DLI language enrollment over the years

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DLI language enrollment over the years

Postby lavengro » Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:15 pm

Attached is a link to a Duolingo thread concerning changing languages focus at the Defence Language Institute over the 1963 to 2018 period: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/36176619

Here is a fun interactive graphic https://public.flourish.studio/visualisation/1187267/
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Re: DLI language enrollment over the years

Postby IronMike » Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:18 pm

lavengro wrote:Attached is a link to a Duolingo thread concerning changing languages focus at the Defence Defense Language Institute over the 1963 to 2018 period: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/36176619

Here is a fun interactive graphic https://public.flourish.studio/visualisation/1187267/

Fixed your post for ya. ;)
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Re: DLI language enrollment over the years

Postby lavengro » Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:43 pm

IronMike wrote:
lavengro wrote:Attached is a link to a Duolingo thread concerning changing languages focus at the Defence Defense Language Institute over the 1963 to 2018 period: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/36176619

Here is a fun interactive graphic https://public.flourish.studio/visualisation/1187267/

Fixed your post for ya. ;)

Thanks Mike. Yep, it's my Canadian upbringing slipping out: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence.html
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Re: DLI language enrollment over the years

Postby chove » Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:38 pm

Spot the end of the Cold War!
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Postby Cainntear » Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:14 pm

chove wrote:Spot the end of the Cold War!

You're exaggerating now -- it was just a minor disagreement over spelling conventions. :D
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Re: DLI language enrollment over the years

Postby Lemus » Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:43 pm

Anyone want to venture a guess why New Testament Greek spent a brief time at number one? I'm not shocked it was a commonly studied language in 1963 but I am wondering why the DLI specifically was training people in it.

Maybe there is military value in being able to conduct advanced theological debates in certain cultures? :lol:
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Re: DLI language enrollment over the years

Postby IronMike » Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:02 pm

Lemus wrote:Anyone want to venture a guess why New Testament Greek spent a brief time at number one? I'm not shocked it was a commonly studied language in 1963 but I am wondering why the DLI specifically was training people in it.

Maybe there is military value in being able to conduct advanced theological debates in certain cultures? :lol:

I'll guess: Either for chaplains or they didn't have any Modern Greek instructors available at the time. ???
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Re: DLI language enrollment over the years

Postby Speakeasy » Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:21 pm

Lemus wrote:Anyone want to venture a guess why guess why New Testament Greek spent a brief time at number one? I'm not shocked it was a commonly studied language in 1963 but I am wondering why the DLI specifically was training people in it. Maybe there is military value in being able to conduct advanced theological debates in certain cultures? :lol:
IronMike wrote:I'll guess: Either for chaplains or they didn't have any Modern Greek instructors available at the time. ???
I'll take the chaplains option with a huge grain of salt. Unless, of course, their prospective ministries were fluent in New Testament Greek, as well. This leaves the latter option which seems a little strange given the availability of comparable FSI Greek materials, not to mention a few others of the same period. I suspect that this will remain one of the “great unresolved mysteries” of language-learning.
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Re: DLI language enrollment over the years

Postby IronMike » Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:58 pm

Speakeasy wrote:
Lemus wrote:Anyone want to venture a guess why guess why New Testament Greek spent a brief time at number one? I'm not shocked it was a commonly studied language in 1963 but I am wondering why the DLI specifically was training people in it. Maybe there is military value in being able to conduct advanced theological debates in certain cultures? :lol:
IronMike wrote:I'll guess: Either for chaplains or they didn't have any Modern Greek instructors available at the time. ???
I'll take the chaplains option with a huge grain of salt. Unless, of course, their prospective ministries were fluent in New Testament Greek, as well. This leaves the latter option which seems a little strange given the availability of comparable FSI Greek materials, not to mention a few others of the same period. I suspect that this will remain one of the “great unresolved mysteries” of language-learning.

Another option: Whoever created this report or loaded the 'stats' at DLI picked the wrong language bi- or trigraph for modern Greek and got New Testament Greek. ;)
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