Welcome to DLIFLC

DLIFLC is DoD’s premier school for culturally based foreign language education and training, with classroom instruction, mobile training teams, and on-line materials tailored for students at all levels of required proficiency or performance. The institute is attended by all four branches of the military service and select individuals sponsored by their agencies.

Language Day 2018

DLIFLC’s annual Language Day Open House event will be Friday, May 11th, on the Presidio of Monterey. It is a fun-filled day with more than 30 cultural performances, dance, song, special presentations and classroom demonstrations. Please click on the link to register.

Alumni

More than 230,000 students have graduated from the Institute and its programs since its inception in 1941 at the Presidio of San Francisco, only six weeks before Pearl Harbor.

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.

Employment

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


Getting to 2+/2+/2: by 2022

December 15, 2017

After 9/11, one thing became abundantly clear to the intelligence community – there is a dire need for more and better qualified linguists…

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DLIFLC grad shaken by suicide shares son’s story

November 29, 2017

The saddest task for a parent, it is said, is burying one of their children.
But sadder still, Rob Miltersen found out, is burying your 21-year old…

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DLIFLC officer finishes, says farewell to All-Army Women’s Basketball

November 28, 2017

Presidio of Monterey’s 1st Lt. Michelle Ambuul tough-nosed hoops skills helped the All-Army women secure silver at the 2017 Armed Forces Basketball…

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DOD Senior Language Authority visits Russian class at DLIFLC

November 28, 2017

“Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Force Education and Training, and the Department of Defense’s Senior Language Authority, Mr. Fred Drummond…

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Upcoming Events


 DLIFLC Language Day, May 11, 2018,  10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Soldier Field

 

 

  2017 Holiday Development Program – December 27-29

Fall/Winter 2017

DLIFLC events throughout the fall and winter of 2017

 The All-Army Women's Basketball team is set and ready to defend their gold medal at the Armed Forces Basketball Championship starting Wednesday at Lackland AFB, TX. Members of the 2017 final team include:  SPC Alexia Sanders, Fort Hood, TX 2LT Desiree Wilson, Fort Stewart, GA SGT Latrel Kirkland, JB Lewis-McChord, WA SPC Pearl Henriquez, Wiesbaden, Germany SGT Donita Adams, Maryland Army National Guard CPT Louise Vandenbosch, Fort Knox, KY SPC Juliette Turner, Texas Army National Guard 1LT Michelle Ambuul, Presidio of Monterey, CA SPC Kenyatta Sears, DC Army National Guard 2LT Danielle Salley, Camp Red Cloud, Korea SFC April Cromartie, Fort Jackson, SC 2LT Kiana Doliveira, Fort Carson, CO  The team is coached by MAJ Michael Meyers from Fort Hood, TX, SFC Albert Mayon from Fort Bliss, TX, CPT Kelly Scott from Fort Wainwright, AK and SGT Shaquana Bleach from Lemoore, CA is the Team OIC. Many people were out with their camera's during last Thursday's prescribed burn of more than 400 acres in the northern portion of the Fort Ord National Monument. These photos come from DLIFLC's Joseph Kumzak Photography, Multimedia Designer at our Continuing Education Center in Ft. Ord. Thank you for sharing! Linguists now join with other military career fields who have followed in the tradition of naming a patron saint as the protector of their occupation. St. Jerome (c. 347 to 420) was inducted as the patron saint of military linguists at the Presidio of Monterey Chapel Sept. 11. (U.S. Army photo by Patrick Bray) The 229th MI Battalion had their bi-annual Warrior Challenge on Wednesday, September 13th. The competition included several individual physical competitions and a final team tug-of-war. It was a close competition all the way to the end, with A Company taking first place. (U.S. Army photo by Amber K. Whittington) A delegation from Cameroon visited DLIFLC Sept. 18. The delegation observed students learning French, the national language of Cameroon. (U.S. Army photo by Patrick Bray) For the first time in the history of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, two Military Language Instructors received the Army Instructor Badge, which puts them on par with their peers and enables them to better compete for promotion. (U.S. Army photo by Amber K. Whittington) Staff Sgt. Bryan Ivery displays the web belt buckle he earned as the 2017 Advanced Individual Training Platoon Sergeant of the Year. (U.S. Army photo by Amber K. Whittington) Students cheer on fellow Korean students at the 26th Annual Korean Language Writing Contest for Foreign Nationals Oct. 12 at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. (U.S. Army photo by Patrick Bray/Released) More than 1,000 runners, joggers and walkers participated in the 2017 Honor Our Fallen A Run To Remember on the former Fort Ord on Oct. 21. The event is a fundraiser for the Presidio of Monterey's outreach services to Gold Star families in a four-county area in central California. (U.S. Army photo by Patrick Bray) Staff Sgt. Mashal Shekib, a Military Language Instructor at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, California, gives a treat to the Institute’s mascot, Pfc. Lingo, Oct. 31, 2017. When he’s not teaching Pashto, from Afghanistan, Shekib likes to train dogs and operates his own canine training academy. Originally from Kabul, he immigrated to the U.S. in 2008 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2009. (U.S. Army photo by Patrick Bray/Released) The Spanish Faculty planned a cultural immersion experience for the Spanish Department students to learn about Día de los Muertos, a very important part of the Spanish culture. The festivity showcased the people’s unique way of remembering departed members of their families, inviting their souls to cross over to the realm of the living to reunite with their loved ones. This family reunion is central to the cultural framework of Mexico and Central America. (U.S. Army by Amber K. Whittington) The quarterly Commander's Cup was held Nov. 1st at the Price Fitness Field on the Presidio of Monterey. The Army took first place for the women's competition and the Air Force took first place in the men's competition. The overall winners of the Commander's Cup went to the Marine Corps team. (U.S. Army photo by Amber K. Whittington) The DLIFLC team competed in the Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C., Oct. 8. The team even got to meet the Sgt. Maj. of the Army! The 517th Training Group celebrated the United States Air Force's 70th birthday on Saturday, September 16.
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The All-Army Women's Basketball team is set and ready to defend their gold medal at the Armed Forces Basketball Championship starting Wednesday at Lackland AFB, TX. Members of the 2017 final team include: SPC Alexia Sanders, Fort Hood, TX 2LT Desiree Wilson, Fort Stewart, GA SGT Latrel Kirkland, JB Lewis-McChord, WA SPC Pearl Henriquez, Wiesbaden, Germany SGT Donita Adams, Maryland Army National Guard CPT Louise Vandenbosch, Fort Knox, KY SPC Juliette Turner, Texas Army National Guard 1LT Michelle Ambuul, Presidio of Monterey, CA SPC Kenyatta Sears, DC Army National Guard 2LT Danielle Salley, Camp Red Cloud, Korea SFC April Cromartie, Fort Jackson, SC 2LT Kiana Doliveira, Fort Carson, CO The team is coached by MAJ Michael Meyers from Fort Hood, TX, SFC Albert Mayon from Fort Bliss, TX, CPT Kelly Scott from Fort Wainwright, AK and SGT Shaquana Bleach from Lemoore, CA is the Team OIC.

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
 

Assessment

  • 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.

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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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