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.
7,105 languages are spoken or signed. CLICK for map of world languages & regional websites.
SIL's dedication to language development past and present
Language is fundamental to one's identity and to a sense of community and personal value.
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A kitchen garden blooms, a mother and child are safe and healthy, and an elderly woman receives the support she needs.
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In Guduba village, millet and sheep bring opportunities for mother-tongue literacy.READ MORE >>
By partnering with numerous organizations and the Thai government The Foundation for Applied Linguistics (FAL), a partner of SIL, helped provide a pilot program for Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education in the Mon community.READ MORE >>
Teachers-in-training discuss problems of the lack of textbooks in the children's language and learn how they can develop their own materials.READ MORE >>
HELPS International - an NGO working in Guatemala and indigenous Ixil educators requested some specialized training from SIL International Literacy and Education Consultants.
The ability to read and write in the Nadëb language and the national language has resulted in growth of self esteem. They are now better equipped to address individual and community goals.
In the Solomon Islands, literacy opportunities are expanding thanks to the hard work of Priscilla Maeniuta and the Literacy Association of Solomon Islands.
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The Ethnologue lists more than 130 signed languages, but the number of identified sign languages continues to climb with ongoing sociolinguistic survey of Deaf communities around the world.