May 25, 2011
From Center for Information Dominance Public Affairs
PENSACOLA, Fla (NNS) — The Navy’s Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (CLREC) and the Academic Consortium for Global Education (ACGE) announced May 24, volunteers are needed for a new language learning study.
Volunteers are being asked to participate in a Navy research project testing an innovative language learning program, ISLET (Integrated System for Language Education & Training).
Conceived as an alternative to traditional computer-based training and classroom instruction, ISLET employs online social networking, interactive role-play, competitive gaming and speech recognition to create an immersive environment for collaborative learning.
This study, funded by the Office of Naval Research, is intended to validate the ISLET prototype’s capacity to deliver the equivalent of 3-4 semesters of college-level French to at least 200 learners.
There is no cost to participants. Participants gain information, accomplish quests and “level up” by communicating in French with shipmates and an Artificial Intelligence (AI) in an immersive 3-D virtual environment.
Upon completion, participants may complete a Defense Language Proficiency Test for French. The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends college credit in foreign language based on DLPT results.
Interested Navy Active Duty and Reserve Officers and Enlisted may log in to Navy Knowledge Online and navigate to the Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (CLREC) page. Once there, click on the ISLET banner to be redirected to the ISLET homepage – using the webmail available on the ISLET pages you may direct any questions regarding ISLET and the enrollment process to a member of the research team.
For details, contact CLREC Director Christopher Wise at (850) 452-6736 or firstname.lastname@example.org