Accession Number:

AD0626262

Title:

A SELF-INSTRUCTIONAL TACTICAL LANGUAGE COURSE IN RUSSIAN,

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1965-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

74.0

Abstract:

To enable the combat soldier to obtain perishable, tactical information from newly captured prisoners of war, a brief, self-instructional Russian language course was developed and evaluated. Materials obtained from questionnaires administered of combat-experienced personnel were reviewed and refined, resulting in a final version of course content that covered areas of information likely to be used in any offensive or defensive questioning situation. The course was taken by 13 students having language aptitudes ranging from 0 to the 97th percentile on the Army Language Aptitude Test. Upon completion, they were tested on content acquisition of all material in the course and on ability to use the material to obtain information from native Russians during simulated combat-area questioning. The results were a mean of 93 correct for speaking and understanding Russian and an 89 mean in translating answers given by the Russians, thus demonstrating the feasibility of such a course. The structure and questioning techniques seem effective in helping to elicit understandable answers from nonEnglish-speaking personnel and may serve as a basis for development of similar courses in other languages. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Linguistics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE