Trinity Western University

Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL)

Dr. Michael Walrod, President

Since 1985, Trinity Western has been the site for the Canada Institute of Linguistics (affiliated with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International). CanIL offers a summer session each year for nine weeks starting in mid-June. It is also possible to take entry-level and advanced courses in the summer, fall, and spring semesters.

The courses of the Canada Institute of Linguistics are designed to teach skills necessary for learning and describing unwritten languages for literacy work and for translation. The courses deal with the general principles basic to all languages. These principles are illustrated by material from languages of Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. The qualified graduate is prepared to face any language, even though there may not be any literature written in or about it. This program parallels SIL courses taught presently in Australia, England, Germany, Japan, and the United States, but TWU’s training offers unique and attractive innovations.


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