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August 26, 1959
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040066-3 Office Memorandum ? UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TO Acting Chief, Language and Area School DATE: 26 August 1959 FROM Deputy for language Training SUBJECT: Weekly Activities Report A. SIGNIFICANT ITEM None to report. B. OTHER ACTIVITIES 1. At the request of the DDP, we arranged fo a brief conversation with a contact not allowed access to these buildings, in order to assess his proficiency in Chinese. 2. We have been informed bvl of FE that, in view of the persuasive arrrument ofl of FDD to the effect that without LAS would not be able to provide suitable train- ng In a vane d se for FDD as in the past year, FE will be willing to release for about two hours a day until January 1960. This is welcome news, as t will both allow us to give the advanced course needed by FDD and give us more time to find an eventual replacement. 3? informs us that one man, and only one, will probably -e av a e or full-time Persian training in the fall. This faces us with the question whether to have give his course for one s to try to find external training for the student and allow continue work on his revised text - which incidentally is nea ng completion in its first-draft stage. Besides working on this text,is currently also giving informal tutorial instruction to three peop e. 4. So far this year there has been one application for full-time Japanese training, a JOT. He will be trained externally, probably at Monterey, since Yale is fully booked. 5. The full-time Chinese course, which began last fall with two students and had been running since June with one, has now been completed. Unfortunately, it now appears that the student who completed the course is not to be sent to his overseas station for a good many months yet. We will try to arrange some regular maintenance work for him until then. 6. has returned from TDY but is continuing to spend part of his time in completing his assignment. 25 YEAR r R ;U ID ' RE-R Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040066-3 Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040066-3 1A '44W 7. I are drawing up a set of advanced lessons to be used in the second year Russian courses of the viirp. 8. Col. Daniels of the Air Force Institute of Technology paid a visit to LAS on 21 August. He was greeted by and discussed with 9. some of the problems of teaching Russian to will be on leave until 8 September. 10. With the end of the Summer trimester 1959, a group of 5 students completed their third trimester of Swahili (103) in the Voluntary Language Training Program. These students were an unusually industrious and dedicated group as shown by the results of their Language Proficiency Tests, which they took at the end of the Sumer trimester. All of the students achieved Elementary in all aspects of the spoken language, one student received High and three others Intermediate in reading, which are exceptionally high scores after only three trimester. 11. Unfortunately this was the last trimester that Swahili will be taught in the VTn P, at least for the forseeable future, as the instructor, will not be available this fall. We have no substitute for him, since there is to the best of our knowledge no other competent Swahili speaker in the Metropolitan Area. N 15, T 'A L 2 Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040066-3