Language Training Center (LTC)

LTC mainSince 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. LARC covers all costs associated with instruction, i.e. the instructor, materials, and room. The sending partner covers all other student costs, such as airfare, ground transportation, billeting, and meals.

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” here or 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.

Individuals wishing to nominate themselves, or a member of their command language program, can also email chris.brown@sdsu.edu AND snyikos@sdsu.edu with their full first and last name, service and unit affiliation, most recent DLPT score with date, and civilian email address.  Please also plan to complete a post-training DLPT within no more than 1-2 weeks after the end of the course or your participation in it. These data are a necessary condition of participation in the courses listed here, as they are funded by a federal grant from the Department of Defense.

LARC-LTC Courses 2020/2021

Language / DialectDatesSkill LevelProjected Test DateLocation
Persian-Farsi26 Oct – 20 Nov, 20202+ to 324 Nov or 1 Dec 20Online
Pashto26 Oct – 20 Nov, 20202 to 2+24 Nov or 1 Dec 20Online
MSA9 Nov – 11 Dec, 20202 to 2+15 Dec 20Online
Korean11 Jan -5 Feb, 20212+ to 39 Feb 21Language Lab
(subject to change)
Levantine8 Feb – 5 Mar, 20212+ to 39 Mar 21Language Lab
(subject to change)
MSA8 Mar – 2 Apr, 20211+ to 26 April 21Language Lab
(subject to change)
Korean1 Mar 2021 – 2 Apr 2021RefresherOnline
(subject to change)
MSA22 Mar – 23 Apr, 2021AdvancedOnline
(subject to change)
French
(North African)
30 Apr - 28 May 2021Beginner/Intermediate Online
(subject to change)
Pashto31 May 2021 – 2 July 2021AdvancedOnline
(subject to change)
Chinese1 Jun 2021 – 2 July 2021AdvancedOnline
(subject to change)
Pashto7 Jun 2021 – 9 Aug 2021RefresherOnline
(subject to change)
Levantine12 Jul – 13 Aug, 2021Intermediate
(possible refresher)
Online
(subject to change)
Hebrew12 Jul 2021 – 13 Aug 2021AdvancedOnline
(subject to change)

Course Descriptions

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.

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.

Due to COVID-19, all courses currently are delivered online. The typical instructional day runs from 8 am to 2 pm, M-F, with one hour for lunch and 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 here

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.

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