City: Szentendre and Budapest
The Hungarian Defense Forces Non-Commissioned Officers Academy (HDF NCOA) is located in Szentendre, a small riverside town in Pest county, about 20 kilometers away from the capital city, Budapest. The town has about 26,000 inhabitants, and it is known for its museums, galleries, and artists. Due to its historic architecture and easy rail and river access, it has become a popular destination for tourists from Budapest. There are many facilities, including souvenir shops and restaurants, catering to these visitors. Public transportation in Budapest is excellent; the city and its environs are well serviced by a network of buses, trams, trolleys, and subway lines. Monthly and yearly passes are available at major metro stations and can be used on all forms of public transportation. Taxis are readily available 24 hours a day. A dependable minibus service operates to and from Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc Airport; the set fare is considerably cheaper than taking a taxi. The U.S. Embassy recommends the Fellow find housing in Budapest close to the downtown area.
Host Institution: Hungarian Defense Forces Non-Commissioned Officers Academy (HDF NCOA); Language Training Center – National University of Public Service (LTC/NUPS)
The HDF NCOA is a brigade-level non-combatant military organization. Although the NCOA is one of the youngest units in the HDF, the barracks date back to the 1930s. The academy provides education and training primarily for non-commissioned officers (NCOs). NCO education is carried out in two formats. Technicians are trained in a two-year, state-accredited cadet course to meet the requirements of their trade specialty. The cadets are recruited from among high school graduates. Personnel are also trained and developed through internal HDF NCO courses. These students are experienced contract soldiers, who attend training with the support and recommendation of their commanders.
The HDF NCOA Language Department is responsible for NCO language training. The most important task associated with English language training is preparing cadets within the framework of the two-year NCO course through 316 contact hours for the initial STANAG exam, which is a basic-level examination that cadets must pass to continue their military service. The Language Department also teaches English for second-year NCO cadets, refreshing their general English language knowledge in the first semester and conducting ESP/Military English courses the second semester. The department also offers intensive English language courses (500 hours over 5 months).
- The Fellow will support English language training programs organized by HDF NCOA and LTC/NUPS personnel by designing, implementing, and assessing interactive classes and lectures with a strong focus on conversational English and ESP/Military English. Classes will also address cultural awareness raising, social issues, military topics, and other specialty-related topics.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Work with NCOA and LTC/NUPS colleagues weekly on materials development and professional development topics related to ESP/Military English
- Hold a weekly conversation club for students