These papers present SIL’s understanding of good language program management. They are based on theory, research and experience gained in SIL’s decades of community-based language development work.

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Language Program Management – A Model for the 21st Century

Introduction to Language Program Manager Roles and Profiles 


These two books are written for those who are interested in community-based language development, both within and outside local language communities. They are written for the practitioner as well as the academic, and are richly illustrated with examples and case studies.

Sustaining Language Use: Perspectives on Community Based Language Development 2016 by Paul Lewis and Gary Simons.

In today's world, thousands of small language groups are facing pressure to abandon their traditional language in favor of a more dominant language from elsewhere. The basic decision that members of these communities must make is how they will sustain their identity and how the essential bodies of knowledge associated with that identity will be transmitted to succeeding generations. This book develops a framework, called the Sustainable Use Model (SUM), for addressing these issues. The book describes how to observe language use to understand the current language ecology, how to assess the sustainability of the languages in the linguistic repertoire of the speech community, and then how to design a program of activities aimed at achieving sustainable language use. Available as e-book at and as hardcopy from

 Managing Language Programs: Perspectives, Processes, and Practices. Preliminary edition 2017. By Thomas Marmor and Eric Bartels. E-book available at 

The purpose of this book is to orient and guide program managers, project managers, and the key stakeholders in community-based language development programs. It provides introductory information on community-based language development, on management of programs and projects, suggests a specific results-oriented methodology and tools for managing programs and projects. Based on broad experiences, the authors offer practical guidance for managers at the project, program, and administrative level in an organization.

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