Professional Language Skills Enhancement Training: An Arizona State University LTC Partnership Proposal

Project: Research project

Project Details


In response to the IIEs RFP for Language Training Centers (LTCs), Arizona State University, in partnership with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), requests $380,865 to provide an LTC for domestic and overseas training of DIA personnel in Russian, Persian, and Turkic languages and cultures. The primary goal of the ASU LTC will be to advance DIA specialists with ILR-2 level skills in these languages to ILR 3. ASU will include translation/interpretation training for local military personnel and for commissioned graduates of the ROTC program. It will also provide interpreter training workshops for the Phoenix Naval Operations Support Center. Modeled on ASUs Critical Languages Institute (CLI), one of the nations leading summer training institutes for less commonly taught languages, the ASU LTC will be co-directed by Melikian Center Director Professor Batalden, CLI Director Dr. Evans-Romaine, and Professor Sipka, who collectively bring to the project more than seventy years of experience in language and cultural training for USG personnel. Like the CLI, which operates training centers in the U.S. and six overseas locations, the ASU LTC will employ certified, trained, and experienced instructors and staff in all sites. Informed by data emerging from Language Flagship programs, instruction in all locations will be intensive and proficiency-oriented. Overseas training will include homestays and extensive extramural one-on-one semi-structured tutorial site visits. To assure program effectiveness, the ASU LTC will employ periodic external assessment of trainee language proficiency (OPI, CL- 150, etc.). Careful evaluation and monitoring is built into each phase of this ASU partnership.
Effective start/end date10/1/139/30/14


  • US Department of Defense (DOD): $274,916.00


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