Language Acquisition


ARTICLE


LANGUAGE LEARNING IS COMMUNICATION – IS MINISTRY! (PDF) by E. Thomas Brewster & Elizabeth S. Brewster
The missionary anthropologist Charles H. Kraft was asked, “How much time should one who goes to serve as a two month short-term missionary spend in language learning?” Kraft responded: “Two months.” The questioner continued, “What about one who stays six months?” “Then spend six months in language learning.” “And if he stays two years?” “There is nothing he could do that would communicate more effectively than spending those two years in language learning.” Kraft continued, “Indeed, if we do no more than engage in the process of language learning we will have communicated more of the essentials of the Gospel than if we devote ourselves to any other task I can think of.”


TRAINING


SUMMER INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTICS
Language learning in SIL focuses on developing the ability to communicate in a second language, with special emphasis on languages for which there are few or no written or recorded resources.

MISSION TRAINING INTERNATIONAL’S COMPASS PROGRAM

A four-week, pre-departure program, Compass will help you develop both the abilities, the attitudes, and the language skills you will need to thrive long-term in another culture

BEAUTIFUL FEET BOOT CAMP
This five-month Heart of God Ministries missionary training program includes language acquisition training. Graduates can join other HGM missionaries on the field or be sent out by another organization.

LANGUAGE EXPLORATION AND ACQUISITION RESOURCE NOTEBOOK (LEARN!) album
This 16-cassette album with 300-page syllabus contains an entire language acquisition course offered by Drs. Tom and Betty Sue Brewster.The album is primarily designed as a guide for missionary language learners who are serious about learning a new language in the context of relationships within their new community. The perspective of LEARN! is: “Normal language acquisition is a social experience rather than simply an academic activity.” This approach is best suited to those who are willing to make a full-time commitment, not just to studying, but to the people of the new language. (See also the LEARN! video training package below)

PRONUNCIATION ACTIVITIES FOR LANGUAGE LEARNERS (PAL)
This is a programmed workbook (with tape) for understanding the details of your own American English pronunication habits and also for analyzing the way sounds are used in your new language (phonemics).

AUDIOFORUM
The world’s largest selection of self-instructional language courses: over 285 courses in 106 languages, from Afrikaans to Zulu, including a large selection of courses and related cultural materials for Native American languages. We also carry a large line of English as a Second/Foreign Language instructional courses, as well as personal-development audio and video programs.

BEFORE YOU KNOW IT
Experts agree that words and small phrases are the building blocks of language. Before You Know It lets users see and hear the foreign language with native speaker pronunciation, and then leads them through a proven, proprietary learning process. BYKI monitors the user’s responses and constantly adjusts to focus on the unique words and phrases that each user finds more challenging. The result is the fastest possible learning with Perfect Recall.