The 351st Military Intelligence (MI) Battalion (BN), Louisiana Army National Guard (LAARNG), required an innovative language training solution to fulfill their mandated requirement to have French an German linguists in support of national defense priorities. Since they were a subordinate unit of the 300th MI Brigade (BDE), Utah Army National Guard (UTARNG), it became my responsibility, as the brigade’s language officer, to design, develop, implement and evaluate an effective French and German basic acquisition language program (BALP), which resulted in a 10 week interactive, communicative and inventive language training curriculum.
Along with personally supervising the French portion of the project, I oversaw and coordinated the entire design and development effort with professional brigade linguists supported by a three day workshop conducted by a Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) instructor mobile training team (MTT). The interactive and communicative course resulted in students achieving a basic advanced proficiency level in speaking, listening and reading as measured by the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT).
My novel and fresh pedagogical methodology produced proficient linguists in approximately half the time with a resultant cost savings over then current government language courses. I also instituted week-end language and culture activities which contextualized and enabled the students’ learning.