Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the attire for the program?
A. We do not dictate the attire. In the past, all students have worn civilian clothing. Students should dress in a manner that is appropriate for an educational setting.
Q. Does the unit have to pay for tuition, fees, and books for a course?
A. No, the unit does not have to pay for tuition, fees, and books. These materials are paid for by a grant from the Defense Language National Security Education Office.
Q. Does the unit have to pay for travel, lodging, and per diem?
A. Yes, the unit is responsible for the cost of travel, lodging, and per diem. There are no (free) military quarters or dining facilities available at Joint Forces Base, Los Alamitos. Enlisted and officer quarters are available for a cost. Information about on-base lodging can be found here https://calguard.ca.gov/jftb_losalamitos/
Q. Do students have access to a computer lab, or laptop?
A. Students must bring their own laptops and ear buds or headphones to assist listening comprehension requirements and online testing.
Q. Minimum number of students for each class?
A. The minimum number of students for each intensive class is six (6) students, the maximum is 10. The maximum number of students for each hybrid course is five (5) students. However, if there is additional funding, additional students may be allowed to attend the hybrid courses.
Q. What is the application deadline?
A. The application deadline is approximately two weeks prior to the course start date.
Q. When are students notified of their acceptance status once the application has been submitted?
A. Students are usually notified within a week they have been accepted to the program. Given circumstances, we may be able to send out acceptance emails sooner. Our Enrollment Survey confirms the students’ attendance on our end so that we can order books and testing and educational materials.
Q. What specific documents are required to apply to the program (please be as precise as possible)?
A. We require the latest DLPT test score and application to the program. For the DLPT score we prefer the DA-330 with personal data obscured by the CLPM or student. We may also accept: test result printouts from DMDC; official letters on unit letterhead indicating the service member’s DLPT test, score, date; DLIFLC graduation documents; and other forms of official communication.
Q. Is a DLPT required prior to applying? Is a DLPT offered after the training event?
A. The most recent DLPT is required prior to becoming enrolled in the CSULB Language Training Center courses. It may be submitted concurrently with the application. It must be emailed separately to the assistant director, with sensitive information obscured, to email@example.com. A DLPT will be administered the last days of the course to measure progress. The purpose for this is twofold. It provides us with data of the student’s progress, and it provides the student with the DLPT score required to maintain or advance their status or proficiency pay.
Q. Can you describe the housing situation?
A. Except for bachelor enlisted and officer quarters at Joint Forces Base Los Alamitos (approximately 10 miles from CSULB), servicemembers should look for a hotel close to the location of the class (JFTB Los Alamitos, or CSULB). Students are required to stay within 15-20 minutes of the classroom because of the long hours associated with the program. In the past, the Ayers Hotel (https://www.ayreshotels.com/ayres-hotel-seal-beach) has typically provided a discount if you state that you are attending a CSULB education program. The Ayers Hotel is approximately 6 miles from CSULB and 5 miles from the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base.
Q. What are the class times?
A. Class typically starts at 8:00 am and finishes 6:00 pm (with additional homework in the evening). Exact times are left up to the discretion of the instructor. Students must attend a minimum of 10 hours of instruction per day, including weekends. CSULB’s LTC intensive courses are scheduled to have one administrative day off around the middle of the course. This is to allow student to take care of personal business.
Q. Is a tutor provided?
A. The grant funds a lead instructor and one or two teaching assistants who will provide a more personalized educational experience.
Q. What are the exact class start and end dates?
A. You can view our course schedule, it also has other useful information.
Q. What are the required language levels to enroll?
A. For intensive courses, eligibility for enrollment is a 2L/2R IRL DLPT score in the target language. However, depending on the needs of the unit and abilities of the student, we may make acceptations on a case-by-case basis. Students at 1/1 level or lower are not admitted to the intensive LTC courses.
For the mentor courses, eligibility for enrollment is a 1L/1R IRL DLPT score in the target language.
You may also view our Eligibility page.
Q. What are the future course dates?
A. Planed course dates are can be found the course schedule page.
Q. Who is the POC for enrollment purposes?
A. You may contact José Brassea, the assistant program director, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any of your questions.
Q. Do the students need to bring materials (books, etc.)?
A. Class materials are provided. The service member needs to bring a laptop computer in order to access the internet. They will be accessing non-DOD, first hand material. It is also recommended that the student have any special learning material or supplies they feel is necessary to assist in their studies (pen, paper, flashcards, etc.).
Q. Is there a daily/weekly attendance roster?
A. Attendance is the responsibility of the service member. If a student has a problem during the course, they need to contact the instructor. If they need to miss more than two hours of instruction, Dr. O’Rourke, the program director, needs approve the absence. If a student fails to show up to class, the CLPM or unit administrator or commander will be contacted. Departing the course before the end or arriving late to the start of the course is not typically accepted (except in extreme emergencies) because of the requirement for 150 hours of instruction.