The Presidio of Monterey’s DLIFLC 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, the Coast Guard, 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 and Korean.
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 leaning environment. The Asian Schools use DLIFLC’s instructor/student ratio of two instructors to six students.
DLIFLC supplements the unique learning experience at the Institute with state-of-the-art technology such as interactive whiteboards called SmartBoards™, tabletPCs, and iPods™
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™, tabletPCs, and iPods™. 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 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 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.
Each year, in preparation for Language Day, which is DLIFLC’s annual open house, Asian School instructors prepare their students for an elaborate Korean Fan Dance presentation to the public on stage. The Korean Fan Dance performance has been one of DLIFLC’s main attractions for years, with students dressed in beautiful traditional Korean dresses.
DLIFLC Asian School instructors teach for proficiency and adhere to the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) testing scale. Students are expected to achieve higher proficiency scores since 9/11 and will be expected to reach a 2+ in Listening, a 2+ in Reading and a 2 in speaking, according to the ILR scale. For more information on the ILR scale please click here.