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 

The following language and cultural immersion courses will be offered at the Concordia LTC. These two-week courses support 110 documented hours of learning.

Additional training dates, including four-week iso-immersion sessions will be added at a later date. The four-week sessions provide 275 documented hours of learning.

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

Language Arrival Day (Evening) Departure Day (Morning)
Arabic MSA^ 3/3/2019 3/15/2019
Chinese^ 5/5/2019 5/17/2019
French^ 12/9/2018 12/21/2018
Korean^ 2/3/2019 2/15/2019
Portuguese^ 1/21/2018 2/2/2018
Russian^ 11/25/2018 12/7/2018
Spanish^ 9/9/2018 9/21/2018

^ Course offered by the Army National Guard

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. All but the Spanish Concordia's LTC training programs will primarily, but not exclusively, be housed at Lesnoe Ozero, the Russian Language Village.   The Chinese and Spanish LTC training program will be held at El Lago del Bosque, the Spanish Language Village.

Registration Information 

To register as a member of the U.S. military or U.S. government employee, please contact CPT Charles Beckmann at charles.j.beckmann.mil@mail.mil or by phone at (801) 432-4570.

For more information about the DLIFLC or USACAPOC 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 these iso-immersion programs, please contact graefe@cord.edu or call (800) 450-2214.