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DLIFLC opens its doors to the public on Language Day
|For the first time in more than a decade, the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center opened its doors to the local community on May 11, bringing the number of visitors for Language Day up to 6,000. |
“I haven’t been here in a number of years. It’s wonderful to be able to see all the performances,” said Elizabeth Murray, a local resident, artist and writer.
Event organizers estimated that local resident visitors numbered around 1,200. Because of free access to the installation, visitors were able to drive onto the Presidio of Monterey, park in on the lower Presidio and use the shuttle service to reach the center of the campus where activities took place.
More than 40 performances were carried out on an open air stage from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., overlooking the Monterey Bay.
Dozens of vendors served international food, offered information about language learning, or sold souvenirs from different countries. Visiting elementary and high school students were able to visit cultural displays and talk with DLIFLC students and instructors about language learning and the use technology to speed up the learning process.
Visitors also had a chance to learn a few words in a foreign language or have their name written in a foreign alphabet.
“We would like to thank all the surrounding communities for coming today and for making this such a successful event,” said DLIFLC Commandant Col. Danial D. Pick. “We hope to remain good neighbors and have an even larger Language Day celebration next year.”
Story and photos by
Natela Cutter, Strategic Communications
Caption 1: Korean Fan Dancers perform at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and Presidio of Monterey on Language Day 2012.
Caption 2: Russian language students perform at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and Presidio of Monterey on Language Day 2012.