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September 24, 1959
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STANDARD FOR Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040052-8 Office Memorandum ? UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT Chief, Language and Area School Deputy for Language Training Weekly Activities Report DATE: 24 September 1959 A. SIGNIFICANT ITEMS None to report. B. OTHER ACTIVITIES 1. has passed along a pertinent remark of C/WE to me. In a conversation which touched upon language training ,remarked' that he had been approached by a number of people from WH Division who wanted rotation tours in Spain, but that almost none of them spoke Spanish. This is a reflection of the lack of interest in Spanish training by WH Division. 2. The Saturday morning Institute was held for thirty instructors in the Voluntary Language Training Program on 12 September. This is the regular training and briefing session which is held for the VLTP faculty at the beginning of each semester. During this session instruction and demonstrations are given on teaching techniques and drill methods with particular a hasis devoted to the spoken language. The exercise was organized by main attractions were the talks and demonstrations presents Four of the VLTP French instructors participated In e emon- strations as a model class, for which purpose they had memorized one of the French lessons. The exercise was conducted quite informally and was studded by frequent questions and comments by the instructors. A lively discussion followed the demonstrations. Instructor response to the Institute was excellent and from many comments made by the instructors this appears to have been the best Saturday morning Institute to date. 3. The French full-time Intermediate course scheduled to begin 12 October has been cancelled. The requirements of the two persons (both from the Africa Division) who had expressed an interest in the course were more appropriately filled in other programs. 4. The part-time Basic French (Phase III) was added to our offering in French this fall. The course began Monday, 21 September with five students. 5. We have agreed to offer a Special Reading course in Russian for SR personnel. The class is to be held i "J" Building and will last from 28 September to 20 May 1960. 25 YEAR RE-R Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040052-8 Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040052-8 STANDARCC FORM NO. fW v F 1. 1 11?J' 1 is I I I Office Memorandum TO Chief, Language and Area School FROM : Deputy Chief, Area Training SUBJECT: Weekly Activities Report 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT DATE:23 September 1959 A. SIGNIFICANT ITEM None B. OTHER A CT IVIT IFS 1. visited Mr. George Faust, new "Consultant for Centers", Language Development Section, in HEW. Our interest stemmed from the last Area Roundtable Meeting, which suggested an effort to explore HEW's plans for the encouragement of Area Training under the National Defense Education Act. At present, all institutions approved for financial grants toward the development of Language Centers must include some facilities for area studies. 2. The AA0 for the Middle East, scheduled to begin September 28, will concentrate on Iran because the only registrants, 5 from Commo, are heading for that country. Because of the small number of registrants, the course also will be shortened. The la k of response from NE, despite efforts by T/0 can be remedied, believes, by propagandiz- ing the course with the ranch chiefs rather far in advance of the course's actual running. Toward this end, will confer with =DC/NE, this coming Monday. 3. We seem to be right back where we were six months ago in dealing with WE Division on the AAO. I reported that they have withdrawn their only two candidates at the 11th hour a week ago, and hence no briefs on Western Europe was given. Now a chance encounter with C/WE has revealed that he "would have had six candidates, who are going out this fall, for the first time, three of whom really needed this type of brief- ing." Furthermore, I find that my previous contacts in WE for lining up candidates were not the right ones, even though they had been laid on by DC iE; and included the Chief of Support and the T/O directed me to who, , handles most types or training, and who has now warmly encouraged me to take my problems to him. 4. DAD/NE (Chester Cooper) has reacted favorably to my proposition for to serve as consultant and co-director of our prospective Senior Area Seminar - Europe. This course will be postponed from November to January, however, to avoid ONE's peak production season in the late fall. N)N1fif i\TIAI Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040052-8 Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040052-8 UUIY1UJLIN I ItiL will give us an average of one hour a week through the balance of 1959, and about half a day a thereafter until completion of the course. In the coming weeks, with help, I plan to complete organiza- tion of topics and reading lists., reach agreement on desirable guest specialists, and begin direct contacts with interested divisions for the nomination of suitable candidates, up to a maximum of 12. I intend to establish an official schedule of a full day once a week for six weeks, with half of each class day reserved for consultation and study. 5. gave an illustrated briefing in Quarters Eye on his recent area familiarization trip throughout Africa and the Middle East, which was attended by about a dozen lAS personnel. 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