“To prepare and sustain the linguist warfighter with essential knowledge, skills, and abilities through focused language learning programs leading to success at DLIFLC and beyond.”
The Student Learning Center (SLC) was originally established by the Air Force Element in October of 1996 as the Student Motivation and Retention Training (SMART) Program. The goal of the SMART Program was originally to increase academic success rates for students belonging to the 311th. Later, its mandate was broadened to support all DLIFLC basic course language learners. Now, as the Student Learning Center (SLC), the SLC carries on this mission by empowering students to take personal responsibility for their language learning. The SLC accomplishes its mission by:
The SLC has 4 departments and an initiative which are designed to provide “tip-to-tail” student support:
Introduction to Language Studies (ILS) Department
ILS is a mandatory 5-day orientation that provides an introduction to studying a foreign language at the Defense Language Institute. ILS is the former SMART curriculum which was revised to include a more robust language learning study skills block of instruction.
Individual Study Management (ISM) Program (Academic Advising)
ISM prepares basic course students for success in language learning by offering academic advising services. The focus of advising sessions is on study strategies, approaches and planning. Academic Advising appointments can help students pinpoint issues early on and can help students develop a plan for improvement.
Workshops and Seminars (W&S) Program
W&S offers workshops and seminars to students that address issues particular to the language learning process at DLIFLC. W&S also sponsors brown bags and training day conferences for faculty that address the DLIFLC student experience.
Autonomous Language Sustainment (ALS) Program
ALS is a department that addresses the differences between classroom-based learning and independent learning. ALS trains near-graduates on methods and approaches for individual field-based language enhancement in the mandatory course Language Enhancement after DLI (LEAD) and encourages autonomous learning through a series of workshops focused on maximizing proficiency using online learning tools.
SLC Research Initiative
The SLC conducts and collaborates on research which furthers the DLI student perspective.