About Us (Mission)

About Us (Mission)

The California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Language Training Center (LTC) is one of the original LTCs selected by the Department of Defense in 2011 to provide language education to military linguists.  Since 2012, an average of 94% of the CSULB LTC attendees have maintained or improved their language proficiency on the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT). Of those that maintained their proficiency, almost 30% came to the course at the 3/3 Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level. Linguists who are serious about improving their language skills should strongly consider attending CSULB’s Language Training Center courses. 

California State University, Long Beach hosts five 16-day (150-hour) residential intensive language courses in French, Chinese, Arabic, Russian and Spanish. The schedule includes 15 ten-hour instructional days with one day off near the middle of the course for personal time. Eligibility requirements dictate that the prospective student to currently hold a 2 in Speaking and 2 in Reading. The objectives of the intensive language courses are:

  1. Increase language proficiency by an “+” ILR rating in at least one modality, and,
  2. Assist students in developing language learning strategies to improve overall language proficiency

During each residential intensive course, students will take a higher education pre- and post-test as well as the DLPT. The DLPT is conducted during the final two days of the residential course. The DLPT will not be administered during online virtual intensive courses.

The CSULB LTC program also offers five 16-week hybrid language mentor courses in Chinese Mandarin, French, Arabic, Russian, and Spanish. These courses provide individual instruction for military linguists to sustain their proficiency in the target language. The faculty and the student coordinate one hour of synchronous instruction using a web-conferencing interface such as Zoom or Skype. Students are required to take a pre- and post-test and to spend at least one additional hour per week preparing for the synchronous online lesson. Instruction is free to the student. The objectives of the hybrid courses are:

  1. Improve or sustain target language proficiency
  2. Prepare students for an intensive course or other major language training event.
  3. Assist student in discovering resources and learning strategies.

The combination of online sustainment courses that lead to intensive language courses or instruction provides or offers serious linguists a pathway to achieve higher language proficiency.