Middle Eastern Schools
The Presidio of Monterey’s DLIFLC Undergraduate Education houses three Middle East resident basic course schools. The student population consists of all four branches of the U.S. Armed Services, the U.S. Coast Guard, and members sponsored by the DoD and Department of State.
Middle East Schools I, II, and III are responsible for 64-weeks of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and the Levantine, Egyptian, and Iraqi dialects. Dialects are taught in the third semester of instruction, after students have gained a solid foundation in MSA. Additionally, instructors teach culture, customs, religion, geography, and socio-economic conditions of the countries students are learning about.
A key component of DLIFLC’s success in teaching foreign language so effectively is the highly educated faculty who are motivated to teach their language and culture to American students. The instructors, 98 percent of whom are native speakers of the language they teach, take great pride in preparing students each year to perform during DLIFLC’s annual open house in May called Language Day. Over 2,500 visitors come to the event from all over Northern California.
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 SmartBoards™, while students are issued tablet PCs, and iPods™ for use in class and at home. DLIFLC further enhances the learning environment with the implementation of overnight immersions from two to five days at a time off campus. The students are completely immersed in the target language and 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 Middle Eastern cuisine, and, most importantly, only speak in the target language.Select students are afforded the opportunity to further their understanding of the Arabic language by their participation in the overseas immersion program. A select number or randomly chosen 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 recommendation of the teaching team and unit.