Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Military Space News .

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

Language Learning Via Video Gaming

The battlefield is going virtual. Petty Officer Joe Ebalo tells us how Soldiers in Vicenza, Italy, are using a video game for more than just recreational use.
by J.D. Leipold
Vincenza, Italy (AFNS) Feb 05, 2007
By the time Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade and other units of the Southern European Task Force here have stepped foot in Iraq, they've already spoken Arabic face-to-face with Iraqis on Baghdad streets. Caserma Ederle's Battle Command Training Center provides the "virtual" Iraqis to train Soldiers in language proficiency and cultural awareness through computer video games with animated characters and life-like simulations that emphasize missions they'll conduct downrange.

The tactical Iraqi language and culture training, known as TILT, requires no instructor and is done solely on a self-paced basis. The 100-hour course is set up on computers like a video game with voice-activated commands and characters who respond in kind and with gestures.

Like popular civilian video games, TILT is user-friendly and difficult to stop playing.

"Everyone plays video games now days," said Pvt. Ryan Soto. "And everyone seems to work on a computer, so instead of sitting there trying to read a book and pay attention and actually keep motivated, you can sit here on the computer."

TILT players listen to and speak Iraqi Arabic using headset microphones. Soldiers receive immediate feedback and guidance from the program on how, what and when to speak Arabic, as well as tips on what kind of body language to use when conversing.

TILT demonstrates to Soldiers the importance of body movement in conjunction with speaking a foreign language, sending a communication message that it's not just what you say, but how you say it.

"How you say hello, why you place your hand over your chest when you say hello tie cultural aspects to the people as well as to the language itself," said Maj. John Woodard, SETAF simulations officer.

By enabling Soldiers in the field to communicate directly with Iraqi civilians and members of the Iraqi military and police forces, the Army expects to establish constructive relationships and gain firsthand information that will lead to a greater exchange of trust and cooperation between the Army and Iraqi citizens.

Distribution note: This story was adapted from an AFN Europe story titled "Battling in Cyberspace."

Related Links
The latest in Military Technology for the 21st century at

Future Combat Systems Completes Experiment and Soldier-testing Of Key Technologies
St. Louis MO (SPX) Feb 05, 2007
Boeing and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), functioning as the Lead Systems Integrator for the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) program, have successfully completed an eight-month experiment that is a cornerstone of soldier evaluation activities and an important step toward the early infusion of key FCS capabilities to the current force.

  • US And Russia Hold High-Level Talks Amid Rise In Bilateral Tensions
  • China Takes A Few Shots In The Dark
  • Beyond Putin
  • Japanese Minister Rebuked For Roiling US Alliance

  • US Defends Military Build-Up Against An Aggressive Iran
  • North Korea Demands Oil To Suspend Nuclear Reactor Operations
  • What Is Wrong With The Bulava
  • US And South Korea Fine-Tune Strategy For North Korea Nuclear Talks

  • Iran Seeking Longer-Range Strike Force
  • Russia To Help India Test Supersonic Cruise Missile
  • Iran Remains Defiant On Nuclear As Missile Testing Continues
  • Javelin Joint Venture Earns Logistics Award For Supporting The Warfighter

  • Northrop Grumman To Test Fire Kinetic Energy Interceptor Booster In 2008
  • Czech Government Says No To US Missile Shield Referendum
  • US Missile Defense In Europe Could Threaten Russia
  • India Plans Patriot-Type Test For Prithvi

  • Anger As Britons Face Air Tax Hike
  • Bats In Flight Reveal Unexpected Aerodynamics
  • Lockheed Martin And Boeing Form Strategic Alliance To Promote Next-Gen Air Transportation System
  • Time to test the Guardian Missile Defense System For Commercial Aircraft

  • Northrop Grumman, EADS Joint Venture To Develop German Euro Hawk
  • Iran Builds Hand-Launched Drones
  • Athena Technologies Guidance and Navigation System Selected Watchkeeper UAV Program
  • Enhanced Fire Scout Makes Flight Debut

  • Bush Takes One More Gamble In The Mideast
  • How Over-Extended Is The US Military
  • The Long War
  • The Obstacle Course Facing Iraqi Democracy

  • Language Learning Via Video Gaming
  • Future Combat Systems Completes Experiment and Soldier-testing Of Key Technologies
  • Jointness Key To Future Of Military Medicine
  • Navy Takes Delivery of Airborne Laser Mine Detection System

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement