Communities developing resources and competencies for using their languages
Foundational understanding for language development work of all kinds
Publications, fonts and computer tools for language development, translation and research
SIL offers training in disciplines relevant to sustainable language development.
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SIL's dedication to language development past and present
Multilingual and bilingual education programs are most often a part of a formal educational system. For that reason, SIL has worked in cooperation with various ministries and departments of education in a variety of countries in program development.
SIL supports multilingual education (MLE) as it enables ethnolinguistic minority communities to participate in broader linguistic circles while still functioning fully in the vitality of their own language. SIL has produced a resource, Multilingual Education, which illustrates several important issues in MLE: advocacy, capacity building, writing systems, resource linking and lifelong learning.
This resource is available in Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish.
SIL International 2006 Update on Multilingual Education
SIL celebrates the growing momentum in multilingual education (MLE) during 2006 for the world’s ethnolinguistic minority communities. This 2006 Update illustrates some of SIL’s involvement in MLE through advocacy, capacity building programs and resource linking.
Other Multilingual Education Resources