The University of Kansas (KU) is a leader in the field of foreign language instruction, boasting five area studies centers and offering instruction in 40 foreign languages, more than any university between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains. The largest program in the KU LTC is a 14-week (400 hours) intensive Russian acquisition course for the 10th Special Forces Group at Ft Carson that seeks to produce soldiers at the 1/1/1 level. The KU LTC also offers an intensive 3-week summer program (90 hours) on the Lawrence campus for soldiers at 1/1 to 1+/1+ seeking to achieve 2/2 in Arabic, Farsi (Persian) or Russian. A series of language acquisition courses (48 hours) in German and Italian is also taught at the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.
Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Training Delivery Method:
Asynchronous, Blended, Classroom, Online, Synchronous
The KU LTC adopts a communicative approach, stressing development in all modalities. Course efficacy is measured by computerized exams from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, as well as Oral Proficiency Interviews and Defense Language Proficiency Tests.