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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 AMMAN 005650
FSI FOR ILDIKO COSSICH, PLP COORDINATOR
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AFSI AMGT KFLO JO SUBJECT: PLP direct funding initiative
1. Amman welcomes this opportunity to submit proposals for fsi's post language program direct funding initiative. The current uncertain political atmosphere in the region has led to an increased interest among Mission employees and EFM's in gaining a greater mastery of (or in many cases a simple familiarity with) the Arabic language. Amman's FY01 and FY 02 PLP direct funding proposals have enabled the contracting of language instruction services from a second PLP instructor. This second instructor has made a significant positive impact on post morale through instruction of EFMs; OMS's and MSG's, and has opened an opportunity for language study to many who had not previously considered it a possibility. In this year's funding request, post seeks to widen still further the opportunity for language familiarization throughout the embassy community, as well as to deepen language capabilities of our beginner and intermediate language learners.
2. Classroom Instruction/Field Trips: Post seeks to retain our additional language instructor, whose instruction of EFM's OMS's and MSG's has provided a significant boost to post morale. The language aptitude of a majority of these students is at or just above the beginner level. Our second instructor has developed a creative mix of group classroom instruction and situational learning opportunities (including field trips) that post will continue to encourage in the coming year. Situational learning opportunities aimed at EFM's have included visits to grocery stores and other commercial establishments; rides in taxi cabs; visits to restaurants and other locales of interest. In addition, OMS's and MSG;s have their own situational learning needs, including targeted telephone skills. Current events in the region require special attention to MSG language needs. Post language officer has begun work with RSO to develop a core situational vocabulary and phrase curriculum that will be incorporated into MSG instruction for the coming year. We request funding to support 20 hours of instruction per week, for 48 weeks, at the rate of usd 15.00 per hour (total usd 14,400). We also request transportation costs related to our excursions at a local rate of usd 5.00 per hour at four hours per session times 36 sessions for fy 03 (USD 720).
3. Immersion Opportunities: Post would like to develop an immersion program in conjunction with staff and administrative resources available at post through the local Peace Corps program. Jordan is host to the only Peace Corps chapter in the immediate region, and the Peace Corps conducts an extensive language training and immersion program for its yearly group of volunteers. Post proposes to tap into these resources to arrange for a limited number of immersion opportunities for post employees. Given that immersion experiences require a certain minimum language requirement, participants in this program are expected to be at the intermediate level and above. Post proposes budgeting per diem and administrative costs for four (4) one-week immersion programs and four (4) weekend programs for FY 03. Initial discussions with Peace Corps Director indicate this idea is realizable at post. For this program, post calculates 32 total days (5 days for the one-week program; 3 days for the weekend program) with a usd 14.00 per day stipend to the local family, totalling usd 448.00.
4. New Materials: To serve our audience of largely beginner students, post seeks funding for the purchase of 10 copies of the "Alif Baa" book and tape set. Priced on amazon.com, the alif baa sets cost usd 34.95 per copy, times 10 copies equals 349.50. Adding usd 50.00 for shipping/handling leads to a total request of usd 400.00 for the alif baa books and tapes. In addition, post seeks funding for one copy of the interactive "al mumtaz" arabic computer program. Post was unable to locate cost information for this product (which is loaded on all fsi language lab computers), and asks that fsi add the cost of one copy of the program to the total of this funding proposal.
5. CLO Language Introduction Evenings: In association with the CLO, post seeks to conduct six introductory lectures/discussions on the Arabic language with the broader Embassy community. While post language programs enjoy strong interest, there remains a large number of employees and efm's who have little or no understanding of the arabic language. Post proposes these introductory sessions, to be conducted in the evenings as a joint lecture/social event as a way of acquainting this audience (including short to long-term TDYers) with the basic elements of Arabic, to enhance and ease their experience in Jordan. For this program, post calculates a cost of 3 language instruction hours at usd 15.00 per hour, times six sessions, totalling usd 270.00 Additionally, post seeks funding of usd 180.00 for supplies (usd 30.00 per event), for a complete total of usd 450.00.
6. Language Partners: Post proposes establishing a language partner program for those employees, efm's; oms's; and msg's who might benefit from an out-of- classroom learning experience. These partners would not be tutors nor would their interaction with post participants mirror what is done in the classroom. These partners would provide participants an opportunity for real-world practice in the language, in an informal setting. Post seeks funding for ten hours/week to initiate a language partner program. We calculate a local rate of usd 7.00 per hour, or usd 70.00 per week, for 48 weeks, totals usd 3360.00.
7. Post calculates an overall total for this proposal at usd 19,778.00, with the cost of one "al- mumtaz" computer-based arabic instruction program not included.
8. Point of contact for this proposal is justin siberell, a recent graduate of the tunis language program. hE assumed post language officer responsibilities in august 2002.