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Missionary Linguistics Program

The Missionary Linguistics Program is complete, well-rounded preparation for language training, taught by faculty with experience in linguistics, Bible and missions work.

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Contact Dr. Grace Hargis

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  • Phone: 800.252.6363

Flexible Schedule

The program is flexible to meet your needs. You can take 1, 2 or 3 sessions. In each session, chapel is daily 9:40–10:10 a.m.

First session — 2 weeks, late May

In the first session you will learn practical ways of going about the learning of languages—skills and techniques that will help you make the most of language school or learn without language school if you need to. Because different people learn somewhat differently, you will explore a number of approaches that successful language learners have used.

Li 510 Language Learning (2 credits) 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
10:20 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Second session — 4 weeks, June

The second session includes the information about languages that will give you a firm foundation for language learning. As you learn to discriminate and pronounce the kinds of sounds used in languages around the world (including tones), your aptitude for hearing and mastering sound distinctions will increase. Similarly, as you learn about various grammatical systems, you will develop greater aptitude in the area of grammar and semantics.

Li 512 Grammar in Use (2 credits) 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Li 511 Phonetics & Phonology (3 credits) 10:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Li 511 (lab) Phonetics lab 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Third session — 2 weeks, early July

The third session Field Methods course is the capstone, giving you an opportunity to put into use what you learned in the first 2 sessions. Under the guidance of the instructor, you and your classmates will work with a native-speaker language helper to begin to learn a new language. You will also apply your analytical skills to figure out most of the sound system and at least the basics of the grammatical system of the language—all in just 2 weeks.

Li 513 Field Methods & Literacy (2 credits) 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
10:20 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Graduate Degree Concentration in Bible Translation

Most prospective missionaries take these courses on the undergraduate level, but qualified college graduates can arrange to take them for graduate credit and apply them toward a master of arts degree in Bible with a concentration in Bible translation. (The undergraduate and graduate classes meet together but have different requirements.) Learn more about the MA degree with a concentration in Bible translation.

Two courses in Bible translation build on the Missionary Linguistics Program. Li 520 Bible Translation (3 credits) is a two-week course in late July, and the one-week course Li 521 Translation Technology (1 credit) follows it. These courses can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit after completion of the Missionary Linguistics Program.

If you are interested in being approved for graduate study, please mention your preference when you contact our Admission office.