Michelle Petersen

Michelle Petersen

Instructor in Linguistics

Michelle Petersen (M.A. Language Development/Scripture Engagement, summa cum laude B.A. French/TESOL) has served with Wycliffe since 1989. She has worked in Literacy and Scripture Engagement across West and Central Africa and taught Linguistics and Scripture Engagement in Europe and North America. As a Literacy Specialist, she taught Sango people to teach and supervise Sango literacy classes in 116 Central African churches. As a Scripture Engagement Specialist, she worked with local pastors, musicians, scriptwriters, actors and 58 radio stations in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso creating and airing Scripture-infused dramas and songs. American Bible Society certified her as a Trauma Healing Training Facilitator. Michelle helped create the curriculum for the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics’ M.A. in World Arts, and wrote parts of the textbooks Worship and Mission for the Global Church and Creating Local Arts Together. She presented papers at conferences in North America and Europe.

Michelle says, “I love working with CanIL’s motivated, gifted students. It’s my privilege to be a small part of their lives. I love teaching Scripture Engagement because it’s a big-picture course that helps students see the relevance of all their other courses to encourage a community’s use of Scripture.”

Interesting facts: Michelle’s field work has been in Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal.

Languages spoken: French, Jula of Côte d’Ivoire. 


2006. M.A., Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Texas.
1992. Literacy Specialist training, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas.
1988. B.A., University of Utah.

Teaching Experience

Present – World Arts and Scripture Engagement Associate Instructor at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Dallas, TX.

2008-present. Scripture Engagement Summer Instructor, Canada Institute of Linguistics, BC.

2002, 2004–2006. Scripture Engagement Summer Instructor, Oregon Summer Institute of Linguistics, Eugene, Oregon.

2000 and 2003 (summers). FLTE (Faculté libre de théologie évangélique,) Vaux-sur-Seine, France,taught SIL Phonetics course in French.

1998. Literacy Methods course, co-taught with Vreni Hoeffer, CEFCA Theological Seminary, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

1997 (summer). Cours d’introduction à la linguistique, Tête de Ran, Switzerland, taught Literacy and Language and Culture Acquisition in French.

1995-1996 (summer). Cours d’introduction à la linguistique, Lamorlaye, France, taught Sociolinguistics and Language and Culture Acquisition in French.

1993-1996. Sango Literacy Teacher Training Workshops and Literacy Supervisor Workshop co-taught with Isaac Bele and Sango Writers’ Workshop co-taught with Elke Karan, Bangui, Central African Republic.


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