In this episode of the Globally Speaking podcast, we sat down with Dino Pick, former Commandant of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, to discuss how Monterey became known as the “language capital of the world.”
In this fascinating interview, Dino — himself a fluent speaker of Arabic, Persian-Farsi, Persian-Dari and Assyrian — talks about the origins of the Defense Language Institute (DLI) during World War II, and how its development during the Cold War, Desert Storm and post 9/11 fueled Monterey’s growth as a center of linguistic expertise.
Topics covered include:
- How the Defense Language Institute has grown and reacted to changing geopolitical circumstances
- The institute’s near-immersive approach to learning languages
- How the approach to teaching changed after 9/11 to incorporate new languages
- The institute’s famous Defense Language Aptitude Battery
- How Monterey’s resources benefit global communicators
To listen to the episode, co-hosted by Renato Beninatto and Michael Stevens, click “play” in the player below. You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play (USA or Canada), Stitcher, or via RSS.
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Dino Pick during podcast recording
About Dino Pick
Col. Danial D. Pick served as the Commandant of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center from 2010-2014. He became a Middle East Foreign Area Officer in 1996 and served multiple tours in the region. A graduate of the DLIFLC Basic Arabic course, he speaks Arabic, Persian-Farsi, Persian-Dari and Assyrian. He served as the director of the Army’s Foreign Area Officer program at the Presidio prior to taking the position of DLIFLC Commandant. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Defense Language Institute Foundation and as Deputy City Manager at the City of Monterey.
About the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC)
DLIFLC is regarded as one of the finest schools for foreign language instruction in the US. As part of the Army Training and Doctrine Command, the institute provides resident instruction at the Presidio of Monterey. The present facilities accommodate approximately 3,800 Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen, as well as select Department of Defense and State members. DLIFLC students are taught by approximately 1,800 highly educated instructors, 98 percent of whom are native speakers of the languages they teach.