This year DLS did our first highway cleanup on Saturday, April 28, 2018. The day welcomed our team with perfect weather and everyone involved was grateful for the opportunity to come together to serve the community. The experience also allowed staff to get involved and give back. We cleaned a one mile stretch of Route 50. It was wonderful to be with friends...
Songkran Festival is a celebration of Thai New Year which starts on April 13 to April 15. Songkran means “movement” or “changing” since according to Thai astrology, the sun will move into a new sign of the Zodiac on this day. Songkran is also known as the “Water Festival”. Songkran...
Giving back to the community has always been a core DLS principle. Each year we strive to improve upon last year’s outreach and find new ways to contribute in the DC metro area. We take great pride in volunteering our time, donating money, and participating in community events. The 1-1-1 Philanthropic Model Last year, we adopted...
DLS had our next session of our Crash Course series, each of which feature DLS instructors of varying linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The purpose of these sessions is to highlight a new... Read More
What makes DLS truly special is its dedication to focusing on every student personally. Each student comes with specific goals in mind, and as a Language Instructor, I do my best to tailor my work to their needs. I find that one-on-one instruction, the classroom environment, and available resources are ideal for reaching any such goal. I must add that every Iinstructor at DLS is a professional in their native (target) language. It is also a school where instructors, too, constantly study. DLS provided me with numerous opportunities for my professional growth through a number of workshops and seminars, which I find extremely valuable in this time of constant technological progress and change.
At DLS, you have the personal attention of your instructor who pays specific attention to your learning objectives and your own learning style. Pronunciation is corrected as you learn each new letter and word. All of your questions about the language and culture are answered directly. Instructors are excited to see their students’ progress. DLS provides the best language instruction that I have found.
I’ve enjoyed studying at DLS because of the quality of instructor and responsiveness of the staff. My instructor was extremely knowledgeable and insisted on my speaking correctly. He also used different forms of material that introduced me to varying difficulty levels including sarcasm, “tongue-in-cheek”, and unusual speaking idioms
DLS has been very receptive of me as an educator. They recognize and appreciate my gift and skills as an experienced teacher. DLS seeks to recruit dedicated teachers. DLS has been receptive to my suggestions for which textbooks and learning materials to use in the classroom. They also provide teaching material that is very useful and appropriate to the needs of our students. The Farsi curriculum at DLS is very comprehensive; it covers a broad base of topics, both daily events and colloquial themes to more literary formal subjects. The students receive intense Farsi-immersion taught by experienced native teachers.
It has been a pleasure working at DLS — I enjoy the intense, stimulating learning environment — be it one-on-one with a student, or teaching a group of students from different backgrounds. Teaching Farsi to mature students who are genuinely interested in learning about my culture is fulfilling. In a world of high-tech, it is the personal touch, the personal input from a native speaker that truly engages the student to explore the new world — the new language.
I enjoy working with all of my DLS colleagues. In my opinion, all of them are very professional, helpful and an iInteresting and exciting group of people from many different cultures and upbringings. I also like trainings that DLS provides for their employees. I truly enjoy the environment Jim and Chris have created at workplace. It’s comfortable, professional and open to all kind of new ideas and suggestions.
When I started working with DLS, I saw a different company — more structured, organized and very serious — with a confident staff and a group of qualified (Spanish) instructors, who are always being updated. These are some characteristics that make DLS different and unique. Who doesn’t enjoy working in that environment?
I enjoy teaching at DLS, because the location is convenient to my home in Virginia. Parking is easy and the DLS facility is perfect for teaching groups. DLS was great in ensuring that the classroom was set up and ready to go from the first day. Most important, the DLS management has a “can do” attitude in working with the instructor and students and in meeting the students’ foreign language needs.
I have been teaching at DLS for a one year and I enjoy working there. I have taught foreign languages before as a graduate student and as Visiting Assistant Professor at universities. My students there were excellent, but now I teach Foreign Service Officers and they are my best students that I have ever taught.
The DLS staff is friendly and helpful and I enjoy working with my Language Supervisor who is an expert in many languages. Dudley is very knowledgeable about foreign languages curriculum development and at the same time is very talented in working with people.
Teaching language is my passion. I have been working for DLS for over two years now, and it’s been a great experience! The teaching opportunities available to me are varied and I have gained new experiences and furthered my teaching skills. I’ve always found my colleagues at DLS to be collegial and professional. The DLS staff are a great resource and very helpful so that I can spend more time teaching. The part I enjoy the most is working with the students, often one-on-one. They are engaged, respectful, and enjoyable to be around. I highly recommend DLS
I really enjoy working at DLS simply because of the camaraderie that exists amidst the team. Each individual is recognized for their own uniqueness and thoughts are recognized and listened to. I especially love the fact there is a richness of culture; so many diverse cultures present that we may learn such a unique array of traditions, food and ways of thinking.
Everybody will tell you that DLS is a great place to work because of the international atmosphere. You meet people from all over the world, get to know them and something of their culture as well as their unique personalities. For me, as a Language Training Supervisor, the job is exciting because of the opportunity to “sell” students on language learning. Many come to us ready to learn because they have to, and leave with a real enthusiasm for their new language and the fresh understanding of the world it opens up for them.
I think you guys are the greatest.
Learning is a road map of a culture; it tells you where its people come from and where they are going…" That quote, and I forgot who wrote it, said it all for me as a teacher.
Teaching can be the drive that could change life by generating us to regard a different perspective to things. I try to provide, as a French teacher, the best to help on giving knowledge, skill or awareness, but I also find out how to nourish my own process of learning, so as a group we will enjoy being together, exchange and move on our road. The secret joy of working at DLS is contained in a couple words: professional approach, kinfolk, smiling, collectivity, serene, and easy to get along with. But to know how to do things well is also to enjoy it.
I have been teaching at DLS as a Turkish instructor for several years. I have had nothing but great experiences throughout that time. I enjoy the very friendly atmosphere, working with knowledgeable employees and the opportunity to constantly meet new people from all parts of the world. I also find that the workshops offered for the instructors to further develop their teaching skills very useful.
Teaching at DLS is done in a dynamic atmosphere of learning, where you will meet a qualified and dedicated staff always achieving high goals with flexibility in a suitable environment.
I think DLS is a wonderful place to work because of the positive energy exuded by everyone. Teamwork is really practiced here with the intention of helping each other grow. This place is oozing with creative juices.
Being able to study at DLS is a great opportunity; the teachers are experienced and willing to work with you to develop a tailored program that meets your needs. It is very different from other places where I have studied languages, because the teachers are truly committed to teaching the language.
There are many reasons why I like my job and my favorite part is the ability to work independently (no micro managers and the trust from employers). At DLS I work with some wonderful people in a friendly environment. It is hard to find this environment anywhere else.
Also I get paid to learn as well as to teach. When I took this job, I thought I was only here to teach. I soon learned that one of the great things about my job is that in a class room, everyone is a student and everyone is a teacher. I found out that I learn as much or more than I teach. I learn from every one of my students and my co-workers. I learn about their courage, determination, dedication and their colligation. I learn in many ways that I would never have experienced if I hadn’t had this job.
I am grateful for this opportunity to talk about my experience with Diplomatic Language Services. I have been a part of DLS’ team since 2011. I worked for other language companies before joining DLS and out of them all, DLS was the best language institute I have worked for. DLS has dedicated supervisors who are always making sure their teachers and students have the best experience through regular communication. They highly value their teachers, and the working environment is welcoming and warm.
Every day, I come to work saying to myself that “I’m in good hands”, because DLS is a professional, promising and upbeat place to work. Once one works for DLS, he/she works nowhere else!
I am pleased to have the opportunity to say a few words about DLS. I have worked at this educational institute for about a year and found it to be a great place to work due to its outstanding, talented and professional staff. It is a community filled with passionate, hard working, and creative people, willing to give a thorough, very informative and yet enjoyable learning experience to all students. Thank you for allowing me to be a member of this community that is always striving to be the best.
I enjoy working for DLS because of the company’s core values of integrity, joy, freedom, excellence, and cultural diversity. The people in this company are literally the most inspiring, passionate and fun group I’ve ever been around. It is an absolute honor to call them co-workers and friends.
"DLS played a major role in raising my Russian language skills to the professional level. The instructors are energetic and use a diverse range of materials to keep the classes interesting. I’ve studied at DLS twice and have been very pleased with both my experiences.
I am taking a Russian language course at DLS and am very happy with my instructor and the progress I am making in learning this language. The Russian teachers that I have encountered at DLS are all outstanding and truly care about the progress their students are making. What I like most is the one-on-one instruction and fast progress with caring teachers that make it their personal mission to help you learn a language. My agency allows us foreign service officers to choose where to study foreign languages for our overseas assignments. Most of my colleagues and I choose DLS over the other language learning centers because here we see results quickly.
What makes Diplomatic Language Services (DLS) so unique is the knowledge, skill and flexibility of its instructors. DLS instructors included me in the learning process from the very beginning by adapting to my specific needs and designing personalized approaches to building my skills in speaking, reading and listening. The instructors incorporated a variety of teaching methods, including text books and films, history and cultural seminars, and routine examinations to monitor my progress. DLS truly provides invaluable language instruction for all levels, and I look forward to continuing to train with the company for years to come.
DLS has been a great place to work. Teaching adults Farsi language as well as Persian culture has been my favorite part. Every time you walk into the classroom, you see smiles and they can really brighten up your day. Now after four years, I look forward to each session and each class. The administrative staff at DLS has been great they have been really supportive and helpful.
I have enjoyed teaching at DLS for several reasons:
Although I have taught for many years, I always learn something new to use in the classroom.
DLS is one of the most unique environments I have had the opportunity to work in. It is such a pleasure to work with people that come from all over the world and who are so eager to share their knowledge and experiences. I felt incredibly welcome when I started and I appreciate the support and encouragement that DLS continuously provides me.
I have been working at DLS since November 2010 and my job still keeps me enthusiastic every day of the week.
I consider myself lucky having the possibility to work in such a multicultural environment and learn everyday from students, instructors and other members of staff.
A friendly, young and energetic environment gets me out of bed; to come here every morning with a smile.
The trust in everybody’s skills and the interest in listening to people’s opinions also make DLS special.
The FAO, Attache, security assistance, and military diplomacy world is very important to me as that (along with intel) was my core focus in the military for 27 years, and continues to be a passion in my role as President of the non-profit FAO Association.
And the role that DLS and others play in the required LRC training is of course critical to the required preparation for them being effective in the field.
Thanks for the great work that you do.
The Peruvian Embassy contacted Diplomatic Language Services only days prior to the arrival of the President of Peru, Mr. Ollanta Humala. They provided excellent simultaneous and consecutive interpreters and management during his first official trip to the United States over the course of three days. We would definitely contact DLS again with any other interpretation requests in the near future.
DLS gave me the opportunity to be myself. The work hours flexibility is beneficial for both students and teachers. I am enjoying the positive work environment as a team in the curriculum development department as well as a teaching here. DLS is my second family and I am fortunate to be a part of it!
I love the multicultural atmosphere at DLS. We get to rub shoulders, have lunch with, and associate with people from all over the world. I look forward to work every day because of the great and interesting people we get to meet. DLS offers numerous social events for employees to welcome or celebrate with each other, so there are definitely opportunities to meet people from every department.
I have been working in DLS as a teacher of the Russian language more than 10 years. The school is located extremely conveniently, the staff is very friendly and helpful. We have seen great progress in everything during recent years, in particular: the most modern equipment, the best textbooks, and a lot of new programs are available to make learning and teaching a much more interesting and effective process.
I especially appreciate that a lot of teaching seminars are being organized by the school and it is extremely useful for the teachers to learn about the new methods and exchange opinions. I think the the leadership of the school pays much attention to the quality and versatility of the services for their clients and employees as well, which makes the school quite unique.
Working at Diplomatic Language Services has been such an enriching and positive experience for me. There is always a never-ending improvement in this valuable and nurturing organization. DLS cares about its teachers, which is the key in providing the best quality of services to its valuable clients. I really find the seminars DLS provides in establishing new skills on teaching and updating our knowledge for better results very helpful. The closeness of all my colleagues creates a pleasant atmosphere where we share our ideas or techniques on teaching in order to create the most successful and exciting classes. All these wonderful qualities make DLS unparallel and a leading language services provider. I am so happy to make part of this unique family
Teaching at DLS is such a privilege to me. It’s a place where all teachers and staff members work diligently to support student achievements. All teachers support one another and are willing to go the extra mile in order to ensure our students’ needs are being met, and to help them reach their goals. I feel extremely fortunate to be part of the DLS team.
Practice at Diplomatic Language Services is unique, because in a globalizing world, knowing a foreign language and being a culturally responsive professional is crucial. I hold an advanced degree in Foreign Languages and Education and I find language and cultural training at DLS efficient, intense, and meets students’ needs. Our training is based on up-to-date authentic materials, communication, and principles of adult foreign language acquisition. A friendly and supportive working environment makes everyone feel accepted and lifted.
Why I enjoy working for DLS: DLS means simplicity, effectiveness and quality. The quality of a work environment is only as high as the standards of value delivered by a company to its stakeholders in its products and services. Consequently, this generates higher productivity, good results, and satisfaction for all. At DLS, people feel empowered and trusted. Thus, everyone (teacher, student and administrative staff) who experiences this place easily calls it Home
DLS has one objective only, which is to teach a foreign language. In fulfilling this objective, DLS employs only natives to teach any language. In addition, DLS matches the teacher personality with the personality of the student so that the teaching experience becomes pleasant and fun while fulfilling the objective. DLS provides a relaxed learning environment where the student, teacher, and the school administration team together to help the students reach their goal. DLS believes that each student is different and therefore has adopted a policy of flexibility to accommodate each student according to his or her specific needs and schedule. DLS is small enough to listen to each student and teacher, suggestion or recommendation, and respond immediately for the benefit of students without any red tape or bureaucratic requirements. DLS is a great study place because teachers and administration have created a relaxed, friendly, and motivating environment in which students reach their goal and achieve their expectation.
What initially impressed me was the way the students were so actively engaged in their learning. The classroom experience is enriched by a varied and amazing selection of online resources. The school has very experienced teachers who apply their skill and passion for teaching to students at all levels. The school management trusts teachers and encourages them to adjust their programs based on student level and goals. The atmosphere at school is very friendly among teachers and between teachers and administration.
DLS is one of the most innovative and forward-looking institutes. Supervisors and managers are in constant communication with each and every team member of their workforce. They customize, tailor and offer some of the most informative and supportive training programs, which address many aspects of our job and enhance our creativity and productivity. Besides, DLS inspires me all the time, to be honest. I feel they are after my own heart. They sincerely appreciate people and are always on the lookout for potential opportunities to accommodate them. I love and enjoy working for the DLS, and I am truly proud to be one of its team members!
I enjoy teaching at DLS because of its friendly and multicultural environment. I also appreciate the team work with others instructors and the availability of our supervisors for cultural activities. At DLS, you can share your cultural knowledge and use authentic materials.
At DLS, I’ve found a great work environment that is transparent and open to change and new ideas. As a professional, DLS provides ongoing professional development and focuses on people’s strengths. I get to do what I love every day and am given the tools & opportunity to constantly improve.
DLS is a customized, one-on-one intensive language learning experience focused on my needs how to best develop and improve my skills. Instruction by a native speaker who understands the nuances of the language and culture provides me valuable insights that will help me in my future job. The private rooms, quiet environment and tools available — e.g., grammar exercises, access to current events, reports, films and television shows — are tremendous resources that provide for an educational experience that can’t be matched unless one travels to a country and immerses him/herself in a culture.
I really enjoy the collegial atmosphere at DLS. It’s a great team to be a part of. We work hard and have fun.
I have been truly impressed with the professionalism and competence of DLS over the past 7 months. As someone who has spent his life learning languages, I am keenly aware of the importance of balancing structure with confidence building while learning a language. At DLS, the student comes first and the teacher and coordinator encouraged me to learn “my way”, while giving me the tools and strategies to progress at the right pace to reach my objectives. When I decided to organize an immersion trip during my training, my coordinator worked with me and my agency to find a teacher in my target country and develop a program to help me reach my objectives. The customized support I have received is what every language learner needs to succeed.
I’ve been teaching for more than 20 years in the U.S., in government, military, and private schools. Working at DLS is unique. The management of the school has created a very favorable working environment, with very nice classrooms.
DLS provides the challenges as well as the flexibility which lets me grow as a professional, allowing me to explore and test my creativity while teaching me the attributes of a good instructor. DLS’ goal is to provide essential training to the employees and offer the highest standard of instruction in this competitive environment. Thus, it is a perfect opportunity to grow professionally and also provide for one’s family. Last but not least, the trust my managers and the team have in me in a wide variety of tasks show how involved the upper management is in a technical level instead of just at a higher level. The management works diligently to create a collaborative environment.
I have been extremely impressed with the DLS approach to language training. The administrators and instructors are the best in the area and both professional and personable in their approach, tailoring everything from the instructors and course materials to the individual student’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as the country and position they’re heading into. It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach, but rather customized language training geared toward adult learners and government professionals. They care about your needs and work hard to see you improve and succeed, providing an intensive learning program that even includes mock exams. DLS is hands down the best in the business.
DLS is a great place to work because there is such a sense of community and cooperation. Our diverse staff bring so many skills into the workplace, working across teams and departments to strengthen the company as a whole. The emphasis on high staff morale and teamwork makes me look forward to walking through these doors each day.
I like working at DLS for various reasons, but the most important of them is the opportunity it gives me to serve the Afghan community at large. It has always been my life ambition to work with people who work for humankind in the world especially with those who work for my homeland, Afghanistan. So my dream has been realized even though I am outside of my country and I truly appreciate this privilege of being part of DLS, and AFPAK in particular; a critical program changing lives in Afghanistan through infrastructure, security, social integration…etc. The spirit and the aura around the DLS every morning when I am blessed to make it here is indescribable. The management staff, other teachers around, and the students represent a family unit of great diversity and compassion. Overall, the atmosphere at the DLS is unlike other places.
Why I enjoy working at DLS and what makes DLS unique:
I have several colleagues who had studied at DLS in the past, and were very pleased with the programs and their results. When I needed to find a language school, I ultimately chose DLS based on my colleagues’ recommendations, and on the flexibility of their instructors. The classwork is designed around me and my strengths and weaknesses. As an experienced language learner, I know what works for me, and appreciate both the school and language instructors tailoring a program to fit my specific needs.
DLS is an exemplary employer. At DLS, I have found a positive and caring work environment, flexible atmosphere, life and work balance, approachable and participative leadership, and above all, opportunities to grow and take on new and innovative business challenges. I am simply proud of being part of a growing innovative and responsive organization.
I have worked with DLS for many years, teaching both Russian and German. What I like best is the way DLS lets instructors work individually, allowing the flexibility to customize for each student. There are many kinds of students, so why should training be the same for all? DLS also has a professional but very relaxed atmosphere. All of the students and instructors get a chance to know one another at the cultural events held throughout the year.
“I think something that makes DLS a great place to work is that each employee’s voice is genuinely heard and respected. Whether you are in an informal conversation or a formal meeting, you definitely feel that you can express your opinion, and that it matters what you think. That goes a long ways towards getting the kind of “buy-in” that good companies are always looking for.
I love to work at DLS because I am surrounded by great professionals from all over the world and because my colleagues are nice and professional!
I like working at DLS for the distinguished multicultural and friendly environment. From the first day at DLS, I feel a part of the approachable, comprehensive, flexible, open-minded and encouraging team. I heard and read a lot about the concept of “Team Spirit”, but I saw what it stands for during and after the week of training prior to starting my career at DLS. DLS is where to work to create, prospect, and give the best you can
The best part about working at DLS are the people. Everyone has such a great attitude and work ethic, I really feel like I’m in a workplace where I can grow and learn every single day.
I really love working at DLS for many reasons. First, the environment is extremely professional and friendly which fosters hard work and nurtures creativity and professionalism in us all. Second, it provides the platform to improve our knowledge of the subject and better equips us with the required tools to perform our job to best of our ability.
Last, but not least, inspiration is encouraged; passion is commonplace and collegiality is unifying.
Since I started working at DLS, it has been a unique experience in many ways. DLS offers a multicultural and friendly atmosphere where we can learn from each others’ backgrounds. Also, DLS cares about their employees providing different workshops, training and seminars in order to improve our teaching skills and offer the students a quality instruction. Beyond that, DLS periodically organizes multicultural events where all the instructors from different languages get together to share their experiences. I will say that DLS is a workplace where you can find wonderful colleagues from different parts of the world; where you can share and learn from each other. Being always open to new ideas and working as a team is what makes DLS that different from other schools
I enjoy working at DLS tremendously for several reasons, especially its multicultural environment. You’re always having a great time trying out foods from different countries and learning from others of different culture. Everyone is friendly and highly competent at what they do.
I have always viewed my work at DLS as a desire, not a job. It is a successful institution and obviously behind this success are the people and the professional and friendly work environment they created. I see DLS as an avenue where my effort will be recognized and where knowledge can be improved and my career can be developed.
"Working at DLS allows one the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. It is a truly unique experience to see so many different cultures under one roof. You can learn something new every day.
DLS is a community of committed language-oriented people, which is what makes the company an interesting and exciting place to work. Professional growth is par for the course, and the happy hours are pretty good as well.
To achieve the objectives in the classroom, it is necessary that the instructor and the student each give their maximum effort, but it is also important to have the necessary logistics and to feel comfortable. DLS provides that possibility. As a Spanish instructor, I am very satisfied with the support provided by DLS.
I extremely appreciate the camaraderie between the faculty and students as well as the administration of DLS. I feel that the social atmosphere aides in the learning and teaching experience in the facilities. I enjoy working at DLS because they have an outstanding reputation in the language community and have always supported the language team. They have always been adept at understanding our needs and giving the utmost cooperation.
DLS is a company that was born out of a true passion for bringing languages and other cultures together. We thrive on learning about anything international in order to reach a deeper understanding of the world around us. I am proud for what we stand for here at DLS and that we really live by our slogan: “Language Matters”.
I began looking for Arabic training 3 months ago, ahead of a posting to the Middle East in the summer. Throughout the course selection process, DLS differentiated themselves from a mature market by their responsiveness, professional and informative materials, competitive pricing and excellent facilities. I started a short but intensive two month course 5 weeks ago and have made substantial progress towards my goals through outstanding one-on-one tuition
Take One Digital Media worked with DLS on an English-to-Spanish video script translation. A client of ours returned to us with a request to subtitle his English version “Concussion Management Video in Spanish”. We sent DLS a complicated two column video — audio script and asked them to translate all the audio and video cues into Spanish so we could subtitle the video for our client’s expanding foreign market. DLS turned the project around quickly, accurately, and cost effectively. We frequently need to translate our client’s video projects into several languages. After this first experience, I can honestly say, I will never go to any other translation service again. DLS is it for us!
Bright and early on Saturday, May 11, DLS employees, friends, and family gathered at the National Mall in support of the 23rd annual Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C. Upon their arrival, and the donning of bright pink t-shirts, the group became “Team DLS for the Cure” and proceeded to either walk or run a 5K, (1.3 mile) route that wrapped around D.C.’s Tidal Basin.