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The Language Training Center (LTC) Program is an initiative sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) and administered by the Institute of International Education.


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The National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland (NFLC-UMD) has leveraged its decades of experience supporting government partners and developing courses, learning materials, and assessments in over 100 languages to establish an LTC that provides language courses specifically tailored to the government’s needs.

To support government and military linguists and prepare them to carry out their missions, the NFLC-UMD works closely with government stakeholders to offer courses centered on current, relevant, and authentic curriculum taught in carefully sequenced thematic units that integrate culture, area studies, and language.

The NFLC-UMD offers five-week hybrid and online language courses, providing 150 hours of direct instruction with an additional 50 hours of guided practice in the form of graded homework, online assessments, and online learning modules. Students also have access to the NFLC-UMD’s e-Learning Portal, an online collection of language learning materials and assessments, and they can earn 15 Continuing Education Units for completing a course. 

In the 2022-2023 academic year, the NFLC-UMD is offering Korean, Russian, and Ukrainian courses to help students advance their language skills. The Korean and Russian courses will help students progress from ILR level 2 to ILR level 2+, and the Ukrainian course will help Russian language students learn Ukrainian.

Advanced Korean for Government Service is designed to increase the Korean-language proficiency of students from ILR 2 to ILR 2+ and above. The course will be based entirely on carefully curated, timely, and authentic materials at the target ILR level, organized in thematic units. This course will meet either online or in person at the NFLC-UMD.

Advanced Russian for Government Service is designed to increase the Russian-language proficiency of students from ILR 2 to ILR 2+ and above. The course will be based entirely on carefully curated, timely, and authentic materials at the target ILR level, organized in thematic units. This course will meet either online or in person at the NFLC-UMD.

Ukrainian Conversion for Government Service is a conversion course designed for students who have reached ILR 2 or ILR 2+ proficiency in Russian and want to learn Ukrainian. The focus will be on gaining proficiency in Ukrainian in order to comprehend straightforward communications, such as incident reports, social media posts, news videos, bulletins, press releases, and other similar communiqués, and to participate in routine conversations. The fully online course will be based primarily on carefully curated, timely, and authentic materials at appropriate levels, organized in thematic units.

Language training courses are open to active-duty personnel and DoD civilians

Advanced Korean for Government Service (Korean 2 ➡ 2+)
Length Synchronous
Instructional
Hours
Start Date End Date
4 weeks 120 Jan 12, 2023 Feb 9, 2023
5 weeks 150 Jan 12, 2023 Feb 16, 2023
Advanced Korean for Government Service (Korean 2 ➡ 2+)
Length Synchronous
Instructional
Hours
Start Date End Date
4 weeks 120 Feb 22, 2023 Mar 21, 2023
5 weeks 150 Feb 22, 2023 Mar 28, 2023
Advanced Russian for Government Service (Russian 2 ➡ 2+)
Length Synchronous
Instructional
Hours
Start Date End Date
4 weeks 120 Feb 22, 2023 Mar 21, 2023
5 weeks 150 Feb 22, 2023 Mar 28, 2023
Advanced Russian for Government Service (Russian 2 ➡ 2+)
Length Synchronous
Instructional
Hours
Start Date End Date
4 weeks 120 Apr 17, 2023 May 12, 2023
5 weeks 150 Apr 17, 2023 May 19, 2023
Ukrainian Conversion for Government Service
Length Synchronous
Instructional
Hours
Start Date End Date
4 weeks 120 Jan 19, 2023 Feb 15, 2023
Ukrainian Conversion for Government Service
Length Synchronous
Instructional
Hours
Start Date End Date
4 weeks 120 Apr 3, 2023 Apr 28, 2023

The NFLC-UMD’s DLNSEO-funded language training courses are open to members of US Department of Defense organizations and units. Email nflc-ltc@umd.edu for more information or to register for a DLNSEO-funded course.

Please visit the Advanced Language Courses page for information about other language training opportunities offered by the NFLC-UMD.

The NFLC-UMD’s courses are designed around its research-based principles of effective language teaching, which maximize students’ proficiency gains:

  • Implementing a standards-based and thematically organized curriculum
  • Integrating culture, content, and language in the classroom
  • Adapting and using expertly leveled authentic materials
  • Using the target language and providing comprehensible input
  • Facilitating a learner-centered classroom
  • Conducting performance-based assessments