Military Institute of Language Training US Department of Defense
5 November marked the 75 anniversary of the founding of the Military Institute of Language Training of the US Department of Defense, which became the closest analogue of the Military Institute of Foreign Languages of the Red Army.
The Military Language Training Institute - Defense Language Institute - is an educational and research institution consisting of two divisions: the Foreign Language Center (FIA) and the English Language Center (CIA) (English Language Center). The centers provide language and cultural studies of individuals in the interests of the Ministry of Defense and federal agencies, including the CIA, as well as numerous customers around the world. The functions of the WNTI are curriculum development, planning and implementation of the educational process and research work.
The CSI is deployed at the Fort Monterey military base in Monterey (California). CAIA - at Leckland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
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The CSI is considered one of the best foreign language schools in the United States. Here, up to 3,5 thousand students can be trained at the same time. Full-time form of education. The training mode is 5 days per week for 7 hours per day of classroom hours and for 2 – 3 hours - extracurricular. Courses range in duration from 36 to 64 weeks, depending on the complexity of the language:
36 week courses are designed for Indonesian, Spanish and French;
48-weekly - for Hebrew, Russian, Tagalog, Urdu and Farsi;
64-weekly - for Arabic literary language and its dialects (Egyptian, Iraqi, Syrian, Sudanese), Chinese, Korean, Pashto, and Japanese.
Students are taught about 1800 instructors with higher education, 98% of whom are native speakers of the languages they teach. In addition to conducting classes, teachers also prepare teaching materials, including monitoring and evaluation tools and monitoring and measuring materials, as well as monitor the educational process and engage in scientific research.
To consolidate and develop students' knowledge, language practice programs are implemented, in which students with their teachers spend several days at isolated residential facilities where they are forbidden to speak English. Such programs include the development of situational episodes, as well as training in negotiating, etc. Students are also sent for language internships of up to 30 days in the countries of the studied languages.
Individuals with basic training, as well as non-US citizens, take a course at the Continuing Education Directorate, founded in 2000 and located in Seaside, near Monterey. The Office includes 4 units: a resident training department, a distance learning department, an intensive programs department and a field support department.
In the department for training residents, training is conducted at two levels - intermediate and advanced, and also there are refresher courses. About 120 trainees study here annually. Currently, the list of languages studied in this department includes Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Serbo-Croatian and Farsi.
The Distance Learning Department was created to support professional linguists before deploying troops in remote areas of the globe, as well as to advise on regional studies and regional studies. A training course for professional linguists is 4 – 6 weeks, and prior to deployment, a training course can last from two days to two weeks. Training is provided in Arabic, Vietnamese, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Serbo-Croatian, as well as in various dialects. The list of studied languages may vary depending on the situation in international relations.
The intensive programs department was formed as a result of the expansion of distance learning: language training units were set up around the world. Troops include from 2 to 20 instructors.
The field support department consists of 15 remote sites located around the world for language teaching and regional geography. These sites are classified into five categories: special operations, professional military education, general purpose forces, Afghanistan / Pakistan, and an interpreter / translator. The attendance at these sites can vary from one to hundreds of military personnel, depending on the need. The duration of on-site training ranges from a few days to 48 weeks.
In total, the divisions of the Office during the year can receive training up to 30 thousand students.
In addition, the FIA staff support language learning sites.
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CAIA is a tool of US foreign policy. CAJ was created in May 1954 in the form of the 374-th pre-flight training squadron of the US Air Force to teach English to all United States military personnel, as well as representatives of US-loyal regimes. In 1960, the 374 Squadron was transformed into a specialized language school of the United States Air Force, in 1966 - the WIAP English language school, from 1976 - the CETI WIAP.
In 1993, the current campus has been opened. Compact technically equipped classes are designed for student-centered learning. In addition, CAHD curricula meet the diverse needs of a diverse composition of students, both in terms of teaching and in the diversity of language aspects. Every year, students from more than 100 countries of the world study under the CAH programs. Training is paid by the host.
In addition to the training of foreign students, the CAJ is responsible for providing opportunities for English language training for US servicemen for whom English is not native.
Training in the CAL is conducted in three areas of study: General English, specialized English courses, and advanced English language skills. Depending on the needs of students, training can vary from 9 weeks for specialized aspects of English to 52 weeks for a general aspect of English. A regular school day involves 6 hours of study.
The staff of CAJ has approximately 500 English language teachers for foreign speakers.
About a third of international students in the United States begin their journey through CAIA.
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