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HONESTY | RESPECT | INITIATIVE | RESPONSIBILITY | TEAMWORK YEAR 20 15 IN REVIEW Diplomatic Language Services
WHAT'S NEW? DLS Purpose & Core Values This year, DLS defined our Purpose… We make the world better when we understand each other.
WHAT'S NEW? DLS Purpose & Core Values …and we fulfill our Purpose through adoption of our Core Values: HONESTY RESPECT INITIATIVE RESPONSIBILITY TEAMWORK
WHAT'S NEW? Herndon Location DLS–Herndon is expanding to 28 classrooms in Jan 2016!
WHAT'S NEW? Elkridge Location DLS–Elkridge has 12 classrooms available.
OUT & ABOUT 5 Conference Presentations TESOL Arabia ACTFL Taking the Leap: EFL Instructors abroad Adapting Your Teaching for One-on-One Training Reflecting Forward (TESOL International Assoc. ) Taking the Leap: EFL Instructors abroad ILR Roundtable Integrating Language and Culture ACTFL Using Cultural Critical Incidents to Enhance Language Instruction
LEARNING TOOLS Distance Learning at DLS Study a language from home or anywhere with internet access. Conveniently schedule live meetings directly with your instructor. Access class materials online, including PDFs, audio and video. Interact face-to-face with your instructor, just like in a classroom based course.
LEARNING TOOLS Learning Management System Take class surveys. Participate in discussion boards. Access textbooks, articles, audio, and videos. View and submit homework.
LEARNING TOOLS Zoom An online tool with many functions, including: Virtual Face-to-Face Sharable Content Whiteboard Chat Feature Web Browser Flexibility
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMEN T IAT Curriculum for MARSOC Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command • Arabic, French, Indonesian, Tagalog • Mission-focused language and scenarios • Regional and general culture • 24 -week course • Listening/Speaking focus • Under subcontract with Alps Solutions
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMEN T Defense Language Institute (Navy) Somali Basic Course • • • 43 -week course Listening/reading focus 100 additional practice passages ISO immersion scenarios On-site piloting, implementation Under subcontract with Alps Solutions
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMEN T Naval Special Warfare Command Initial Acquisition Training Curriculum • Swahili, Tagalog, Arabic, Pashto, French, Farsi, Spanish, Korean • Mission-focused language and scenarios • 12 -week basic course Online Instructor Training Program • Blended learning modules • Delivered in D 2 L Cross-Cultural Competence • 40 -hour training • Interactive and mission-relevant • ISO Scenario context
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMEN T AFSOC Scope and Sequence for Air Force Special Operations Command • • 15 -, 24 -, 29 -week basic courses Mission-focused language and scenarios Listening/speaking focus Working under ALPS contract
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMEN T The Team Language Development Teams • Native speakers who are experienced teachers • Non-native speakers of the target language • Pedagogical specialist Instructional Designers • Language, assessment experts • Culture experts(regional and general) Production Team • Visual designers, editors Learning Technology Team • Technology experts
PROFESSIONA L DEVELOPMEN T Instructor Training Program Monthly instructor training workshops Online instructor training modules Language specific instructor training
PROFESSIONA L DEVELOPMEN T Instructor Training Program
CULTURAL DEVELOPMEN T DLS Events • Company-wide cultural events held every quarter • Celebrations from all over the world • Authentic fare and activities from correlating region • Opportunity for students to interact with fellow language learners, instructors, and DLS staff
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMEN T DLS Community Involvement DLS sponsored Race for the Cure team biked 150 miles to raise over $2, 500 for Multiple Sclerosis Society
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMEN T DLS Community Involvement DLS Adopt a Road program cleans 2 mile stretch every quarter.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMEN T DLS Community Involvement Annual participants in Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure in Washington, D. C.