Language Training Center (LTC)

Since 2011, SDSU-LARC has received funding from the Defense Language National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) to respond directly to active duty and reservist personnel’s defense language training needs through intensive enhancement and sustainment training for professional military linguists, just-in-time, mission critical, and individually tailored pre-deployment language training for non-linguist personnel, and CONUS iso-immersion courses in Arabic (Iraqi and Levantine), Pashto, and Persian.

Courses listed below are ones that have been requested of SDSU-LARC’s Language Training Center (LTC) program for delivery in the current program year. Click the “Nomination Form” link below in order to (self) nominate into one or more of the courses listed by training type. If you have trouble accessing the Nomination Form due to on-base firewalls, please use your mobile device or a computer off-base.

Courses listed as "professional" and "professional-conversion" are designed to serve as annual sustainment/enhancement training events for cryptologic language analysts (CLAs) from 1st Radio Battalion at Camp Pendleton. Seats are available for additional military language learners to participate in these courses, provided they have the requisite incoming proficiency level, as measured by a DLPT completed within the twelve month period prior to the first day of the course. As the listing below indicates, all courses take place at 1st Radio Battalion aboard Camp Pendleton, unless an alternate location is listed (usually on the SDSU campus). A typical class day runs from 8 am to 3 pm, with one hour for lunch, and with an additional 1-2 hours of structured self-study time each day. For more information about the pedagogical approach, as well as a sample daily schedule, click on the training type hyperlinks below.

START DATEEND DATELANGUAGETRAINING TYPEINCOMING ILR/DLPTLOCATIONNOMINATION LINK
9-30-1910-25-19PashtoProfessional2 / 2Camp PendletonNomination Form
10-28-1911-22-19PersianProfessional2/2Camp PendletonNomination Form
1-6-201-31-20MSAProfessional2 / 2Camp PendletonNomination Form
1-21-202-28-20IraqiProfessional-Conversionat least 2/2 in some Arabic dialect
other than Iraqi
SDSUNomination Form
2-3-202-28-20KoreanProfessional2 / 2Camp PendletonNomination Form
3-2-203-27-20RussianProfessional2 / 2Camp PendletonNomination Form
4-6-205-1-20MSAProfessional2 / 2Camp PendletonNomination Form

The SDSU-LARC LTC also provides CONUS immersion programs for Air Force Intelligence Squadron personnel. These programs are three weeks in length and require a greater commitment of time and energy than the sustainment/enhancement courses. Again, there are generally additional seats available in these programs. Personnel wishing to participate in one of these immersions must have at least an incoming proficiency level of ILR 2+/2+, as measured by a DLPT completed within the twelve month period prior to the first day of the course, and also must be able to commit to full participation in the program during the Monday-Friday, 8 am to 3 pm class day. There are also weekend activities, which are optional for non-Air Force IS participants. All immersion programs take place on SDSU's campus, with additional excursions into the local target language-speaking communities. For more information about the pedagogical approach, as well as a sample daily schedule, click on the training type hyperlinks below.

START DATEEND DATELANGUAGETRAINING TYPEINCOMING ILR/DLPTLOCATIONNOMINATION LINK
9-9-199-27-19PashtoImmersion2+/2+SDSUNomination Form
9-9-199-27-19SpanishImmersion2+/2+SDSUNomination Form
10-21-1911-8-19RussianImmersion2+/2+SDSUNomination Form
11-12-1912-2-19KoreanImmersion2+/2+SDSUNomination Form
1-13-201-31-20LevantineImmersion2+/2+SDSUNomination Form
2-10-202-28-20IraqiImmersion2+/2+SDSUNomination Form
3-9-203-27-20PersianImmersion2+/2+SDSUNomination Form

SDSU-LARC's LTC program provides once-per-month weekend language training events to linguists from the Military Intelligence Readiness Command (MIRC). These Korean language sustainment programs comprise two six-hour instructional days (9 am to 4 pm with one hour for lunch, Saturday and Sunday), once each month. There are two acceptable incoming proficiency levels for these trainings: ILR 1+/1+ range, as measured by a DLPT completed within the twelve month period prior to the first day of the course, or ILR 2+/2+ range. Participants will be sorted into one of the two program levels according to their most recent documented DLPT scores. Although participation in each monthly training event is not strictly required, regular participation is highly recommended. The SDSU-LARC LTC program requests that individuals wishing to participate provide their projected participation frequency as clearly as possible prior to beginning the program.

START DATEEND DATELANGUAGETRAINING TYPEINCOMING ILR/DLPTLOCATIONNOMINATION LINK
9-21-199-22-19KoreanProfessional1+/1+ or 2+/2+SDSUNomination Form
10-19-1910-20-19KoreanProfessional1+/1+ or 2+/2+SDSUNomination Form
11-16-1911-17-19KoreanProfessional1+/1+ or 2+/2+SDSUNomination Form
12-14-1912-15-19KoreanProfessional1+/1+ or 2+/2+SDSUNomination Form
1-25-201-26-20KoreanProfessional1+/1+ or 2+/2+SDSUNomination Form
2-22-202-23-20KoreanProfessional1+/1+ or 2+/2+SDSUNomination Form
3-21-203-22-20KoreanProfessional1+/1+ or 2+/2+SDSUNomination Form
4-18-204-19-20KoreanProfessional1+/1+ or 2+/2+SDSUNomination Form
5-30-205-31-20KoreanProfessional1+/1+ or 2+/2+SDSUNomination Form

If you are a US Marine seeking language and culture training, please contact Mr. Kevin Kylis, IMEF PTP Liaison, TECOM Training Support Center, kevin.kylis1.ctr@usmc.mil, or (760) 763-4109, to initiate your request.

To make a general inquiry about language and culture training possibilities for Department of Defense personnel, contact Dr. Chris Brown, chris.brown@sdsu.edu, 619-594-7131, or Dr. Mathias Schulze, mschulze@sdsu.edu, 619-594-0958.