DITC welcomed a delegation from Afghanistan this month which met with members of the executive and several staff with special language skills, including Dari, Russian, Farsi and Arabic. Our guest was delighted to speak with staff in these various languages, giving his interpreter, an ex-DITC student, a much deserved break from his duties. After a tour of the facilities, DFSL students studying Dari also met with our guest during a delightful morning tea. All in all, it was a fruitful and rewarding exchange with our friends from Afghanistan, from which country we look forward to receiving more students in the near future.
The Swedish flag was unfurled for the first time at DITC today as we welcomed our first Swedish student who will soon depart for the All Corps Captains Course in Queensland. Coming from the north of Sweden, he feels he is currently experiencing a 'heatwave' here in Melbourne... but be warned, things will get a bit hotter up north!
Two bus loads of DITC staff and students headed off to Inverleigh on the 25th April to participate in the Anzac Day march in this country town just outside of Geelong. This has long been an annual tradition for DITC and we are grateful to our international students for their participation and for making it an extra-special event.
After having graduated from the TPC 1/18 course at DITC, a group of experienced language teachers now also have extensive pronunciation teaching skills. Many of these students had already completed the MELT course and have been teaching for a while, so for their teachers, it was gratifying to see their development in the meantime. According to their spokesperson, the returning students see their teachers as 'godparents', guiding their 'children' on their path to becoming even better teachers... a role that they will themselves take on in the near future.
The Director of Studies - Navy visited DITC today and met with the executive, staff and students on a familiarization tour. After discussions with the executive and meeting with some of our ISO's he addressed staff, expressing his intention to visit regularly and to develop his knowledge of the role and function of DITC..