Language Schools

Multi Language School

The Multi Language School was created by expanding the former Emerging Languages Task Force. The mission of the Emerging Languages Task Force (ELTF) was to provide a rapid response in establishing new language programs in low-density languages in support of DoD’s pressing needs for the war on terror.


A Middle East instructor reviews the work of one of his students. (Photo by Gary Harrington, DLIFLC Public Affairs)

DLIFLC set up the ELTF shortly after September 11, 2001 in response DoD requirements for language capability in certain less-commonly taught languages. The department was originally named the Operation Enduring Freedom Task Force, then later renamed to the Global War on Terrorism Task Force.

Currently the school teaches Dari, Hindi, Indonesian, Pashto, Turkish, and Urdu.

All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, called SMART Board™, and students are issued MacBook Pro® laptops and iPads®.

Languages taught in the Multi Language School fall under category III and IV, except for Indonesian, which is classified as a category II language, extending over 36 weeks of active instruction.