Organizational Overview

The School of Language Studies (SLS) is divided into language and non-language divisions.


Language Divisions
The following five instructional divisions provide training in over 70 languages:

  • East Asian & Pacific
  • European & African
  • Near East, Central, & South Asian
  • Romance
  • Slavic & Eurasian Languages Division

Each division includes a team to support students in meeting their language training goals. Members of that team include:

  • Language Training Supervisors (LTS): Language professionals who oversee training specialists, instructors, and students. The LTS is the immediate supervisor for employees enrolled in the language school;
  • Training Specialists (TS): Non-supervisory staff who assist the LTS with student development, managing language training programs, and implementing program goals; and,
  • Language and Culture Instructors (LCI): Native or near-native speakers who provide classroom instruction and out-of-classroom support.

Non-Language Divisions
In addition to the five language divisions, five non-instructional divisions support the mission of SLS.

  • Administration is responsible for the central administrative needs of SLS, such as managing contracts and purchasing.
  • Curriculum, Staff and Student Development (CSD) supports language learning through staff development; and student, curriculum, and materials development. CSD also coordinates student orientations.
  • The Evaluation and Measurement Unit (EMU) helps all staff members collect and analyze information to understand how programs are performing and use evidence to inform planning and decisions.
  • Foreign Service Programs (FSP) supports language training at overseas posts through the Distance Language Learning and Post Language programs. FSP also offers the In-Language Media Practicum for members of the Foreign Service.
  • The Language Testing Unit (LTU) administers the language proficiency testing program, providing test administration oversight, testing records maintenance, and quality control. The LTU ensures that tests are valid and reliable for all examinees.