A department of defense initiative

University of Montana

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LTC Description:

The Defense Critical Language and Culture Program (DCLCP) at the University of Montana (UMT) provides intensive language and culture training for members of the U.S. military and intelligence agencies.  Training includes on-site and synchronous online language courses in Arabic, Dari, Persian, Indonesian, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Pashto; as well as culture and regional studies courses about the Middle East, Central Asia, China, and Korea. 
UMT courses enable students to learn languages and understand cultures in the world where bilateral and multilateral relations are becoming increasingly complex.  UMT provides students with language fluency and cultural awareness allowing them to conduct effective interaction in a variety of settings with heritage populations.  Each class is instructed by language and culture professors and is an accredited college course from the University of Montana.  UMT is committed to adapting the content, length and location of courses to fit customer requirements.  Department of Defense test results demonstrate DCLCP students’ end of course fluency rates are one of the best in the nation, with 93% of participants meeting or exceeding the program goal.
UMT currently provides training for the California and Montana National Guards, U.S. Special Operations Command, the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade, the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Military Information Support Operations Command, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Civil Affairs, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Joint Foreign Area Officer Program.



University Location:

Missoula, Montana

Languages Available:

Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Pashto, Persian

Training Delivery Method:

Asynchronous, Blended, Classroom, Online, Mobile Training Teams, Synchronous

Pedagogical Approach:

Pedagogical approach includes full speaking immersion in the target language and focusing on group and individual speaking activities.  Student performance measurements enable instructors to monitor students and quickly identify positive and negative trends.  Utilizing video-teleconferencing training instructors continually assess, learn, and develop new venues to remain highly interactive with our students.

For specific information on this year’s course dates and how to enroll in a course, please visit University of Montana’s website by clicking on the link below.

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