Advanced Training


After the initial five months of training at GIAL in Dallas, where missionaries earn their Certificate of Applied Linguistics, you will be required to pursue further training in your specific field of assignment. This advanced training usually takes 5-6 months and will vary depending on your chosen missionary track. The descriptions below give some basic details regarding the advanced training required for each position.

All long-term missionaries who serve overseas with LBT will be required to earn their Certificate of Applied Linguistics or its equivalent before going to the field, regardless of their position. For any additional questions regarding advanced training, please contact Sharon Vega. You can send her an email with your questions by clicking here.

Language Survey Specialist

Some of the required courses for advanced training in Language Survey can be found here or here.

Bible Translation Advisor

Some of the required courses for advanced training in Bible Translation can be found here or here.

Literacy/Scripture Engagement Specialist

Some of the required courses for advanced training in Literacy and Scripture Engagement can be found here or here for Literacy and here for Scripture Engagement.

Ethnomusicology Specialist

No online advanced training information is available at this time. If you have any questions please email Sharon Vega.

Vernacular Media Specialist

For an overview of Vernacular Media and to request information on training, please visit the JAARS website.

Missionary Children's Tutor

Depending on the length of assignment, a Missionary Children's Tutor may not need to complete the entire Certificate of Applied Linguistics. Only portions of the Certificate may be needed. However, it is necessary for each tutor to be a certified teacher, and it is preferable but not necessary that they have some experience.


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