CSULB Language Training Center Initiative

CSULB Language Training Center Initiative

The Language Training Center (LTC) Program was piloted in 2011 and provides language and culture training for Department of Defense (DoD) personnel.  This program leverages existing university and college faculty to provide instruction for DoD civilian, military linguists and deploying personnel.  The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the Language Training Centers program on behalf of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office.

The CSULB LTC program is host to five intensive courses and ten one-on-one hybrid language mentoring courses, five in the fall semester and five in the spring semester. These courses are offered in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.  The Language Training Centers Program is an initiative sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education.


“The CSULB LTC training was excellent! I especially liked the 1 hour time frame and the cultural learning applied. Also, I liked the very advanced reading and listening exercises. The course afforded me the capability to score a 3 (in listening) for the first time on my DLPT after taking the DLPT for over 20 years! I would like to continue taking this course, especially with the exceptional instructor… who designed the successful advanced curriculum.”

“(The instructor) was exactly what I needed. (They) understood my proficiency level in 10 minutes and tailored (their) mentorship to enhance my specific deficits. It was a PLEASURE to consult with (them) every week and I hope to have an opportunity to work with (them) again!”

“This course, along with all of the people in the program, has become something I look forward to every year.”

“After not using (language) for 3 years, I came back to a 2/2 level.”

“Best (language) instructor I have had in my 3 years of studying (language).”

“Also impressive for the assistant to come to the course every day during part of his summer. He was a tremendous asset for learning the target language.”

“I’ve grown in contextual understanding of the language. I now can take from the rest of a passage and determine the meaning of words that I didn’t know prior to reading/listening to that particular passage.”

“The roundtable discussions and movies we watched helped to show the cultural nuances of the language.”

“I think I surpassed here even the level I had when I left (country name).”

“The course should remain a summer intensive, immersive experience. The format is why I chose this course, which was excellent.”

“Getting time to step away from daily life in order to focus on (language) was essential to my success as well.”

“Another great course. With (professors name) help, I was able to score a 3/3 for the first time.”

“This course was exactly what I needed… This class raised my last DLPT (5 years ago) from 1 to a 2. I think I could have easily gotten a 2+ with a few more days.”

“Compared to where I was when it started, it was a big improvement. I believe my language is back to where I was when I graduated from DLI, or close to it.”

“(Professor’s name) is a great instructor – he knows what the students need and he is flexible enough to adapt to our learning needs.”