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Second Language Sustainment Training with the Tactical Language and Culture Training System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: N00014-11-C-0462
Agency Tracking Number: N2-3368
Amount: $1,558,469.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-CR2
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-08-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-08-15
Small Business Information
12910 Culver Boulevard Suite J
Los Angeles, CA 90066
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 W. Lewis Johnson
 (310) 574-7500
Business Contact
 Jackie York
Phone: (310) 574-7500
Research Institution

The purpose of this project is to develop new language training methods that help guard against language skill decay, and help recover from skill decay when it has occurred. It leverages previous DoD and ONR investments in language learning technology, but it focuses squarely on the language attrition problem. In addition to providing language training that is resistant to decay, it pays particular attention to the problem of how to quickly recover language skills after attrition has occurred. This latter focus is a unique feature of this work, and is a key innovation. It is a fact of military life that there will be gaps between the time when languages are trained and the time when they are used. Thus some skill decay is inevitable, and so methods are needed that enable learners to recover their language skills as quickly and efficiently as possible. The developed technology will support both computer-based language training and mobile language training. The work has been informed both by the theory of learning and decay, as well as analyses of data from language learners using language training software.

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