica Lavelle, now assistant dean in the Multi Language School where Dari, Pashto, Turkish, and Persian Farsi are taught.
Lavelle said she began working at DLIFLC because her parents urged her to find a “serious” job after graduation. “Of course, they thought DLI was the best place on earth, especially since my father, uncle and cousin had all taught German here.”
“I have had a lot of fun working in so many different departments at DLI,” she said, citing her time spent teaching in the German department, in Faculty Development, in the OPI program, in Team Leadership and in the English as a Second Language program. Before becoming assistant dean in 2007, Lavelle had been an academic specialist for the same school.
“One of the most interesting projects I have ever worked on was the Basic Military Language Course in 1993, which was a 16-week course produced for the Special Forces at Fort Bragg. I was a part of the German pilot team and translated German into English,” said Lavelle.