This course (taken with the preceding Language and Culture Acquisition course) is designed to give the necessary training for those taking up a mentored internship field assignment with SIL. This initial assignment would be up to two years duration and may be undertaken as the first phase of a longer term involvement.
Assignment Related Training aims to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they require to contribute to such a field language project and our hope is that by the end of the course, participants will have accomplished some work in all target areas and have developed the confidence to embark competently on the adventure of field work.
The usual entry requirements for a Redcliffe College postgraduate level course apply.
Assignment Related Training is taught in partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International.
Each is comprised of a unique core component plus a number of shared components that are common to each track. Further details of the unique core components to each track can be found by following the links below.
There is also a two and half day long seminar in the middle of the course, entitled Living in Christ, which can be optional for those who are not members of Wycliffe organisations.
Learn how your own culture shapes your identity and behaviour and discover how to understand new cultures. This part of the course will introduce you to research methods, showing you how relevant anthropology is to your own future role in translation, literacy, community development, scripture engagement etc.
Discover how you use language, including your own mother tongue, and the idea of language of education, and second (or more) languages. This course will also teach you the key concepts and terminology in Sociolinguistics, particularly those relating to language, showing you its relevance to any future activities you may undertake in areas such as language analysis, dictionary making, literacy, translation etc.
How can you work effectively with others of a different culture? What factors promote, and what hinder, working well cross-culturally? How does a team work: what are the different roles; what effect can different values, goals and personalities have? This part of the course will give you the answers to these, and many other, questions.
As part of the course, you will complete an individual research project investigating factors affecting language development activities in a particular area of the world. You will also complete an assignment covering languages and cultures at national and local level, issues of anthropology, and sociolinguistic selected characteristics at national and ethnic group level.
Plus one of the following tracks (see separate Course Objectives statements):
Assignment Related Training (ART) forms part of the PGCert stage of MA Field Linguistics and MA Literacy Programme Development, which runs from 24 July to 1 December 2017. It can also be studied as a standalone module.
The Assignment Related Training module runs from 11 September to 1 December 2017.
There will be no lectures 23 to 27 October 2017.
Application deadline: 31 July 2017
For full course dates, please click here: 2017, 2018
The tuition fees for Assignment Related Training in 2017 and 2018 are £1,700.
For more information about course fees and accommodation options, see our fees page.
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Language and Culture Acquisition
MA Field Linguistics
MA Literacy Programme Development
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