ssk – About us

ssk – Seminar für Sprache und Kultur (Seminar for Language and Culture) offers courses for those whose daily work requires them to cross linguistic and cultural boundaries, whether at home or abroad.

They are designed for:

  • linguists and Bible translators preparing to work with languages that have never been analysed or reduced to writing
  • Christian workers who need to learn a foreign language for cross-cultural ministry
  • others who want to learn a language for professional or private purposes
  • volunteers who want to work with refugees or immigrants

 

If you want to communicate effectively with people, you need to be able to speak their language. But even mastery of a foreign language does not do away with cultural barriers. Differences in social customs, thought structures and world view can still stand in the way of understanding; people`s inner motivations remain foreign and incomprehensible.

ssk’s basic course set offers vital help with overcoming both linguistic and cultural obstacles to effective cross-cultural ministry. These courses are mostly taught during the summer months. The language of instruction is German.

In addition, ssk offers Prinicples of Language Survey, taught in English during the winter. This course prepares students for work as language assessment specialists and is a component of SIL’s more advanced course offerings (see below).

 

European Training Network

ssk is part of SIL International’s worldwide training programme. Together with course offerings in other European countries it forms the European Training Network.

The basic courses offered at ssk lay the foundation for advanced study at other training centres accredited by SIL International, such as the Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy (CLTL) at Redcliffe College in the UK. The advanced courses prepare students to work in the field of language development and can be taken as part of an MA programme. Subjects offered include linguistic analysis, orthography development, translation, literacy and multilingual education.

 

Expertise

Our expertise lies:

  • in imparting methods for effective language-learning and tools for analysing unwritten languages
  • in training qualified workers to participate in literacy and Bible translation programmes