2-6 July 2024

Explore Language in Brisbane

2-6 July 2024

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Sadly, but for obvious reasons, this course has had to be postponed.  We are hoping to run it in November.  Keep an eye on this page, or better still, subscribe at the foot of this page for updates and we’ll keep you posted.


This course introduces you to the linguistic foundations of cross-cultural mission work, and gives you the opportunity to assess your ability to communicate in another language and culture. Over the course of the week, you will get a hands-on experience of learning a new language by reflecting on its sounds and structures, and looking at the culture of those who speak it.

Subjects taught – at an introductory level – include principles of Bible translation and semantics, phonetics (the study of vocal sounds and their written representation),  language awareness (grammar, or the ways in which different languages are structured), language learning (strategies for learning a new language, even if there are no written materials available for it), anthropology (or more specifically, the study of culture and worldview), and literacy.  Ctrl-click here for a description of some of these subjects.  The course is designed for those who wish to explore the possibility that God may be calling them to Bible translation or related fields, but has also proved valuable for those wishing to prepare for short or long term ministry in any field of Christian work in a cross-cultural context.

Venue: This is a live-in event;  It will be held in a rural setting on a macadamia farm in the beautiful, rolling hills of Maleny, about an hour north of Brisbane and half an hour inland from the Sunshine Coast.  Full details of how to get there and what to bring will be sent in early June to those registered.

Dates for 2020:  TBA.  Those who subscribe for updates below will receive an email when things become clearer.

 Cost:  $200 per person, including all food and accommodation, as well as tuition and printed notes.  Registrations received by Thursday 28 May will attract a $20 discount.  For catering reasons, the final deadline for registrations is Sunday 21 June.  Non-refundable deposit is $20 per person; either the deposit or the full fee is required with registration to secure your place.

Explore Language is generally run annually in Brisbane, while a more in-depth six-week version called Launch is held each January-February in Melbourne.  Information about the Melbourne course can be found here.

For more information: Contact Peter O’Loghlin at maleny_seminars@wycliffe.org.au or by phone on 07 3892 3348, or click the subscribe button below to be sent updates as they become available..