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(December 2009) On 16 December, fifteen students graduated from Curso Internacional de Lingüística, Traducción y Alfabetización (CILTA)*—now offered for the seventh year at Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru. The six men and nine women come from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. CILTA exists to train people for cross-cultural language-based service—especially translation and literacy—in order to assist local communities to protect, preserve and develop their languages. The annual CILTA program is hosted and accredited by the Ricardo Palma University and conducted by SIL.
The first semester introduces linguistics topics: phonology, morphology-syntax, semantics-pragmatics and sociolinguistics. The second semester has two tracks, translation and literacy. The translation track goes further into linguistics and its application to translation, and leads to a diploma or certificate in linguistics and translation. The literacy track focuses on community-based literacy and education, particularly its introduction to preliterate societies, and leads to a diploma or certificate in linguistics and literacy.
*International Course in Linguistics, Translation and Literacy