Languages other than English for Defence Force Deployment

Elizabeth Thomson, Helen de Silva Joyce

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    History will show 2011 was one of the most intense operational periods the ADF has experienced in recent years … At its peak, almost 3 500 ADF personnel were providing assistance in the wake of Cyclone Yasi and following floods in Queensland and Victoria … There are currently around 3 330 ADF personnel deployed overseas including our missions in East Timor, the Solomon Islands and a variety of smaller operations. In addition, close to 550 members are engaged in domestic border security operations. (General David Hurley – Defence Magazine Issue 6 2011: 5) The Australian Army currently operates within a philosophical and conceptual framework known as Adaptive Campaigning, involving five mutually reinforcing and interdependent lines of operations:
    § Joint land combat
    § Population protection
    § Information actions
    § Population support
    § Indigenous capacity building
    Deployed personnel use a range of languages to perform routine workplace activities with local security personnel and civilians and to build rapport and establish working relationships with people in local communities. This paper focuses on two aspects of the redesign of the curricula of the suite of language courses at the Defence Force School of Languages (DFSL): systemic functional linguistics as a framework for design and the integration of interculturality and language learning strategies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTo boldly proceed
    Subtitle of host publicationPapers from the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress
    EditorsJohn S. Knox
    Place of PublicationSydney
    PublisherThe Organising Committee of the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress, Sydney
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9780646582573
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event39th International Systemic Functional Congress: ISFC 39 - University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 16 Jul 201220 Jul 2012


    Conference39th International Systemic Functional Congress


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