Why study linguistics?

Every language captures unique conceptualizations of the world, and as we compare the words and structures of various languages, we come to a greater understanding of our world. Many minority language communities are marginalized because of their cultural background, or because their heart language is not the language of power. Studying linguistics enables us to facilitate language development in communities around the world and empower people by giving them access to more services offered in their heart languages.

 

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Why choose CanIL?

The Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL) integrates scholarship into linguistics with service to language communities worldwide. We provide a wide range of applied linguistics training with specialties in descriptive linguistics, language survey, Bible translation, orthography development, literacy development, and language documentation. Our faculty has years of field experience, our classes are sized for optimum interaction. We are committed to mentoring and training our students for real life situations.

 

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Explore our history

CanIL has been offering quality linguistic and literacy training in Canada since 1985. Our programs have been steadily growing as more students from all over the world are drawn to our highly experienced faculty. CanIL alumni have successfully gone to serve language communities in more than 40 countries. They do linguistic research, Bible translation, literacy development, language survey, orthography development, language software development, teaching English as a second language and many other linguistic and cross-cultural activities.

 

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Meet our staff and faculty

At CanIL, while imparting excellent training and applicable skills to our students, our staff and family relate more like a family than a bunch of instructors. We love sharing our linguistic knowledge and cross-cultural life experiences.

 

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Meet our board of directors

Our board of directors are passionate about Bible Translation and training up a generation of well-equipped people with hearts to serve cross-culturally. We at CanIL appreciate the combined expertise our board of directors to further develop CanIL into one of the world’s leading language and cultural training schools.

 

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View our campuses

Our primary campus is located in the southwest region of British Columbia, on the property of Trinity Western University in the picturesque Fraser Valley. We also offer classes in Ontario. Between one and three semesters of our classes are transferable in most post-secondary degree programs.

 

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