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.
The LTC at Concordia was established in 2016 through collaboration between the National Guard and Concordia Language Villages. Since partnering with the Air Force and the Defense Language Institute, LTC offerings have expanded to include short residential iso-immersion sessions in the following critical languages: Arabic (Levantine, MSA, Egyptian), Chinese/Mandarin, French, Hebrew, Korean, Pashto, Persian/Farsi, Russian and Spanish.
As of 2020, Concordia's LTC has expanded into virtual programming in these same critical languages.
Like in our residential programs, online training experiences offered through the virtual Language Training Center from Concordia are designed to be meaningful, authentic and relevant. Participants will investigate, explain and reflect on cultural perspectives across content areas including history, politics, economics, religion, science, philosophy and the arts, with the goal of deepening their understanding of core values and perspectives in the target culture. Courses are designed to target students who have tested at the 1+ to 3 range on the ILR scale. Participants sharpen their command of grammar and vocabulary while using the language to solve problems, create, analyze, discuss and make connections. The course comprises 10-20 intensive (six – eight hour) training days, Monday through Friday, for a total of 30- 40 training hours per week consisting of 2/3 synchronous and 1/3 asynchronous activities. These hours include classes with up to three students, independent study and activities with the entire cohort.
In recognition of high-stakes assessments for which participants are training, two hours per day are devoted to the interpretation of authentic texts (reading and listening) at the 2+ and 3 levels. The assessments deal with topics over which participants’ technical language competency is likely to be tested after completion of the program. These include contemporary topics of general interest in the target culture regarding military, security, economics, politics, science and technology, geography, society and culture.
Participants apply the language assigned for independent interpretive practice to engage in discussions, debates and presentations related to current events and issues of relevance to communities where the target language is spoken. Each staff member works with all groups of participants on a rotating basis, providing for variety in exposure to topic areas, teaching styles and accents. The goal is for participants to reflect upon and engage productively with experiences, beliefs and opinions familiar to people in the region today. Topics are explored through a combination of texts of different genres, from news reporting to opinion pieces, to podcasts and interviews presenting perceptions and perspectives on current events.
During operational skills activities, participants will work together to solve problems and accomplish practical tasks, such as deciphering handwritten documents or fragmented recordings, translating official documents, interviewing applicants for a visa or creating a profile of an individual based on his or her personal effects. Other days, participants build their awareness of aesthetic preferences and values in cultural products and practices, as well as contemporary trends and fads of importance to communities that speak the target language, with a focus on social media literacy. Activities may include research into the development of a particular meme or Youtube channel trending in the target language or a feed from a popular platform such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of social or political importance. Participants may be asked to research a form of music, art, literature or cuisine of importance to the target culture and produce a creative reflection on those products.
To register, please complete our Training Seat Request form.
These immersion training courses are only available to individuals associated with the United States Department of Defense. In order to request training seats in the courses listed above, please fill out the training seat request form.
Iso-Immersion and in-residence information can be found on our LTC residential program pages.