Welcome to DLIFLC

DLIFLC is a multi-service school for active and reserve components, foreign military students, and civilian personnel working in the federal government and various law enforcement agencies.

New Students

Learn about how to become a linguist at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, one of the most elite educational institutions in Department of Defense.

Employment

Come teach one of the 24 foreign languages taught at DLIFLC in beautiful Monterey, California and be a part of one of the largest language schools in the world.

DLIFLC Alumni

Read about DLIFLC alumni, some of the most influential people in government and academia today. Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Dr. Michael Vickers is a 1979 Spanish course graduate.

Student Life

Find out about some of the activities that take place outside of the classroom at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California.

DLIFLC Color Run

The DLIFLC SHARP / SAPR programs brought Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month to a close in colorful style today at Soldier Field on the Presidio of Monterey. A few hundred service members from all four branches were on hand for the run, and many vowed to do it again next year.

Immersion

DLIFLC maintains overseas and home-station immersion programs in nearly 20 languages. Students who maintain a high GPA may get a chance to spend one month immersed in a foreign country.

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Latest News from DLIFLC


DLIFLC students to attend West Point

DLIFLC students nominated for West Point

May 28, 2015

Two recent graduates from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey, California, have been accepted into the…

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Legal assistance office wins American Bar award

Legal assistance office wins American Bar award

May 27, 2015

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel awarded the legal office at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center…

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DLIFLC honors fallen soldier in Memorial Day ceremony

DLIFLC honors fallen soldier in Memorial Day ceremony

May 22, 2015

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center observed Memorial Day during a brief ceremony on Soldier Field at the Presidio of Monterey…

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Memorial Day 2015

DLIFLC Color Guard stands at attention along with army and navy students prior to the beginning of the Memorial Day ceremony. Navy service members hold state flags that were on display during the Memorial Day ceremony. DLIFLC Command Sergeant Major, Matildo Coppi visits with SFC David Lee and SSG Frank Henegar, guest speakers for the Memorial Day ceremony. DLIFLC Choir sings the national anthem during the Memorial Day ceremony. DLIFLC Assistant Commandant, Col Ginger L. Wallace addresses the guests and crowd during the Memorial Day ceremony. DLIFLC Assistant Commandant, Col Ginger L. Wallace and Founder of the DLI Alumni Association, Mr. Ben De La Selva, unveil the plaque with the added name of DLIFLC graduate, Spc. Christopher A. Landis, who lost his life in Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2014. Guest speaker, SFC David Lee addresses the crowd during the Memorial Day ceremony. Guest speaker, SSG Frank Henegar addresses the crowd during the Memorial Day ceremony. DLIFLC Command Sergeant Major, Matildo Coppi performs roll call during the Memorial Day ceremony. DLIFLC Honor Guard's gun salute for Spc. Christopher A. Landis. Taps during the Memorial Day ceremony. Firing the cannon after taps at the 2015 Memorial Day ceremony Lowering the flag during the Memorial Day ceremony. Lowering the flag during the Memorial Day ceremony. DLIFLC flag retrieval detail folds the flag at the end of the Memorial Day ceremony. DLIFLC flag retrieval detail folds the flag at the end of the Memorial Day ceremony. DLIFLC flag retrieval detail folds the flag at the end of the Memorial Day ceremony.
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DLIFLC Assistant Commandant, Col Ginger L. Wallace and Founder of the DLI Alumni Association, Mr. Ben De La Selva, unveil the plaque with the added name of DLIFLC graduate, Spc. Christopher A. Landis, who lost his life in Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2014.

Basic Language & Culture

  • Rapport
  • Rapport includes six to eight hours of language and culture pre-deployment training. It is mandatory training for all civilian and military Army personnel deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan. Available in Dari, Pashto, Iraqi, Swahili, Hausa, Portuguese, French, Modern Standard Arabic, and Korean.
  • Headstart2
  • Headstart2 is 80 to 100 hours of self-study pre-deployment instruction designed for the training of one small unit leader per platoon. The lessons contain interactive tasks, language-specific pronunciation guides, and cultural familiarization and orientation modules. Headstart2 is available in a stand alone (DVD format) or on-line version.
  • Cultural Orientation
  • Cultural Orientation introduces a given cultural group, combining brief language exchanges with an objective and practical look at daily life in different contexts. Topics include religion, traditions, family life and differences in the lifestyles of urban and rural populations.
  • Countries In Perspective
  • These country studies begin with a country profile containing basic facts, followed by a more detailed discussion on geography, history, economy, society and security.
  • Swahili Familiarization
  • This self-paced, interactive introductory language course in Swahili uses videos and multimedia activities to introduce Swahili language and culture. Topics include: basic greetings, travel phrases, numbers, time, currency, and making appointments, among others.
  • Language Survival Kits
  • Language Survival Kits include text, audio recordings, and translations for up to 3,000 mission-related phrases.
  • Legends & Folktales
  • Short animated stories in English that introduce famous myths, legends, and folktales from cultures across the globe to enhance cross-cultural literacy and provide insight into societies

Assessment

  • Online Diagnostic Assessment
  • Take an online test to estimate language proficiency in reading or listening. ODA helps learners determine the subject areas and language specifics to improve, with customized suggestions for GLOSS lessons to help reach proficiency goals.
  • Cultural Awareness Assessment
  • Test your familiarity with a particular society, including geographic facts, major religions, history, security situation, social customs, and basic survival phrases in the dominant language of the region.
DLIFLC produces most of the language materials used for our basic and advanced courses. These products and other language materials are available for pre-deployment training, deployment use and refresher studies. The majority of DLIFLC products are publicly available through this website. View All Resources Here

Language Enhancement

  • Global Language Online Support System
  • GLOSS The Global Language Online Support System offers thousands of lessons in dozens of languages for independent learners to improve their foreign language skills.Lessons are available for intermediate and advanced learners, with the ability to focus on specific topic areas, tailor ed for building listening and reading proficiency.
  • Weekly Training Events
  • Organized in four hour blocks, these in-depth GLOSS lessons are designed to help Command Language Program Managers provide packaged materials to professional linguists.
  • Advanced North Korean
  • These supplementary materials for North Korean dialect language learning can be incorporated into basic, intermediate, or advanced courses to provide students with cultural and regional information about North Korea.
  • Phone Conversations
  • Familiarity with regional dialects and realistic dialogues is key to achieving advanced listening proficiency. This site contains more than 300 casual phone conversations in non-standard dialects of Spanish and Arabic. Arabic materials also include lesson plans for classroom use.
  • Accents Library
  • Available in Spanish and Arabic, this product offers a collection of audio files read in both “standard” language, and in several regional accents to illustrate dialect variations that occur in everyday speech.
  • Arabic Grammar Search
  • Have you forgotten a fine point of Arabic grammar? The Arabic Grammar Search takes you inside the language with complete A-Z search and help functions.
 

Featured DLIFLC Videos


See why the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) is regarded as one of the finest schools for foreign language instruction in the nation. As part of the Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), the Institute provides resident instruction at the Presidio of Monterey...
The commanding general of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., says the future of the military lies in better education, more cultural awareness and language skills training, and the ability to prevent conflict and shape outcomes that lead to peaceful solutions.
 

Latest Videos

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taxCenterThe Tax Center located on the Presidio in building 358 and will begin assisting clients and taking appointments on 27 Jan.

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AirmanLifeA day in the life of a Airman at the DLIFLC

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