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SIL offers training in disciplines relevant to sustainable language development.
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SIL and its partner educational institutions offer training in ethnomusicology and arts, to prepare people to be effective arts advocates and to build capacity in others.
Ethnomusicology and Arts training prepares a student to work alongside singers, actors, dancers, story tellers and artisans, to research and document a community’s performing and visual arts and then spark artistic creation that helps meet local needs.
Arts courses are offered at the Center for Excellence in World Arts (in the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics) and Payap University. Courses offered include:
In addition, SIL offers frequent artistic co-creation workshops for members of minority language communities.
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