The University of Utah's (UU) Language Training Center (LTC) is housed in the Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TReC). We offer advanced language programs (mostly at the 2+ and above levels) to meet the needs of our DoD partner, the Utah Cryptologic Team. Our courses are also open to all DoD military and civilian employees. The program goals are to maintain and/or advance the linguists' level of language proficiency measured via pre- and post-assessment tests. Instruction is delivered predominantly in a blended format that combines face-to-face instruction and online work, but with some fully online options, to total the 120 hours needed to meet the requirements for a significant language-training event. The program offers an individual program add-on of 30 hours to allow linguists to meet the 150 hour requirement for a DLPT test exception.
The UU LTC Program has access to a wide range of experienced, academically rigorous and culturally sensitive instructors that appropriately challenge and advance the linguistic skills of DoD linguists. This cadre of instructors is familiar with the military linguist population and has developed successful curricula to meet the needs of military linguists. Most of the UU LTC courses are team taught, which exposes linguists to different native accents and areas of expertise.
Please note that most of the courses listed below are offered every year. However, a number of them - English, Japanese, and Korean - may be offered once every two to three years.
|Languages/Other||Course Type||Course Pre-requisites||Location|
|Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic)||Blended , Classroom , Online||ILR 2/2||University of Utah's Campus and virtual as needed|
|Arabic (Levantine)||Blended , Classroom , Online||ILR 2/2||University of Utah's Campus and virtual as needed|
|English||Blended , Classroom , Online||ILR 2/2||University of Utah's Campus and virtual as needed|
|French||Blended , Classroom , Online||ILR 2/2; also offered as a sub-proficient course.||University of Utah's Campus and virtual as needed|
|Korean||Blended , Classroom , Online||ILR 2/2||University of Utah's Campus and virtual as needed|
|Persian (Farsi)||Blended , Classroom , Online||ILR 2/2||University of Utah's Campus and virtual as needed|
|Russian||Blended , Classroom , Online||ILR 2/2; also offered as a sub-proficiency course.||University of Utah's Campus and virtual as needed|
|Spanish||Blended , Classroom , Online||ILR 2/2||University of Utah's Campus and virtual as needed|
|Japanese||Blended , Classroom , Online||ILR 2/2||University of Utah's Campus and virtual as needed|
At UU, a combination of face-to-face and online components provide the minimum 120 hours of annual language instruction required for annual language maintenance at the 2/2 and above level. The curriculum follows a proficiency-based model using a wide range of authentic materials including social, cultural, political, economic, geographic, scientific, and military themes. Traditional print and online materials are incorporated into classes.
--I like that the instructors push us to use the language more than any other course I've ever been to. I also like that they allow us to try to figure out our own mistakes before they correct us.
--The instructors are extremely competent as well as patient. I've studied a number of languages at several institutions and the two professors we have are absolutely fantastic.
--The basis that there was no-hold-barred with her is what I believe I enjoyed the most because that honestly makes the difference between a University Student studying a language just for a major or possibly to visit a country...and a Military member who has to use street language, colloquialisms, metaphors, etc., in real-world situations.
--I would like to say that I was extremely impressed with the fact that there was a huge emphasis on speaking in this course, with a lot of critical thinking, opinion forming, debating, etc. Every other Language Refresher has had way too much translation, maybe listening exercises. Most soldiers have higher writing scores on their DLPT's, and speaking activities help accomplish listening with interpretation practice at the same time.
--The relevance of the daily quizzes to the previous day’s lesson really helped to reinforce what was learned the previous day.