The Presidio of Monterey’s Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DFIFLC) is one of the most intensive and well-respected language schools in operation today. The DFIFLC handles the language instruction for all branches of the U.S. military as well as members of the Department of Defense. Instruction takes place five days a week, seven hours daily in 23 languages and two dialects. Programs vary in length from 26 to 64 weeks.
Almost all of the faculty members teaching languages are native speakers of what’s being taught and are integral to the development of the Center’s curricula. The training one receives in this environment is perhaps the most intensive found anywhere in the world, and includes immersion portions that place students in real-world scenarios and in circumstances that preclude the use of English. The center also is responsible for maintaining the readiness and linguistic fluency of its graduates, and offers refresher courses, pamphlet supplements and self-directed learning DVDs.
About the Author:
Paul Iaderosa graduated in 1992 from the DFIFLC, where he studied French and German. Mr. Iaderosa is currently a Senior Vice President with HD Supply, a wholesale distribution company.