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Title: Teaching%20Pashto%20by%20Distance%20Education


1
  • Teaching Pashto by Distance Education
  • November 11, 2008
  • San Diego, California

2
  • Indiana University Received Funding for SLCP in
    Spring 2007
  • Paul Foster PI
  • Henry Cooper PI
  • LTC Eric D. Arnold, CM USA ROTC
  • LTC John D. Golden, CM AF ROTC
  • Blake Puckett, Director IU SLCP

3
  • IU SLCP Program Outline
  • Summer Intensive Bloomington, Indiana
  • Academic Year 10 months follow on study at
    cadets home institution

4
  • Summer Intensive 8-9 Weeks
  • Summer Workshop on Slavic, East European and
    Central Asian Languages
  • 9 Strategic Languages Offered Regularly
  • Arabic Azerbaijani
  • Russian Kazakh
  • Pashto Turkmen
  • Tajiki Uzbek
  • Uyghur

5
  • Academic Year
  • Cadets return to their home institution for
    intermediate or advanced language studies
  • If home university does not offer required
    language, then

6
  • Distance Education Language Study
  • CeLCAR has 5 years teaching Central Asian/Afghan
    languages by DE (NSEP grants)
  • Partners
  • Department of Central Eurasian Studies at IU
  • College of Arts and Sciences/Indiana University
    (IT)
  • Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)
  • Big Ten Chicago CourseShare

7
  • Key Components
  • Unified Administration Registration, Tuition
    and Credit Transfer
  • Technology -- Polycom videoconference, but many
    other affordable technologies
  • Pedagogy mixed classes multiple remote sites
  • Materials CeLCAR has developed multimedia and
    web-based resources
  • Assessment Proficiency Standards and Exams for
    Pashto

8
  • Success Story 2 ROTC Cadets at IU in the
    Advanced Pashto Course
  • 1st Cohort of SLCP in 2007/2008
  • Juniors in 2008/2009
  • What next for these two cadets?

9
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Strengths extends opportunities nationwide
    unlimited future use of technology and DE Pashto
    interest continues to grow.
  • Weaknesses DE can never replace bricks and
    mortars especially for an undergraduate
    experience in a communicative classroom drop out
    rate higher than expected.
  • Opportunities build partnerships, extend to
    other languages.
  • Threats beyond 3rd year? Summer programs?
    Funding?

10
  • Question 1 what would the militaries need to do
    to make distance learning sustainable?
  • Question 2 how to get a significant overseas
    Pashto language program experience for our
    cadets? PRTs, Pakistan?
  • Question 3 how to better integrate our
    programs?
  • Question 4 how to tie into other NSLI programs
    (STARTALK, Flagship, Title VI,etc.)?
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