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NASILP offers consultations on the development of every aspect of self-accessed academic programs for the less commonly taught languages regarding the roles of the Coordinator, Examiner, Tutor, Student, and Class session.

Coordinator should:

1. Recruits, interviews, hires and trains the native speaker tutors.

2. Screens each student to ensure his/her ability to work well within the self-instructional format.

3. Schedules class sessions, assigning students to a session according to his/her stated preference.

4. Holds orientation sessions before the first week of classes to train the students in the method, how to study in the format, and the nature of the final exams.

5. Monitors class sessions regularly to ensure the academic integrity of courses.

The Examiner is a resource person as well as an evaluator. Above all, the Examiner should be a trained instructor in the language at an accredited institution. The Examiner should also be sympathetic to and conversant with the goals of NASILP. He or she helps the Coordinator set the pace for the course, select materials, evaluate the Tutor, and answer questions which the Tutor cannot answer.

Remember that the tutor is not expected to function as a teacher in the strictest sense. The tutor does NOT give quizzes or exams, assign grades, give grammatical explanations, talk about the language, or introduce new material. The tutor WILL demand and check for thorough mastery of dialogues, check on mastery of vocabulary and patterns, conduct drills and exercises, constantly demand accurate pronunciation, demand fluent performance in oral work, and provide for a great deal of repetition at conversational speed, with constant correction. Your tutor will use only the target language in drill session. Where else can you get such a wonderful gift?

Learning a language in a modified self-instructional language program is probably unlike any other course you have taken before. In a regular language course, the teacher can be counted on to provide organization, set the pace, and give necessary guidance and explanations. In the Critical Languages Program, although the organization and the pace are set by NASILP and the Program Coordinator, the responsibility for learning falls directly on you, the student. Because of the nature of this program, you will find that it requires a great deal of time, energy, and self-direction as well as self-discipline.

Considerable effort has been expended to locate a native/near native-speaking tutor so that the class session can be a valuable opportunity to enter the world of the new language. Using English with the tutor, with each other, and even in whispered asides and comments, undermines the very purpose of the session.

REMEMBER: English will not be used during session with a tutor. After all, since the tutor is not a teacher, since grammatical questions are out of place, since learning is dependent on your prior multimedia work, WHY should you want to use English? You will find that not using English is easier than you think, IF YOU SIMPLY TRY!

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