Organizational Overview

The School of Language Studies (SLS) is divided into instructional and functional divisions.


Instructional Divisions
The following five instructional divisions provide training in over 65 languages:

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

Each instructional 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 students 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.
  • Language and Culture Instructors (LCI): Native or near-native speakers who provide classroom instruction and out-of-classroom support.

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

  • Curriculum, Staff and Student Development (CSD) supports language learning through staff development, curriculum and materials development and instructional technology. 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.
  • Administration is responsible for the central administrative needs of SLS, such as managing contracts and purchasing.
  • 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.