SIL Academic Training
Academic training in SIL focuses on preparing people to do quality linguistic fieldwork, literacy, and translation.
Training for Roles in Language Work
SIL Ethnomusicology and Arts Training
Ethnomusicology and Arts training in SIL focuses on preparing people to be effective arts fieldworkers and to build capacity in others.
Ethnomusicology and Arts training prepares a student to work alongside local singers, actors, dancers, story tellers and artisans, researching and documenting a community's performing and visual arts and then sparking artistic creation, to reach positive spiritual and social goals. Arts courses are offered at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL, Dallas, Texas), the European Training Programme (ETP, Horsleys Green, England) and Payap University (Chiang Mai, Thailand).
Other required coursework is also offered at the Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC) or at the summer SIL program at the University of North Dakota (SIL-UND, Grand Forks).
The completion of these courses, followed by a six-month to three-year field apprenticeship as an Arts Specialist, prepares an individual for further service in the arts. After this initial field experience, the Arts Specialist may become an Arts Consultant.
The exact set of courses for this track is determined in consultation with an advisor from the Ethnomusicology and Arts Group. The advisor will take into account the student's background and training. For more information, email .
Linguistics and Anthropology Courses
- Language and Society
- Basic introduction to phonetics, phonology and grammar (may be provided in a condensed course such as Introduction to Language Structure)
- Language and Culture Acquisition
- Cultural Anthropology
- Audio and Video Techniques for Fieldworkers
- Expressive Form Analysis
- Research Methods for World Arts
- Applied Arts
- One artistic domain specialty such as Oral Tradition and Literature, Discourse Analysis, Song Transcription and Analysis or a special project exploring another art form
- One application specialty such as Scripture Use, Literacy, Community Development, Language Development or Translation (some of these courses require prerequisites)
- One missiology course