Continuing Education Directorate

Continuing Education Directorate provides superior post-basic foreign language instruction via resident and non-resident programs to approximately 30,000 DoD and other U.S. government personnel each year to assure full linguist mission readiness. Established in 2000 to meet the proficiency enhancement needs of the DoD language professional population, CE’s mission has dramatically grown over the years to include foreign language and culture training abroad.

With the consolidation of the intermediate and advanced language courses, previously conducted alongside the DLIFC basic course at the Presidio of Monterey, Continuing Education became a directorate in November 2003. High demand for advanced intensive resident and non-resident language training has prompted continuous expansion, ultimately leading to the creation of four internal organizations: Resident Instruction, Distance Learning, Extension Programs Division, and the Field Support Division.

The Department of Resident Instruction provides intermediate, advanced, and refresher courses in Korean, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian Farsi, and Serbian/Croatian to over 120 students a year at the DoD Center in Seaside, CA. These languages may vary over time and represent the high-density requirements of the moment.  The department also deploys Mobile Training Teams (MTTs) to take language instruction to locations where there are concentrations of professional linguists.

The Department provides highly individualized post-basic instruction to DoD language professionals. Students are primarily professional linguists who have operational experience and who are looking to enhance their existing foreign language skills. Resident Education course will not only help them obtain advanced professional proficiency in their target languages, but will also help them become far more knowledgeable about the regions and countries where those languages are spoken.

CE students in class

CE students in class

DLIFLC’s highly-skilled and primarily native-speaking faculty members teach intermediate, advanced, refresher and sustainment courses in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Korean, Persian Farsi, Serbian/Croatian, Spanish, and Russian. We also conduct a Russian Arms Control Speaking Proficiency Course for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Languages offerings may vary over time as they reflect the consumer demands of the operational forces.

The duration of intermediate and advanced courses vary according to the difficulties of the languages. Arabic, Chinese, and Korean courses are 47-week programs, while Russian, Persian Farsi, Serbian/Croatian and Hebrew are 36 weeks, and the Spanish course is 18 weeks long. Proficiency goals for the intermediate course are 2+/2+/2 and 3/3/2+ advanced (according to the Interagency Language Roundtable proficiency scales). The Defense Threat Reduction Agency program is a 47-week course that focuses heavily on translation and interpretation using professional-level language.

Residential programs implement a variety of highly-individualized, learner-centered approaches, and the use of regular Diagnostic Assessments allows faulty to dynamically adjust curriculum to ensure that students are maximizing their own unique potential.

Faculty incorporates content-based teaching methods that emphasize learning about subject areas in a completely immersed environment, rather than simply learning language in a vacuum. For example, students frequently participate in roundtable discussions and debates in the target language concerning a wide-range of professional topics. Overseas immersion experiences, lasting anywhere from two to six weeks, provide our students with additional exposure to college-level course material taught in the target language by native experts in various host universities in countries such as,Korea, Taiwan and Latvia. ,Just prior to graduation from Resident Education, students work with assigned faculty and academic counselors to develop their own post-graduation learning plans, which are designed to extend the learning process well beyond their short stay at DLIFLC.

Faculty members are highly educated native speakers of the target languages who not only teach the language, but also bring traditional culture and content expertise to the classroom. Some of this content taught in this adult learning environment includes history, international relations, religion, literature, politics and economics. In addition to a first-class faculty and cutting-edge curricula, Resident Education programs augment the intensive learning experience with state-of-the-art technology.

Because language professionals in the field often do not find enough time to sustain and enhance their knowledge of language, CE established a Distance Learning Division in 2009, which is comprised of a cadre of instructors who use Video Tele-Training (VTT), the Broadband Language Training System (BLTS) and other delivery platforms to provide online training to students around the world.

The Distance Learning Division services to support professional linguists and predeployment language and culture training needs of the Services. Aside from accessing a myriad of online foreign language materials, this division also offers face-to-face training, either by sending instructors on location, or by providing synchronous instruction via several technology enabled platforms

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Distance learning session in progress

Instruction is offered via the asynchronous platform; Video-Tele Training; or the Broadband Language Training System. Additionally, the Institute uses Skype and Blackboard to instruct and support students around the world.

Instructors, known as Mobile Teaching Teams (MTTs), provide both foreign language sustainment and enhancement and predeployment training for units of all four branches of the military service. Courses can last from three days to six weeks, depending on the needs of the unit.

A typical sustainment class for professional linguists is four to six weeks in length, while a predeployment training course can last from two days up to two weeks. Drawn from the very best that DLIFLC has to offer, full time faculty can provide instruction in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese, Serbian-Croatian, and Spanish, as well as many sub-dialects.

To find out about the availability of MTT, VTT or BLTS instruction, please use our Contact Us page under Training Requests.

The Field Support division is composed of 15 remote sites located around the world to teach language and culture at a the point of need. These sites are classified in five categories: Special Operations, Professional Military Education, General Purpose Force, Afghanistan/Pakistan Hands, and Interpreter/Translator. Class sizes at these sites can vary from hundreds of service members to one-on-one instruction depending on the need. Class durations at a site can vary between a few days to as many as 48 weeks.

DLIFLC’s Extension Programs Division emerged as an outgrowth of Distance Learning and led to the establishing of permanent Language Training Detachments (LTDs) at several locations around the world with heavy concentrations of language professionals. By bringing language training to students, CE supports worldwide DoD language missions, while at the same time minimizing stress on the units and families of language professionals.

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An overseas Language Training Detachment

The Extension Programs Division manages a constellation of post-basic Language Training Detachments (LTDs) in several locations around the world. LTDs, typically comprised of anywhere from just a couple of instructors to more than two dozen permanent faculty, allow linguists to participate in language instruction at their assigned locations while carrying out their normal assigned duties. Not only do LTDs reduce their time away from their units and families, but they also provide linguists convenient access to foreign language sustainment and enhancement instruction throughout the year.

Extension Program Division LTDs provide post-basic, on-site, tailored instruction in a variety of target languages through a mixture of formal courses and “just-in-time” training for units on a year-round basis. LTD instructors serve three-year, or longer, assignments in field locations and conduct a variety of courses, including proficiency-oriented refresher, maintenance, and enhancement (0+ to 3+) courses, as well as intermediate and advanced language instruction (2+ to 3) in the four language skills.

Some LTD assignments include language for special purposes and emphasize instruction in translation and interpretation. Additionally, some LTDs conduct an on-going Language Maintenance Program that combines classroom and directed study learning. All faculty members participate in curriculum and course development activities regardless of their assignment.


For more information please send written inquiries to:

Directorate of Continuing Education, DLIFLC
DoD Center Monterey Bay
400 Gigling Road
Seaside, CA 93955