Language Training within the MoD in the Context of the MoD Order Nr. 1/2007


The most frequent word in language preparation is successfulness. This term could be quantified, defined, examined from the point of growth or rating decrease. Our language preparation sticks to Defence Minister Order No 1/2007 (effective from September 2010) on language training. It abolished integrated language courses, teaching units for SLP 1, 2 were decreased. The author examines the situation before and after the publication of the said order and provides possible explanations of the current state, showing slow descent. He supports his explanations with empirical data gathered in foregoing years, through surveys, statistical analyses of test results, in-class observations, and oral feedback from course learners.

Lt.Col. Mgr. Jan Šmíd, born in 1977, Faculty of Education, Technical University of Liberec, disciplines English language and civics. In 1999 he started to teach in Education and Training Centre, Ministry of Defence (ŠVS MO), Komorní Hrádek, later at he the Defence Language Institute Vyškov. Since 2004, he has been working at the Defence Language Institute (ÚJP) Vyškov, where he held the position of head of language teaching division first, and at present he is a head of teaching methods and testing division. He represents the Czech Republic at various seminars and conferences organized by the NATO Bureau for International Language Coordination (BILC). He completed several courses in Great Britain and the United States, aimed at further education of language teachers and managers.

Country: Czech Republic


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