Language Schools

European & Latin American School


Cook Hall, instructional building, introduced in 2014.

European and Latin American School’s new home is now known as “Cook Hall,” in memory of Medal of Honor recipient, Marine Corps Col. Donald G. Cook. (Photo by Gary Harrington, DLIFLC Public Affairs)

Diversity characterizes the European and Latin American Language School. The language programs include four category I languages, one category II language, and three category III languages. These categories represent significant linguistic and program differences.

Diversity is present in the scripts used in various languages. French, Portuguese, Spanish and German use the Latin alphabet and Russian uses the Cyrillic alphabet. Serbian/Croatian students learn both Cyrillic and Latin. Hebrew uses a consonant-based script.

The UEL diversity is present in the length of the programs. Students in Category I languages study for 26 weeks, those in a category II language study 36 weeks, and those in category III languages study 47 weeks. Regardless of the length of the course, all students are expected to reach the same levels of proficiency in listening, reading and speaking.

The type of curriculum varies by language at UEL. Russian, Spanish and Serbian/Croatian students work with DLIFLC-produced curriculum. French, Portuguese, and Hebrew students use commercial books in early semesters but depend on teacher-generated resources based on authentic materials for the third semester.

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UEL students participate in class activities while their instructor looks on. (Photo by Natela Cutter, DLIFLC Public Affairs)

Commonalities run throughout the seven UEL language programs, which have been part of DLIFLC’s history for many decades. Although there are many recently hired employees, each language program at UEL has faculty members with decades of DLIFLC teaching experience. The combination of new and seasoned faculty results in dynamic growth that benefits from lessons learned in the past and new ideas from outside DLIFLC.

Effective leveraging of technology can be found in all UEL programs. All classrooms include interactive whiteboards known as SMART Boards ™. Students are issued MacBook Pro® laptops and iPads® for classroom use and at home.

All UEL students participate in language immersion in their daily classroom experiences and in special events. Off campus overnight immersions allow students to participate in real-life scenarios that require using the language learned to solve problems. Faculty and students enjoy music, songs, foods, and games found in the culture. Groups of students in some programs attend month-long overseas immersions.

The greatest commonality amongst all UEL programs is the resolute commitment to produce high proficiency linguists who become life-long students of the language and culture.