Military report – SLP level 4444
Below you will find an example of a report on one of the previously presented topics. It deals with a fictional need of language training in one of the Polish military unit. The original task for this answer is here.
Subject: Language training preparation
This report is to propose a constructive way forward regarding how to equip a classroom with necessary teaching aids and find teachers to support language training within the unit.
Our unit has to adhere to the MoD Directive 2349-2012 and reach the assumed interoperability in terms of language skills by the end of 2013. This will require providing additional language classes for 80 soldiers next year.
2. Classroom equipment
As learned from previous trainings, the most efficient way of providing appropriate training to our soldiers is to introduce a training facility in our unit and invite teachers.
Our unit owns a classroom designed for various trainings but it needs to be properly equipped.
The research conducted recently in several schools has shown that state-of-the-art solutions such as tablets, interactive IQ boards, electronic vocabularies and specialized software for distance learning have been introduced to the students. The same research undermined the role of those teaching aids when teacher was in place meeting students in person. Then, a teacher with traditional whiteboards and desks achieved similar results. Since we have this basic equipment, we only need teachers.
Definitely we have no resources for organizing in-house training. As announced on the MoD web page our unit can request support from the MoD Mobile Teaching Team (MTT). According to them, thirty teachers specialized in military-oriented vocabulary serve to military units on demand. This option appears very attractive, but it may not fit to our needs due to administrative burden. Considering the fact that many military units are likely to apply for such courses, we simply cannot meet the time requirements, thus we should also seek for an alternative solution.
4. Time schedules
All of the 80 soldiers who were foreseen for the training have STANAG 6001 certificates confirming their 2222 SLP level. Assuming that the groups should consist of no more than 20 students, four groups should be formed. Each group requires about 400 hours of training. Considering a schedule 5 days per 6 hours a week (30 hours a week), the course should last 13 weeks per each group.
Therefore, it may be required to prepare another training room or schedule evening and morning classes.
An alternative to MTT is outsourcing of the training to civilian schools. However, rates and quality of education should be very carefully examined in this case. The non-military trainers are said to have no experience with military topics and the forms required by the examining board in Lodz.
In addition, the plan has to include 4 groups taking 400 classes. Considering the rate per hour starting from 30 EUR, the estimated amount of 48 000 EUR (400*4*30) should be foreseen for this option.
Taking into consideration the cost of outsourcing the training to external companies, I recommend that we apply for support from MTT. However, we have to work out a backup solution simultaneously, to ensure that our soldiers will have been properly trained by the end of 2013. If MTT declines our request, we will have no option, but to buy services from a civilian company.
In terms of equipment, and considering the budget required for procurement of the gadgets, I recommend not allocating too many financial resources on fancy solutions but concentrating on good methodologies. Colourful interfaces may seduce customers, but they will not replace good teachers and hard work.