European and Latin American Language School

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 the eight languages. French, Italian, 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 the one category II language study 36 weeks, and those in category III languages study 47 weeks.  All students, though, 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 DLI-produced curriculum.  French, Italian, Portuguese, and Hebrew students use commercial books in early semesters but depend on teacher-generated resources based on authentic materials for the third semester.

UEL is diverse.  But commonalities run throughout the eight UEL language programs, which have been part of DLI’s history for many decades.  Although there are many recently hired employees, each language program at UEL has faculty members with decades of DLI 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 DLI.

Effective leveraging of technology can be found in all UEL programs.  Students use tablet PCs and iPods™ in class and at home.  All classrooms include interactive SmartBoards ™, internet access, and SCOLA television broadcasting.

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 OCONUS 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.

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