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Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC)
The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) offers foreign language instruction in more than two dozen languages to approximately 3,500 students on a schedule that extends throughout the year. The duration of courses range between 26 and 64 weeks, depending on the difficulty of the language. DLIFLC has established itself as a national pacesetter in foreign-language, resident and non-resident education, using cutting-edge technology such as interactive whiteboards, the use of electronic-based lessons, the Internet, interactive video, and podcasts, which interact with audio digital devices and laptops issued to students. The DLIFLC also maintains the DLI-Washington office in the Washington, D.C. area. The Washington office provides training in languages not taught at the Presidio of Monterey, such as "low-density languages."
Language Training Center (LTC)
Established in 2011, the Language Training Center (LTC) Program provides language and culture training for Department of Defense (DoD) personnel by leveraging existing university programs to meet the needs of DoD organizations and units. The LTC Program is administered by the Institute of International Education on behalf of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). Currently, nine institutions host LTC programs across the United States:
- California State University, Long Beach
- Concordia University
- Indiana University
- George Mason University
- George Washington University
- North Carolina State University
- San Diego State University
- University of Kansas
- University of Montana
- University of Utah
All institutions create a formal partnership with a DoD unit, office or agency to provide flexible and innovative training. Each LTC institution customizes their program to meet the specific training and operational needs of their partner, taking into account particular language and cultural training requests, time constraints, delivery of course material, and military specific content. The LTC program has supported the language and cultural training needs of a wide range of DoD personnel, including military linguists, intelligence analysts, special operations forces, foreign area officers, and the general purpose forces.
Service Culture Centers
Incidents involving conflicts between service members and the local populations, were occurring frequently in the early period of the military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. These were identified and brought to the attention of senior military leaders who determined there needed to be some type of training to provide a better understanding of the different cultures and languages that would be encountered by personnel deploying to those areas. The military services established culture centers to initially train on Iraqi and Afghan cultures. Since that time, the scope of the centers has widened to include a more global approach to culture and language learning.