Summer Program FAQ

Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about our Summer Intensive Program.

Click on the links here for information about:

  1. Application
  2. Costs
  3. Housing and Address
  4. Transportation
  5. Class / Student information
  1. What are the exact class start and end dates?
    1. Class dates are 10 - 25 June for French, Russian, and Spanish.
    2. Class dates are 8 - 23 July for Arabic and Persian.
  2. What is the deadline for application?
    1. To guarantee a place in a language course and a dorm room, the student must be registered by 17 March 2017. After that date, space in the classes and dorms will be based on availability.
  3. What specific documents are required to apply to the program?
    1. CLPMs will complete the registration form found on the program's web page: http://ltc.ku.edu/summer and forward the completed registration to ltc@ku.edu.
    2. The LTC will send instructions to registered students on how to formally enroll in the course. Registration by your CLPM is necessary before your enrollment can be processed.
  4. Who is the POC for enrollment purposes?
    1. The POC is Dr. Michael DeHaven, LTC Project Manager, who can be contacted at ltc@ku.edu.
  5. What are the required language levels to enroll?
    1. Students must have a recent DLPT score of 1/1 or higher in the language in which they intend to enroll.
  6. Is a DLPT required prior to applying?
    1. While exceptions can be made, the DLPT score is needed to assign students to appropriate classes.
      1. The classes are NOT intended for initial acquisition. DLPT scores are needed to guarantee that a student has already received initial training in the language.
      2. Curricula will be developed to the proficiency level of the students. Without a current DLPT score, students may end up in classes that are above or below their actual abilities.
  7. Is a DLPT offered after the training event?
    1. The KU LTC is working on authorization to administer the DLPT at the end of the course. We will inform students whether or not we are able to prior to the start of the course.
    2. Due to the number of training hours, the course qualifies as a significant training event allowing the student to be scheduled for a DLPT upon return to home station, if we are not able to administer the test.
  8. Is this program designed to improve my DLPT score?
    1. Our program is designed to improve your overall proficiency, which includes the reading and listening skills measured by the DLPT, and, more importantly, will make your language skillsets more useful to the military. We understand that some service members are not required to speak the language in their military jobs. Studies in linguistics have shown that conversations in the target language expose gaps in your understanding of the language, allowing you to pinpoint where you need to improve the most. Conversation also allows you to practice and learn vocabulary in context. In addition, speaking with another person requires active listening, which practices the desired skillset.
    2. If you would like to focus more on acquiring specific vocabulary sets, there are numerous resources at your disposal, many of them free, and we would be happy to point you toward them. Our program focuses on developing linguists that meet the military’s demands and will help you become a more versatile and proficient linguist.
  9. What results can I expect from this course?
    1. Our intent is that you will see progress toward the next sub-level on the ILR scale, but results will depend largely on your engagement in the class, and your motivation to learn while here.
    2. In Summer 2016, the first year we offered these classes, 52% of the students made measurable progress, some advancing by two sub-levels on the ACTFL scale. While some may not have shown measurable progress, they did report gaining a better understanding of the language. Click here to see a table showing the results: Summer 2016 results.
  10. When are students notified of their acceptance status once the application has been submitted?
    1. CLPMs are notified as soon as the student is registered in the appropriate class.
    2. A general notice will be sent out to all CLPMs and students NLT 15 April 2017.
  11. What is included? Tuition & Fees, Books, Room, Board?
    1. The Language Training Center Grant covers tuition, fees, and course materials (textbooks, access to online materials, etc.)
    2. The unit must cover travel, room and board.
  12. What is the cost of Room & Board to be covered by the unit?
    1. Meal plan is $25.75 per day.
      1. Students will be provided a Conference Access Card that allows access to the dining facilities and is used to pay for meals.
      2. Dinner will be provided on the arrival day and breakfast on departure day.
    2. Lodging in the dorms is $43 per day.
      1. Towels and linens will be provided at a cost of $3.50 per day.
      2. Parking is free at the dorms. Classes will be within a short walking distance.
      3. Students will be provided a laundry card, pre-loaded with $15, which covers 5 loads.
    3. Rooms do NOT include an alarm clock. Students should bring their own.
    4. Both lodging and meals are paid up front at check-in and can be paid with a government travel card.
      1. KU LTC is not able to accept payment via Travel Voucher. Please ensure that you have a travel card, that it is activated, and that you have sufficient credit on the card to cover your expenses here.
      2. KU LTC will provide an itemized receipt when you pay at check-in.
  13. Please describe the housing situation. 
    1. Students will stay in one of two brand new residence halls that opened in August of 2015. 
      1. Check-in time is NET 1400 on the arrival date (10 June / 8 July)
      2. Check-out time is NLT 1100 on the departure date (25 June / 23 July)
    2. Students will be in single rooms, meaning:
      1. One student in a two-person room.
      2. Two students in a four-person room (two sleeping areas separated by a common area.)
    3. Students will be segregated by language to facilitate immersion during time outside of class. 
    4. Click here for more information about the facilities: http://housing.ku.edu/residence-halls/oswald#FAQs
  14. Physical address / report location
    1. Housing: Attendees will report to the dorm for in-processing. The physical address for the dorm is:
      • 1620 Engel Rd
      • Lawrence, KS 66045
    2. Instruction: classes will be conducted in Wescoe Hall:
    • University of Kansas
    • 1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
    • Wescoe Hall, Rm. 4070C
    • Lawrence, KS 66045
  15. Is it mandatory to stay in the dorm?
    1. Yes. Aside from saving the unit money on lodging costs, housing students together in the dorms allows for a greater amount of immersion and interactivity, which leads to improved language proficiency.
  16. Transportation to and from the airport:
    1. GTS (Ground Transportation Services) offers shuttle service between the KU campus and the airport: http://gtslawrence.com/
    2. The KCI Roadrunner also offers both shuttle and contract service between the airport and Lawrence: http://kciroadrunner.com/index.php Note that the scheduled shuttle does not stop at the KU campus, but bus service is available, or transportation from the drop-off point can be arranged.
    3. Several rental car companies are also available at the KC airport.
  17. Class times:
    1. The class day is scheduled from 0730-2000 everyday Monday-Sunday (accommodations will be made for religious observances). A complete daily schedule can be seen here: Daily Schedule.
  18. Attire
    1. Appropriate civilian attire will be required for classes. Attire can be casual but should present a professional appearance. Please avoid the following:
      1. T-Shirts with offensive words, pictures, or slogans (collared/Polo shirts are preferred).
      2. Shorts and jeans with holes, rips, frays, or stains.
      3. Cut-offs
    2.  Comfortable clothing that you are willing to get dirty or possibly torn should be brought for the challenge course. Click here to see an overview of the course: Challenge Course.
  19. How many students are in each class?
    1. The maximum number of students per class is twelve (12).
  20. Do students have access to a library, computer lab, laptop?
    1. Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops. Wi-Fi is available in the classrooms and dorms.
    2. Students will be able to access the Wi-Fi through personal electronic devices.
    3. There are public computer labs on campus that students can use if needed. See http://computerlabs.ku.edu.
  21. Must students bring their own laptops?
    1. Students are not required to bring laptops, but are highly encouraged to do so.
  22. Is a tutor provided?
    1. Yes, there are language facilitators for every course who can assist you.
    2. Instructors will hold regular office hours during the course and will be available for consultation.
  23. Is online training available for those who are unable to attend face-to-face sessions?
    1. Not at this time.
  24. Future course dates?
    1. The dates for Summer 2018 will be announced in August 2017, pending approval of continued funding.
  25. Do the students need to bring materials (books etc)
    1. No, although standard items such as pens, pencils, paper, and notebooks or binders are recommended. All these items are available for purchase on campus.
  26. Is there a daily/weekly attendance roster?
    1. Yes, a daily attendance roster will be maintained.

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