Alelo Language Training System Gets Award

Los Angeles-based Alelo, the University of Southern California spinoff which is using computer video game technology to train the military in Iraqi language and culture, said earlier this week that its product has won an award from a defense conference. The firm's product, Tactical Iraqi, uses interactive game technology to teach both Iraqi Arabic as well as cultural norms to the armed forces, and is being used by the U.S. military to train its troops before deployment to Iraq. The firm also has versions for Pashto--the language spoken in parts of Afghanistan--and teaching French. The award -- the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge -- was part of the 2007 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC).