The literacy megacourse will help prepare you to be a literacy specialist in a local language community. With this training, you’ll be able to assist a community develop its own literacy and multilingual education programs. Graduate students who take this package can use it to earn a Certificate in Community-Based Literacy as Applied Linguistics or include it in the M.A. in Linguistics.

So, what’s in this package? Lots: training in reading theory, different approaches to basic literacy, the theory and methodology of designing a range of pedagogical materials, principles of designing and testing a writing system, and an introduction to the full range of issues involved in designing and implementing a literacy program.

The three main courses Ling 520, 521, and 522 are tightly integrated and must all be taken at the same time. The fourth course, Ling 530, is an optional but recommended part of the Megacourse. It can also be taken separately as one of our advanced courses. (If you want to earn the Certificate in Community-Based Literacy, you need all four of the Megacourse classes.)

To take any of these courses, you should either have previous training in linguistics (such as our package a courses), or a background in education.

If you want to serve as a Literacy and Education Specialist with SIL International, you should plan to take a minimum of two summers of courses–one of general linguistics and one consisting of the entire Literacy Megacourse.

The Literacy Megacourse is offered only in odd-numbered years at SIL-UND. It is also available at other SIL schools; write and ask for more information. (In even-numbered years, we sometimes offer an introductory overview course instead: Ling 519 Introduction to Literacy Principles.)

  • Ling 520: Community-based Literacy 2019!
  • Ling 521: Literacy Program Planning and Management 2019!
  • Ling 522: Materials and Methods in Literacy 2019!
  • Ling 530: Introduction to Writing Systems 2019!

On this website, we’ve described some courses informally. If you want the official descriptions, see the UND academic catalog.

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