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
LinguaLinks Library 5.0 (CDs)The Language Learning Bookshelf of LinguaLinks Library includes a wealth of information on how to learn languages. Version 5.0 was the last collection released in 2003. Newer content is being developed and distributed in new formats. Continue to check SIL Publications under the Language and Culture Learning domain.
Other recommended resources for planning and managing language and culture learning
ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012This set of graded descriptions of language abilities developed by the American Council of Teaching of Foreign Languages is widely used for language assessment. It can also be used for setting learning goals. Recent additions include videos of learners at different proficiency levels in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning Teaching, Assessment (CEFR)This set of graded descriptions of language proficiency is widely used in Europe and is available in many languages of the European Union.
Language Study AbroadThis site provides information and reviews on thousands of language schools and other study abroad options.
The Peace Corps Culture Matters WorkbookThis workbook was developed as a training manual for new Peace Corps volunteers. It helps cross-cultural workers identify ways in which cultural values differ and how these differences can affect communication.