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Virtual Conversation(R) Arabic Series - Pilot
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"It is probably the best tool that I have seen in language learning." - DLI Student
This four Virtual Conversations(R) programs is for Arabic linguists. Each of the programs allows the user to gather information through direct dialogue with a native Arabic speaker. Each character presents the user with a problem that can be resolved through inference from the information obtained. Each simulation includes a video Instructor who helps the user pronounce the questions and phrases necessary to conduct the interview.
The Enemy Prisoner of War is an Iraqi soldier captured near the Kuwait border. He has information about troops, weapons, and attack plans. He speaks in Iraqi dialect. The user may interrogate the EPW in either Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) or Iraqi. The objective is to determine the veracity of his story and to recommend the appropriate action.
The Pilot is an officer in the Iraqi air force who has decided to defect. He has valuable military information. The user may interrogate him in either Iraqi dialect or MSA; his responses are a natural mix of dialect and MSA. The objective is to determine if the pilot is a legitimate defector and evaluate his potential intelligence value.
The Civilian …migrť was a student at Baghdad University, arrested for political reasons. When finally released, he embarked on a harrowing escape across Iraq. He is requesting political asylum. The user must speak MSA to interrogate the civilian, who responds in MSA. The objective is to learn his story, assess its veracity, and make recommendations about his request for asylum.
The Kurdish Refugee and his family are in a camp being organized by Special Operations Forces. The refugee appears to be an educated man with the potential to help manage the camp. He responds to and speaks MSA. The objective of the interview is to determine whether he is trustworthy to assist in the organization of the camp.
Educational Effectiveness of the Arabic Series
"The more I used the program the more I understood the mind-set behind the individual. I felt like I did actually meet with him to a point where I understood what kind of person he was."
"You feel like you are talking to a person."
"It reinforces the three basic areas of language study: speaking, reading, and listening, all at the same time."
"It is probably the best tool that I have seen in language learning."
The main scientific experiment employed DLI evaluation instruments to assess the effectiveness of the model to increase proficiency levels. Intermediate students in a DLI Arabic refresher course used the series exclusively for four days. The data from this experiment proved that a linguist can rapidly recover lost language skills through this simulated immersion experience. The subjects significantly improved their speaking, listening, and reading skills during these four days with this methodology.
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