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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Adults come to literacy and education classes because they have specific social, economic and/or spiritual goals and they are searching for the knowledge and skills that will enable them to achieve their goals. Youth and adults in non-dominant language communities may never have had a chance to attend school or they may have had only a few years of formal education. Some may have gained basic literacy skills in an official school language and want also to have access to print literature in their community language or mother tongue.
Facilitators of effective literacy and education programs in non-dominant language communities encourage and support adult participants as they gain reading and writing skills in the language they know best and then help them to build a “learning bridge” between their own and another language of wider communication.
In effective literacy and education programs, youth and adults, whether first- or second-chance learners, are encouraged to recognize and use their rich store of knowledge and experience as the foundation for gaining new ideas, information and skills. Early reading materials focus on the people, places and activities they know best and early writing activities challenge them to express their own thoughts and ideas in written form (rather than making them practice forming rows of letters).
SIL International supports literacy and education programs for youth and adults that are
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