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August 13, 1959
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040068-1 Office Memorandum ? UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT Acting Chief, Language and Area School Deputy for Language Training Weekly Activities Report DATE: 13 August 1959 A. SIGNIFICANT ITEMS None to report. B. OTHER ACTIVITIES 1. The Qualifications Review Panel which met last week approved the applications of three employees for external Arabic training, one for the LAS full-time Arabic course, and one for the LAS full-time Chinese course. 2. LAS has received a request from NE to schedule a new Basic part-time course in Turkish in September. We had originally scheduled Phase III of an earlier Basic course to begin in September, but could if desirable change to Phase I. Our Turkish courses have had a high rate of attrition in the past, in spite of the fact that they ar in I Building, and this has been pointed out to offered by FSI for their full-time Thai course this September, to the extent of absolutely guaranteeing two bodies. We have informed FSI of our acceptance of the slots, and are now awaiting final word as to whether they are still available. 4. We have had no word on the clearance of any of the prospective Arabic instructors, and this leads us to face the necessity for offering our full-time Arabic course somewhat later in the fall than had been our intention. Not knowing when we might count on an instructor, we have not yet been able to announce a definite date. Incidentally, there appears to be some misunderstanding, possibly as a result of Mr. Bissell's directive on this subject, about the course to be given by LAS. In a His comment was that there were good reasons for a ra o those concerned and that this was "something we would have to live with". We plan, despite this lack of assurance about the future, to meet NE's request for the new beginners' course, with some stronger strictures about cancellation if enrollment drops below minimum. 3? has shown great interest in the two slots we were 7-, 9 Z L, r. uunr fi ?_ f RE-REVIE Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040068-1 Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040068-1 conversation with) expressed considerable surprise on learning we are planning to offer the course in the regular way, that is, open to any qualified Agency employee. view had been that, since NE has been directed to hire and place in the field anyone who successfully completes the course, all candidates for the course should be screened by IRE. e Basic German FT class spent four days o ek at accom anied by of LAS. acted as chaperone and contributed greatly to the the trip. 6. ~ has been working on revised budget estimates for the VIIIP during FY 1960. These figures, which show a considerable saving in the VLTP over the amounts shown in the official OTR estimates, are being held for discussion with the D/TR upon his return. 7 informs us that Personnel has approved our use of on a part-time basis for typing Russian, Polish and German. contract has been signed, but this. will not be counted against our ceiling. has completed typing of the Polish Area Reader and is now working on some Russian structural drills. She receives fifty cents per double-spaced page. article 8. An ppearing :.n tne e ruary 1959 Foreign ervice Journal, was included in the printed "Hearing before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Foreign Relations on Improvement in Standards of Language Proficiency and in Recruiting for the Foreign Service", April 16, 1959. This was part of the material in support of the Saltonstall Bill 9.12+3 to establish standards of foreign language proficiency for the Foreign Service of the United States. 9. TO/OSI,.has informed us that six students from his office are scheduled to enroll in Basic Russian Reading (I), four in Basic Russian Reading (II), two in Scientific Russian Reading, and three in the Seminars. 10.I are re-organizing somewhat the structure of Basic Russian Reading and II), with a view to reducing the grammatical content and increasing the amount of material intended for practice in reading. Although the same texts will be used as in previous years, supplementary mimeographed sheets will be handed the students embodying the above features. 11. Two persons from SR and one from AF are now receiving special part-time training in spoken Russian. This training is expected to continue until about the middle of September. Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040068-1 Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040068-1 1 1FIlE TIAL 12. "interviewed a prospective French instructor - The quality of French is native and the availability is Part-Time. 13. A rush typing job in French was done for of the Romance Language Department. The 20 page document was repro aced in record time. Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040068-1