Language Schools

Asian Schools


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An Air Force Chinese Mandarin student participates in one of the many immersion programs designed for students to better understand the languages they are learning. (Photo by Gary Harrington, DLIFLC Public Affairs)

DLIFLC’s Undergraduate Education Directorate houses two Asian resident basic course schools. The students not only obtain high proficiency in their newly acquired languages, but also become knowledgeable about the culture of their target language countries. The student population consists of all four branches of the U.S. military, and elect individuals sponsored by DoD or the Department of State.

Asian Language Schools are responsible for teaching the 64-week basic course for Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Tagalog.

The Asian Schools support DoD’s languages acquisition mission by employing highly educated native speakers as instructors who not only teach language, but also bring traditional Asian culture to the classroom such as music, dress, dance, food, religion, history, literature, and the arts into the adult learning environment. The Asian Schools use DLIFLC’s instructor/student ratio of two instructors to six students.

In addition to the first class international staff, DLIFLC supplements the unique learning experience at the Institute  with state-of-the-art technology such as interactive whiteboards called SMART Boards™, MacBook Pro® computers, and iPads®. DLIFLC further enhances the learning environment with the implementation of overnight immersions from one to two days at a time off campus. The students are completely immersed in the target language and Asian culture as they carry out real-life situation scenarios which range from negotiations at a border crossing, haggling at an open market for goods, to making hotel reservations over the telephone. To enhance this experience the faculty and staff dress in traditional garb, prepare and cook Asian cuisine, and, most importantly, only speak in the target language.

Select students are afforded the opportunity to further their understanding of the Asian language by their participation in the overseas immersion program. A select number of students go abroad for approximately 30 days to study their language at a foreign university and tour the various sites of that country. Selection is made on the basis of student scores and recommendations of their teaching team and military unit superiors.

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Korean language students perform the Korean Fan Dance at Language Day 2014 on the Presidio of Monterey. (Photo by Gary Harrington)