Teaching Pashto by Distance
Education
November 11, 2008
San Diego, California
Indiana University Received Funding for SLCP in Spring
2007
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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
• IU SLCP Program Outline
– Summer Intensive: Bloomington, Indiana
– Academic Year: 10 months follow on study at
cadet’s home institution
Summer Intensive – 8-9 Weeks
Summer Workshop on Slavic, East European and Central
Asian Languages
9 Strategic Languages Offered Regularly
Arabic
Russian
Pashto
Tajiki
Uyghur
Azerbaijani
Kazakh
Turkmen
Uzbek
Academic Year
Cadets return to their home institution for intermediate or
advanced language studies
If home university does not offer required language, then…
• 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
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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
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?
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SWOT Analysis
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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?
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Question 1: what would the militaries need to do to make
distance learning sustainable?
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Question 2: how to get a significant overseas Pashto language
program experience for our cadets? PRTs, Pakistan?
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Question 3: how to better integrate our programs?
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Question 4: how to tie into other NSLI programs (STARTALK,
Flagship, Title VI,etc.)?
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