Literacy and Education

Literacy and education specialists work with local communities, government and non-government agencies and national institutions to establish mother tongue-based literacy and multilingual education programs for children, youth and adults who speak non-dominant languages.

Literacy and Education Technician

Literacy and Education Technicians participate in literacy and education surveys, develop literacy and education materials, and train literacy and education teachers and authors, as part of an established language development team or under the supervision of a more senior Literacy and Education specialist.

Literacy and Education Technicians should have an undergraduate degree or equivalent experience. They should be able to show satisfactory performance in courses substantially similar to the following SIL standard courses:

  • Articulatory Phonetics
  • Language and Culture Learning
  • Language and Society
  • Phonology
  • Literacy Principles

In addition, they should have basic competency in software tools to for desktop publishing. Cross-cultural experience is helpful but not required.

Literacy and Education Specialist

Literacy and Education Specialists partner with communities and organizations to carry out literacy projects such as multilingual education and adult literacy. A specialist supervises program design, orthography development, writer's workshops, teacher training, materials development and distribution, and management training. Literacy and Education Specialists provide leadership and expertise for the planning and implementation of these projects.

Literacy and Education Specialists should have an undergraduate degree. They should be able to show satisfactory performance in courses substantially similar to the following SIL standard courses:

  • Articulatory Phonetics
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Language and Culture Learning
  • Language and Society
  • Phonology
  • Literacy Megacourse or equivalent (Principles/Introduction, Materials, Program Planning)
  • Orthography (The Literacy Megacourse at GIAL includes this. The University of North Dakota's Megacourse has a separate Orthography course. Australia's EQUIP Training has a separate course. For SIL and affliates, there is an online Writing Systems course.)

In addition, they should be competent in using advanced software for literacy tasks such as primer construction, shell book construction, and desktop publishing. They should be able to train others in literacy principles and techniques. Previous multicultural experience is helpful.

See Training for Literacy and Education Work for more information. A list of training institutions for literacy and education courses is included.