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 4 to 22 June for Arabic, Persian, and Russian.
  2. What is the deadline for application?
    1. To guarantee a place in a language course, the student must be registered by 1 April 2018. After that date, enrollment in the classes will be on a space-available basis.
  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 from 0+/0+ to 1+/1+ in the language in which they intend to enroll.
    2. We are no longer providing training for personnel with DLPT scores at or above 2/2.
  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 if we receive authorization.
    2. Due to the number of training hours, the course does not qualify as a significant training event. Students will need to complete 60 additional hours of training outside of this program to qualify for an early re-take of the DLPT.
  8. Is this program designed to improve my DLPT score?
    1. Our program is designed to improve your overall proficiency, and is not intended as preparation for any test (DLPT, OPI, etc.) While these classes do involve using the reading and listening "skills" measured by the DLPT, we do not take the approach of focusing solely on specific "skills". Language learning is holistic, meaning all of the modes ("skills") are closely integrated, and language learning affects all modes to some extent, regardless of which is used in the learning process. KU takes a communicative approach to language training, encouraging students to communicate with one another and with the instructor during class. Studies in linguistics have shown that communicating in the target language exposes gaps in your understanding of the language, allowing you and your instructor to pinpoint where you need to improve the most. At the same time, a communicative approach allows you to learn and practice vocabulary and grammar in context, which is the best way to learn both. Our instructors are professional, trained language teachers with advanced degrees in their fields, who are skilled at identifying gaps in their students' abilities and helping them fill those gaps. Any improvement in your understanding of a language will result in improvements in test scores, and, more importantly, will make you the kind of proficient, flexible, professional linguist the military needs.
    2. If you would prefer to focus more on acquiring specific vocabulary sets or on DLPT-style reading and listening tasks, there are numerous resources at your disposal, many of them free, and we would be happy to point you toward them.
  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.
  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 2018.
  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. We have requested blocks of rooms at the Oread and the Eldridge hotels at the government rate.
    2. Participants will need to be on full daily rate for M&IE. The rate for Lawrence, KS, can be found here: FY 2018 GSA Rates. Lawrence is in Douglas County, which qualifies for the standard rates.
  13. Please describe the housing situation. 
    1. Click on the links below for information about the two hotels
      1. The Oread
      2. The Eldridge
    2. Other hotels in Lawrence may have space available.
  14. Physical address / report location
    1. Instruction: classes will be conducted in Wescoe Hall:
    • University of Kansas
    • 1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
    • Wescoe Hall, Rm. 4070C
    • Lawrence, KS 66045
  15. 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.
  16. Class times:
    1. The class day is scheduled from 0900 to 1200 and 1330 to 1630 every day Monday-Friday.
    2. Students will have evenings and weekends free.
  17. 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. Uniforms are not required.
  18. How many students are in each class?
    1. The maximum number of students per class is twelve (12).
  19. Do students have access to a library, computer lab, laptop?
    1. Students should bring their own laptops.
    2. Students will be able to access the campus 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.
  20. Must students bring their own laptops?
    1. Students are not required to bring laptops, but are highly encouraged to do so.
  21. Is a tutor provided?
    1. Instructors will hold regular office hours during the course and will be available for consultation.
  22. Is online training available for those who are unable to attend face-to-face sessions?
    1. Not at this time.
  23. Future course dates?
    1. The dates for Summer 2019 will be announced in September 2018, pending approval of continued funding.
  24. Do the students need to bring materials (books etc)
    1. No, although standard items such as pens, pencils, paper, and notebooks or binders are highly recommended. All these items are available for purchase on campus.
  25. Is there a daily/weekly attendance roster?
    1. Yes, a daily attendance roster will be maintained.

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