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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Media specialists in SIL work with local communities to help them identify their preferred communication genres and technologies. Communication genres may include song, dance, chant, storytelling, narrative, poetry, drama… Communication technologies may include cassette, CD/VCD/DVD, radio, TV, cell phone, internet, and more. Effective media development encompasses both of these elements: information crafted in indigenous languages and communication genres together with a distribution strategy which uses media technology appropriate in the community.
Understanding the communication forms and technologies available to a community provides a basis for developing a media usage plan. Effective plans are developed by the community to address goals and felt needs by bringing together key sociolinguistic factors, communication genres and technology.
Media specialists in SIL are also concerned with the documentation of communication resources of communities worldwide. Such documentation can strengthen a group’s sense of identity while providing a foundation for further language development.