Our Annual Language Day Event
Language Day is our opportunity to share with you the secret we have all discovered - knowing a foreign language opens windows to the world! You will see cultural displays and colorful stage shows designed to give you a glimpse into the world where the languages we teach are spoken. This gives you a chance to hear languages you may have never known about and also allows you to participate in teaching demonstrations that bring new techniques and technology into the learning process.
The event dates back over sixty years, and it used to be called the Army Language School Festival. Oldest historical documents about the ALS Festival point to April of 1952. You can see what the ALS Festival looked like by browsing DLIFLC - A Pictorial History book, available for free as a PDF.
Language Day is organized and presented by our amazing students. They come from every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces - Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force. Our teachers come from all over the world and bring authentic culture and passion to DLIFLC. Click here to see a Voice of America story about one of our previous Language Day events.
Most students find themselves spending every spare second studying and practicing their target language. It's not unusual to overhear dining facility banter in Persian Farsi or late-night conversations held in Russian.
"The first couple of months my head would just ache all the time," said Pfc. Shannon Stone, an Arabic student. "You have to pack so much into your brain so fast. But the teachers were great. They are native speakers, and they try to make sure we learn a lot about the cultures, as well as about the languages themselves."
Teachers and students work very closely, Stone said, and the teachers often take a personal interest in the success of their students. Though our students spend five days a week, seven hours per day in class, with two to three hours of homework each evening, they still find time to prepare for Language Day.
The annual event provides an exciting chance to enjoy sights, sounds, and tastes from around the globe, and to discover the terrific things going on here at the Presidio of Monterey.
Talk with our students and faculty as you roam around the campus and through our corridors. They are eager to meet you and share with you their experiences, insights, and their passion for learning languages.
This is one secret we want to pass on!
Meet us at the Presidio of Monterey!