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The Language Training Center (LTC) Program provides language and culture training for Department of Defense (DoD) personnel. The University of Utah (UU) is one of nine universities running LTCs.  LTCs leverage existing university and college language and culture programs to meet the needs of DoD organizations/units. The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the Language Training Centers program on behalf of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office.

The UU Language Training Center (LTC) Program has access to a wide range of experienced, academically rigorous and culturally sensitive instructors that appropriately challenge and advance the linguistic skills of the Utah Cryptologic Team linguists.  This cadre of instructors is familiar with the military linguist population, and has developed successful curricula to meet the needs of military students.

Training Delivery Method

Blended Learning Style 

The program goals are to maintain and/or advance the linguists’ level of language proficiency.  Proficiency is measured via a series of pre- and post-assessment tests – the Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc), the Reading Proficiency Test and the Listening Proficiency Test. Instruction is delivered in a combination of face-to-face instruction and online work to total the 120 hours needed to meet the requirements for a significant language-training event.

Pedagogical Approach 

A combination of face-to-face and online components provide the minimum 120 hours of annual language instruction required.  The curriculum follows a proficiency-based model using a wide range of authentic materials including social, cultural, political, economic, geographic, scientific and military themes.  Traditional print and online materials are also incorporated into classes.

Languages Available

  • Arabic (MSA)
  • Arabic (Levantine Dialect)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

UU provides for language maintenance classes of 120 hours for the nationally recognized, linguistically advanced Utah Cryptologic Team (UCT).

LTC Participant Testimonials"I like that the instructors push us to use the language more than any other course I've ever been to. I also like that they allow us to try to figure out our own mistakes before they correct us."

"The instructors are extremely competent as well as patient. I've studied a number of languages at several institutions and the two professors we have are absolutely fantastic."

"The basis that there was no-hold-barred with her is what I believe I enjoyed the most because that honestly makes the difference between a University Student studying a language just for a major or possibly to visit a country...and a Military member who has to use street language, colloquialisms, metaphors, etc., in real-world situations."

"I would like to say that I was extremely impressed with the fact that there was a huge emphasis on speaking this course, with a lot of critical thinking, opinion forming, debating, etc. Every other Language Refresher has had way too much translation, maybe listening exercises. Most soldiers have higher writing scores on their DLPT's, and speaking activities help accomplish listening with interpretation practice at the same time."

This is the best Chinese class I have attended. I currently have a 3+/3 and find this class very helpful for Chinese linguist level 2 and above. The instructor is amazing and very good at picking up the individual needs of the students."

"Professor Alavi has that rare ability to tailor instruction and conversation to each student in the class. This is significant because this class has students whose language levels range from advanced beginner to native."

"The relevance of the daily quizzes to the previous day’s lesson really helped to reinforce what was learned the previous day."

"I liked that the course utilized authentic materials. The instructors were very helpful with breaking down the materials."

"The instructor was knowledgeable and amiable. He did a very good job of using real-world materials to help students learn and retain language and cultural information."

"I appreciate the flexibility of the teaching staff and their responses to answers on projects from the homework activities. It increases our knowledge of grammar and fluency."

Last Updated: 4/19/17