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Academics

Goals and Expectations:

It is important for you to realize that your primary mission while at PLTCE is to improve your language skills to the maximum extent possible.

The teaching-learning relationship is a cooperative one in which both the teacher and the student are engaged in a mutual effort to determine the optimal program of instruction. You are expected to take full advantage of this unique learning opportunity and to cooperate with your instructors in establishing and monitoring your own course of study.

Academic Policy:

Students can expect homework.  Students will be assigned homework to be completed every day, no exceptions.  Do not be late for class; use the “buddy system”.  Failure to participate, prepare or do homework will result in the student being expelled for Lack of Effort (LOE).

Avoid heated political topics.  Academic issues need to be brought immediately to the attention of the Department Chair or 1SG.

Any, out of class activities, during normal class hours must be approved by the Department Chair and 1SG.

Computer Lab:

There is a computer lab located in the basement of Building 253.  Academics have priority. All government rules apply.  Do not download screen savers, wall paper, chat programs, etc.  If you are the last one out of the room ensure the door is closed and locked behind you.  If you can’t access your account see the course coordinator.

Wi-Fi Access:

Government (secured) Wi-Fi is available at all PLTCE facilities. Upon arrival, students will be issued a laptop that is compatible with this network. At no time shall the students attempt to connect their personal devices to the government Wi-Fi.

Public Wi-Fi hot spots are located throughout both of the Kasernes. Detailed map of hot spot locations can be obtained during the in-processing.

Class Schedule:

The LEC days of instruction generally consist of six 50-minute lessons. LEC classes usually run from 0840-1130 and 1300-1550, Monday through Friday. US national holidays and any days announced by PLTCE administration are days off.  Classes will be in session on USAREUR Training Holidays.

The presence of other programs at the Marshall Center adds another dimension to the PLTCE learning environment. The students have almost daily contact with the senior civilian and military representatives from over 64 countries who are participating in Defense and Security Studies courses and research programs.  Cabinet level officials routinely visit the Marshall Center from the US and allied countries.

The academic facilities on Sheridan Kaserne include modern language lab and audio-visual rooms as well as one of the leading Slavic language libraries in Europe.

Examinations:

Depending on your language, you will receive a placement exam on the first day.  At the end of the course, you will be given a final proficiency exam, the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT).  The DLPT evaluates your proficiency in reading and in listening comprehension and is also used to assess PLTCE instruction.  You will be issued a DA Form 330 showing your official DLPT listening and reading skill levels.  It is your responsibility to forward this to your command.  Civilians and foreign nationals normally will not test at PLTCE.

Discipline:

PLTCE is a military school and as such military professionalism and discipline will be maintained and enforced.  The 1SG is the military authority for the school.  Violations of the SOP, PLTCE policy and guidance will result in formal counseling on DA Form 4856, possible removal from class and sent back to their unit.

Major infractions such as insubordination, DUI, Drunk on duty, AWOL will result in immediate expulsion of the student.

Teachers are contracted instructors and are responsible for instruction.  Discipline in the classroom is enforced by the Class/Section leaders and the 1SG.  The 1SG, Department Chair and the Director are the only people authorized to make changes or exceptions.

The 1SG and PLTCE Director have an open door policy at all times.