Welcome to DLIFLC

DLIFLC is a multi-service school for active and reserve components, foreign military students, and civilian personnel working in the federal government and various law enforcement agencies.

Hall of Fame

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center Hall of Fame honors those persons who have contributed significantly to language training or use within the Department of Defense. Submissions for the 2016 Induction are due by June 1, 2016.

Language Day

You are invited to attend the DLIFLC Language Day on May 13, 2016. Language Day is our opportunity to share with you the secret we have all discovered – knowing a foreign language opens windows to the world!

75th Anniversary

Join us in the celebration of DLIFLC’s 75th Anniversary on Nov. 5, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel, from 6  to 11 p.m. The event will begin with cocktails and a reception line, while the opening ceremony will be marked by the Color Guard and cultural performances.

New Students

Learn about how to become a linguist at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, one of the most elite educational institutions in Department of Defense.


Come teach one of more than two dozen foreign languages taught at DLIFLC in beautiful Monterey, California and be a part of one of the largest language schools in the world.

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Latest News from DLIFLC

Former DLIFLC instructor speaks about UN

Former DLIFLC instructor speaks about UN

February 1, 2016

Kim Sung-lim, a former Korean instructor at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and now a security coordination officer within the…


Retired general encourages FAOs in language learning

Retired general encourages FAOs in language learning

January 29, 2016

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center hosted the Joint Foreign Area Officer Course Jan. 25-29 at the Weckerling Center on the…


Danish military looks to train more linguists at DLIFLC

Danish military looks to train more linguists at DLIFLC

January 28, 2016

Members of the Royal Danish Defence College Institute for Languages and Culture in Copenhagen, Denmark, visited the Defense Language Institute Foreign…


Upcoming Events

You are invited to attend the DLIFLC Language Day on May 13, 2016.


hall-of-fame_buttonHall of Fame Nominations due by June 1, 2016


Join us in the celebration of DLIFLC’s 75th Anniversary on Nov. 5, 2016


DLIFLC’s mascot, Pfc. Lingo

Meet DLIFLC's new mascot, Pfc. Lingo. PFC Lingo asleep on the job with his favorite stuffed kitty. PFC Lingo asleep on the job with his favorite stuffed kitty. PFC Lingo asleep on the job with his favorite stuffed kitty. PFC Lingo asleep on the job with his favorite stuffed kitty. PFC Lingo asleep on the job with his favorite stuffed kitty. Pfc. Lingo enjoys a treat with his enlistment certificate. Pfc. Lingo enlisted as DLIFLC's mascot. Pfc. Lingo gets close with the camera. Pfc. Lingo does PT with other Soldiers. Pfc. Lingo in his first appearance on the local news. Pfc. Lingo comes home from the SPCA. Pfc. Lingo comes home from the SPCA.
PFC Lingo asleep on the job with his favorite stuffed kitty.

Basic Language & Culture

  • Rapport
  • Rapport includes six to eight hours of language and culture pre-deployment training. It is mandatory training for all civilian and military Army personnel deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan. Available in Dari, Pashto, Iraqi, Swahili, Hausa, Portuguese, French, Modern Standard Arabic, and Korean.
  • Headstart2
  • Headstart2 is 80 to 100 hours of self-study pre-deployment instruction designed for the training of one small unit leader per platoon. The lessons contain interactive tasks, language-specific pronunciation guides, and cultural familiarization and orientation modules. Headstart2 is available in a stand alone (DVD format) or on-line version.
  • Cultural Orientation
  • Cultural Orientation introduces a given cultural group, combining brief language exchanges with an objective and practical look at daily life in different contexts. Topics include religion, traditions, family life and differences in the lifestyles of urban and rural populations.
  • Countries In Perspective
  • These country studies begin with a country profile containing basic facts, followed by a more detailed discussion on geography, history, economy, society and security.
  • Swahili Familiarization
  • This self-paced, interactive introductory language course in Swahili uses videos and multimedia activities to introduce Swahili language and culture. Topics include: basic greetings, travel phrases, numbers, time, currency, and making appointments, among others.
  • Language Survival Kits
  • Language Survival Kits include text, audio recordings, and translations for up to 3,000 mission-related phrases.
  • Legends & Folktales
  • Short animated stories in English that introduce famous myths, legends, and folktales from cultures across the globe to enhance cross-cultural literacy and provide insight into societies


  • Online Diagnostic Assessment
  • Take an online test to estimate language proficiency in reading or listening. ODA helps learners determine the subject areas and language specifics to improve, with customized suggestions for GLOSS lessons to help reach proficiency goals.
  • Cultural Awareness Assessment
  • Test your familiarity with a particular society, including geographic facts, major religions, history, security situation, social customs, and basic survival phrases in the dominant language of the region.
DLIFLC produces most of the language materials used for our basic and advanced courses. These products and other language materials are available for pre-deployment training, deployment use and refresher studies. The majority of DLIFLC products are publicly available through this website. View All Resources Here

Language Enhancement

  • Global Language Online Support System
  • GLOSS The Global Language Online Support System offers thousands of lessons in dozens of languages for independent learners to improve their foreign language skills.Lessons are available for intermediate and advanced learners, with the ability to focus on specific topic areas, tailor ed for building listening and reading proficiency.
  • Weekly Training Events
  • Organized in four hour blocks, these in-depth GLOSS lessons are designed to help Command Language Program Managers provide packaged materials to professional linguists.
  • Advanced North Korean
  • These supplementary materials for North Korean dialect language learning can be incorporated into basic, intermediate, or advanced courses to provide students with cultural and regional information about North Korea.
  • Phone Conversations
  • Familiarity with regional dialects and realistic dialogues is key to achieving advanced listening proficiency. This site contains more than 300 casual phone conversations in non-standard dialects of Spanish and Arabic. Arabic materials also include lesson plans for classroom use.
  • Accents Library
  • Available in Spanish and Arabic, this product offers a collection of audio files read in both “standard” language, and in several regional accents to illustrate dialect variations that occur in everyday speech.
  • Arabic Grammar Search
  • Have you forgotten a fine point of Arabic grammar? The Arabic Grammar Search takes you inside the language with complete A-Z search and help functions.
  • Post-Basic Delivery System
  • The PBDS is for official use by Language Training Detachments and provides the ability to view online or download Post Basic Course materials by week, as compressed archive (zip) files.

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Journals & Publications

The views expressed in those publications are those of the authors, not the Department of Defense or its elements. The content does not necessarily reflect the official US Army position and does not change or supersede any information in official U.S. Army publications. Editor reserves the right to edit material. Prospective authors should consult previous volumes of the publications and Information for Contributors published in each issue.
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The GLOBE is an authorized publication under the provisions of AR 360-1 and the Associated Press Style Guide for members of the Department of Defense. Contents of the GLOBE are not necessarily official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Department of the Army, or DLIFLC. The GLOBE is published by DLIFLC Public Affairs Office.
The DLIFLC General Catalog provides constituencies with precise, accurate and current information to include general information pertaining to DLIFLC, admissions and academic requirements, course descriptions, and major policies affecting students. All catalog years are listed. If the year you need is not listed, please see the catalog prior to that year. Example: If you want to look at information for 2005 courses, see the 2003 General Catalog.

Academic Journals

The mission of Applied Language Learning is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on instructional methods and techniques, curriculum and materials development, assessment of needs within the profession, testing and evaluation, and implications and applications of research from related fields such as linguistics, education, communications, psychology, and the social sciences.
Dialog on Language Instruction is an occasional internal publication of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) and part of its professional development program. Its primary function is to promote the exchange of professional knowledge and information among DLIFLC faculty and staff and to encourage professional communication within the worldwide Defense Foreign Language Program.


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