Language Training Center Programs

2017 Russian LTC Program participants.

Concordia College is one of nine Language Training Centers (LTC) across the country funded by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education.

This LTC was established in 2016 in collaboration with the National Guard. Since then, additional partners have been added. Concordia’s LTC, through its Concordia Language Villages, offers two-week and four-week residential iso-immersion sessions in the following critical languages: Arabic, Chinese/Mandarin, French, Korean, Persian/Farsi, Portuguese,  Russian and Spanish.

Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, is a four-year liberal arts college with a strongly globalized curriculum and a nationally recognized leader among undergraduate institutions for the number of students who gain global experiences abroad. Concordia is a recipient of the NAFSA Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.

Concordia Language Villages is a program of Concordia College that offers intensive residential language and cultural immersion experiences in 15 languages for learners of all ages and backgrounds. Established in 1961, Concordia Language Villages is internationally recognized for its unique approach to immersion and a setting that accelerates language learning in a highly supportive and motivating environment.

"They individually tailored the lessons to my interests and abilities. They were excellent. They motivated us to learn without being overbearing."
(Chinese LTC student evaluation comment)

Concordia's Unique Iso-immersion Program

At Concordia Language Villages, our approach to language teaching puts learners into a grand simulation which includes the need to apply the target language via context-based situated learning and being surrounded by meaningful elements of a culturally authentic setting.

Given the iso-immersion design of the residential Concordia LTC program, participants will be focused on learning from breakfast until bedtime, away from distractions of daily life, surrounded by a blend of native speakers and instructors who have learned the language. The instructor to learner ratio is 1:3, providing for non-stop opportunities to engage and find support in the learning process. 

Concordia Language Villages has provided customized training for soldiers of the US Army since 2006 and has yielded remarkable success in language acquisition as well as building cultural competencies. 

LTC Program Dates 

In partnership with the 300th MI BDE of the Utah National Guard and the Twenty-Fifth Air Force (25 AF), San Antonio TX, the following language and cultural immersion courses will be offered at the Concordia LTC during the 2019/20 academic year. These immersions are made possible , with funding support from DLNSEO. These 16-day training courses (plus travel days) support 150 documented hours of learning.

Additional training dates for courses can be requested by individual units, which will be responsible for related tuition charges. The required minimum number for a Concordia Language Training Center Program immersion course is six students.

On arrival day, students arrive after supper and participants can depart as early as their travel itinerary requires on the departure day. 

Language
Program Start Date (travel day)
Program End Date (travel day)
Sponsoring LTC Partner
Arabic/MSA (DG/AP)
21 October, 2019
7 November, 2019
25 AF
Arabic MSA 
27 January, 2020
13 February, 2020
300th MI BDE
Arabic (Levantine)
18 February, 2020
5 March, 2020
25 AF
Chinese/Mandarin
11 November, 2019
26 November, 2019
25 AF
Chinese/Mandarin
27 April, 2020
14 May, 2020
300th MI BDE
French
27 January, 2020
13 February, 2020
300th MI BDE
Hebrew
27 April, 2020
14 May, 2020
25 AF
Korean 
13 April, 2020
26 April, 2020
300th MI BDE
Persian Farsi
27 October, 2019
12 November, 2019
300th MI BDE
Persian Farsi
13 April, 2020
30 April, 2020
25 AF
Russian
25 August, 2019
8 September, 2019
25 AF
Russian
2 December, 2019
19 December, 2019
300th MI BDE
Russian 
9 March, 2020
26 March, 2020
25 AF
Spanish
29 August, 2019
15 September, 2019
25 AF
Spanish
2 December, 2019
19 December, 2019
300th MI BDE

^ Please note the Sponsoring LTC Partner and choose the respective contact information in the Registration Information Section below. Each Sponsoring LTC Partner is in control of training seats that may be available to other units, if they are not being used by the Sponsoring LTC Partner. 

Registration Information

These immersion training courses are only available to individuals associated with U.S. Department of Defense units. Each Sponsoring LTC Partner is in control of training seats that may be available to others if not needed by their units. In order to request training seats in the courses listed above, please connect with the points of contact listed below.

Sponsoring LTC Partner
Points of Contact
Email
Phone  Number
25 AF
Adrianne Gomez, CTR
Brandy Harris, MSgt
(210) 977-5124
(210)-977-6947
300th MI BDE
Aaron Sutliff, MAJ
Corinne Galland, 2LT
(801)-432-4570
(801) 432-4570

For more information about Concordia LTC iso-immersion dates, or if you are not a member of the U.S. military or a U.S. government employee and are interested in additional iso-immersion program dates and pricing, please contact Martin Graefe at graefe@cord.edu or call (800) 450-2214.

Program Location and Facilities

All Concordia LTC programs will be held at the 875-acre Concordia Language Villages campus near Bemidji, Minnesota, which is comprised of seven architecturally authentic retreat centers, each reflecting the cultures of one of the 15 languages offered by Concordia Language Villages.

Given the fact that the architectural focus of these facilities does not always line up with the target languages/cultures represented by the LTC immersions, any of these facilities might be used for any of the languages, with the exception of Russian always taking place at the Russian Language Village facility. A general description of these facilities can be found here.

In terms of lodging, depending on the facility assigned to a given course, students attending the LTC immersions will either have no roommates, one roommate (if requested by the sending unit), or up to three same-gender roommates in a cabin with sleeping areas separated by privacy curtains. Students will have access to a small gym with exercise equipment and weights. Each facility has internet access, including in most of the lodging.