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ERIC Number: ED377719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Language Training in the Context of Diplomacy for Global Competitiveness at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State.
Hoffman, Christina
An objective of the Department of State's Foreign Service Institute (FSI) in its agenda for change is diplomacy for global competitiveness (DGC). For the language school, this means training to enable students to actively and skillfully represent the United States abroad, take leadership roles furthering U.S. competitiveness, understand the target culture and be able to function linguistically and otherwise within it, explain and advocate effectively American values, systems, and products, and promote relations between the U.S. and the host country. A list of general principles guides its implementation, and an extensive list of topics relevant to DGC, with reference to both the U.S. and target countries, has been developed. These topics range from economic and commercial issues through politics, social issues, culture, and environment. FSI language classes aim at equipping students with general professional proficiency, at Level 3 in oral skills. It uses a variety of teaching methods and a curriculum that includes complex knowledge of the target country. Under DGC, officers need to be both knowledgeable about the target culture and language and also be activists for the United States within that culture's values and traditions. This requires considerable conversational skills and strategies to present policies favorably. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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