CORE
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Second Language Acquisition

This course introduces a wide variety of skills for successful language learning.

This course introduces a wide variety of skills for successful language learning. Participants will learn principles of effective language learning, practice language learning activities, and train the ears to hear and the mouth to reproduce sounds in other languages. They will learn to become pro-active in language learning and acquire resources to help master language learning. Participants will practice language learning methods with native speakers and receive planning guidelines on how best to approach language learning when on the field.

Just for Kids:
For children coming with their parents, CIT offers a program called KIT (Kids' Intercultural Training) .Click here for more information.

 

Spring 2016 Summer 2016
$1100
non-partner rate
$1100
non-partner rate
Apr 3, 2016 thru Apr 15, 2015 Aug 14, 2016 thru Aug 26, 2016
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Equipping for Cross-Cultural Life & Ministry

Cross-cultural living and ministry creates unique stresses on the individual missionary and family in a variety of ways.

Cross-cultural living and ministry creates unique stresses on the individual cross-cultural worker and family in a variety of ways. We will address those issues and seek to prepare you to successfully navigate those critical areas. We will address the practical and theoretical tools needed for ministry in a cross-cultural context. The basic presupposition of this strategy is that the structure and organization necessary for ministry already exists in the target culture. Your job is to discover what they are and to adapt your plans to the existing system of relationships and process. We will:

  • Explore the unique stresses of moving overseas and provide tools to help in the transition.
  • Identify how expectations play a role in cross-cultural adjustment.
  • Identify the special stresses affecting  marriages and ways to maintain and improve a healthy marriage.
  • Discover the unique needs of Third Culture Kids (TCK’s) and learn how to help them develop into normal, healthy, productive adults.
  • Analyze the special needs of single workers and find ways to help singles and married couples relate well together.
  • Identify and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the various educational options for families and their children.
  • Explore how functional vs. dysfunctional families will manage in cross-cultural living. Traits of a healthy family will be addressed.
  • Clarify the unique roles and needs of both men and women on the field with special emphasis on helping women find fulfillment and a sense of purpose.
  • Explore the phenomenon of culture shock, its causes, its effects on relationships, and ways to cope with the effects.
  • Give specific help to the course participants on the practical mechanics of getting to the field.
  • Suggest strategies for coping with various crises families may encounter.
  • Introduce the basic theoretical perspectives and research tools for cross-cultural study.
  • Learn how to apply principles and data of social organization to formulating mission strategy.

Spring 2016 Summer 2016
$1600
non-partner rate
$1600
non-partner rate
Apr 17, 2016 thru May 13, 2016 Jul 17, 2016 thru Aug 12, 2016
Every cross-cultural worker needs to take Equipping for Cross-cultural Life & Ministry at CIT. Don’t let your anxiousness to get to the field rob you of this valuable course. You won’t regret it. The facilitators at CIT care so much for God, the world, and your effectiveness with both. Just when you thought you were ready to go, you’re not…not without CIT.

Elena - Cross-Cultural Worker, Africa
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EXTRA
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Debrief Retreat

The debrief week is designed to give you time and opportunity to share your life and ministry and to think through the issues and challenges, but also the joys of change and transition.

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As a cross-cultural worker, you belong to a small group of people for whom change is an even larger part of their lives than it is for others. The issue, however, is not the change in and of itself, it is how we deal with change. Some of us ignore it and become outdated, others resent and oppose it and become hardened, and others, believe it or not, thrive on it.

A significant area and time of change is the time in which you come back to North America for whatever reason. You may be coming on Home Ministry, or you may be returning to retire, or to transition into a new phase of life and ministry here. Whatever the reason, many things will have changed: the people and places you knew, the customs you remember, the types of cereal you bought, the songs they sang in your church, and … even … YOU!

The debrief week is designed to give you time and opportunity to share your life and ministry and to think through the issues and challenges, but also the joys of change and transition.

Debrief Retreat
$575
non-partner rate
Jun 19, 2016 thru Jun 24, 2016