|07KUWAIT1572||2007-11-01 11:00:00||UNCLASSIFIED||Embassy Kuwait|
VZCZCXYZ0002 PP RUEHWEB DE RUEHKU #1572 3051100 ZNR UUUUU ZZH P 011100Z NOV 07 FM AMEMBASSY KUWAIT TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0213
UNCLAS KUWAIT 001572
1. Summary: As part of our continued focus on language training,
Embassy Kuwait requests $30,500 from FSI's Direct Funding Initiative
for our FY08 Post Language Program (PLP). Thanks to FSI's FY07
funding, we formed Arabic language classes at the 0 through 2
proficiency levels in addition to a 3/beyond-3 course. We intend to
maintain all classes in FY08 given the sustained interest from
American direct hire employees and eligible family members (EFMs)
mission-wide. Our PLP goals are to enhance the proficiency and
productivity of language-designated position (LDP) staff and to
assist non-LDP personnel and adult EFMs to attain courtesy level
language skills. End summary.
2. Instruction: All of our interested Arabic LDP staff, many of
whom participated in FSI training, are off language probation and
want to use the PLP to enhance their proficiency, specifically in
job-specific vocabulary, while increasing their professional and
social integration into Arabic-speaking communities in Kuwait. In
FY06, we launched a 3/beyond-3 class for LDP students. Post
restarted the class in FY07 after contractual problems had
necessitated in a temporary suspension of the class. Participation
was excellent and students were very pleased. The level 2 course is
aimed at LDP staff who use Arabic on a regular basis professionally.
Level 1 students are primarily non-LDP direct hires. Level 0 is
geared toward EFMs and non-LDP specialists. The level 0 course is
extremely popular and at one point we had to open two sections of
the class. This attests to the fact that language funding is being
well used at Embassy Kuwait. We also conduct separate level 0
training for the Marine Security Guards, which is funded by the
3. Guided study: We have a language library thanks to past funding.
We intend to purchase additional materials to bolster our offerings
for Arabic (focusing on Gulf dialect). We will use FSI
bibliographies as a guide when selecting language materials.
4. Instruction: We propose two hours of instruction weekly for each
of the four levels (0, 1, 2 and 3/beyond-3), which would run for 40
weeks (factoring in vacation, holidays and the month of Ramadan).
In the past year, participation has been so high that we have run
two sections of the 0 and 2 levels at various times. Therefore, we
need to budget for five two-hour classes. Based on local market
conditions and past experience hiring language instructors, we
expect the FY07 hourly wage to be $75 per classroom hour. (Note:
teachers in Kuwait charge for class preparation. These fees are
accounted for in the $75 figure. End Note.) Therefore, our request
for annual Arabic instruction is $30,000 (2 hours x 5 classes x 40
weeks x $75).
5. Guided study: For the one-time purchase of Arabic dialect
self-instruction materials to be used for several years, we request
6. Total: Our grand total FY08 funding request is $30,500. Past
experience has shown that classroom experience is very popular
whereas other activities are less popular. Our total budget request
is actually lower than it was in FY07 because it is more strictly
targeted at the programs that have worked effectively here.
Post-Funded PLP Training
7. We received no PLP funding from the bureau in FY06 or FY07.
8. The current Post Language Officer (PLO), Mark Rosenshield, will
depart post soon. Post will identify a new PLO soon and provide