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California State University, Long Beach

LTC Description:

The California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Language Training Center (LTC) program has offered residential language courses for the last 10 years and online language courses for the last three years to experienced military linguists from all services and components. The CSULB LTC offers a Pathway program by providing online sustainment courses prior to its 130-hour residential intensive courses.


The CSULB LTC program offers five 16-week hybrid (online) language mentor courses in Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Spanish. Faculty and students coordinate one hour of synchronous instruction using web-conferencing tools, such as Zoom or Skype.

 
CSULB currently hosts five 16-day (130-hour) residential intensive language courses in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish. The schedule includes 12 ten-hour days, and instruction over the weekend. Students will complete ACTFL pre-tests at the beginning and post-tests at the end of the course. Students who are eligible to take the DLPT are encouraged to take it during the final two days of the course.

Courses Offered:

Languages/Other Course Type Course Pre-requisites Location
Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic) Online ILR 1 to 3+ Online
Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic) Classroom ILR 2 to 3+ Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, CA
Chinese (Mandarin) Online ILR 1 to 3+ Online
Chinese (Mandarin) Classroom ILR 2 to 3+ Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, CA
French Online ILR 1 to 3+ Online
French Classroom ILR 2 to 3+ California State University, Long Beach Campus
Russian Online ILR 1 to 3+ Online
Russian Classroom ILR 2 to 3+ Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, CA
Spanish Online ILR 1 to 3+ Online
Spanish Classroom ILR 2 to 3+ California State University, Long Beach Campus
For specific information on this year’s course dates and how to enroll in a course, please visit California State University, Long Beach ’s website by clicking on the link below.
Pedagogical Approach

CSULB’s teaching methodologies are based on a communicative approach to language production, including role playing, narratives, and interactional activities. Authentic cultural media and realia provide the basic structure of the curriculum which addresses topics similar to the Defense Language Program of Instruction.  CSULB emphasizes mastery of high-frequency vocabulary and presents grammar in context. Small group learning is important to the multi-level proficiency dynamics of the residential intensive courses. 


Online mentor courses are tailored to the students’ needs and help them prepare for a major language education event such as an immersive or intensive course. CSULB LTC utilizes GLOSS modules and authentic sources as well as instructor resources for asynchronous learning.    

Testimonials:

“After not using (language) for 3 years, I came back to a 2/2 level.”

“Best (language) instructor I have had in my 3 years of studying (language).”

“Also impressive for the assistant to come to the course every day during part of his summer. He was a tremendous asset for learning the target language.”

“I’ve grown in contextual understanding of the language. I now can take from the rest of a passage and determine the meaning of words that I didn’t know prior to reading/listening to that particular passage.”

“The roundtable discussions and movies we watched helped to show the cultural nuances of the language.”

“I think I surpassed here even the level I had when I left (country name).”

“The course should remain a summer intensive, immersive experience. The format is why I chose this course, which was excellent.”

“Getting time to step away from daily life in order to focus on (language) was essential to my success as well.”

“Another great course. With (professors name) help, I was able to score a 3/3 for the first time.”

“This course was exactly what I needed… This class raised my last DLPT (5 years ago) from 1 to a 2. I think I could have easily gotten a 2+ with a few more days.”

“Compared to where I was when it started, it was a big improvement. I believe my language is back to where I was when I graduated from DLI, or close to it.”

“(Professor’s name) is a great instructor – he knows what the students need and he is flexible enough to adapt to our learning needs.”

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