SILA: Language Learning for Relationships and Ministry Course

SILA: Language Learning for Relationships and Ministry Course

WHAT: 5 days of classes plus an evening cultural experience
WHEN: 9.00am–5.00pm, 10–14 July 2023
WHERE: SMBC Roberts-Dale Campus, 150 Croydon Avenue, Croydon Park 2133
WHO: Ideal for those in any kind of cross-cultural ministry
COST: $380 (lunch included) + Eventbrite booking fee



Effective ministry is borne out of deep relationships. Are there people you wish you could relate to but language is a barrier? What if you could learn a language without a textbook, without worrying about reading and writing, but by just by relating to a person willing to share their language and culture with you?

At SILA's week-long course, hosted at SMBC, you'll:

  • Learn from trainers with experience in language learning and cross-cultural living.
  • Meet others who are interested in language and cross-cultural life and ministry.
  • Have fun while learning skills that will grow your understanding as well as your ability to build relationships with others across language and culture .

You'll cover areas such as:

  • Cultural humility – Learn about the importance of ‘posture’ for relationship building, and how to ask good questions for greater understanding.
  • Sounds of language – Tune your ears to the sounds you use to communicate through language – and the sounds used in other languages.
  • Relational language learning – Learn a relational approach to language learning, and actually begin to learn a language with this approach during the week.

Teaching Team:

  • Graham Scott (MDiv, GradDipAppLing, BA)
  • Sharna Steinert (MA(Min), GradDipLangDescDev, BMin)
  • Philip Swan (MAppLing, GradDipLangDescDev, BTh)

More about SILA:

SILA (Summer Institute of Linguistics Australia) trains intercultural workers in the areas of language learning, linguistics, translation, literacy and other language related roles. They are affiliated with SIL International, an organisation that specialises in working with languages spoken by the world’s lesser known people groups living in over 50 countries. Many of their graduates are involved in language development work with both government and non-government organisations, in literacy, translation, and language documentation, and in educational and linguistic research projects around the world. Learn more at

Got questions? Email SILA here

SMBC, PO Box 83
43 Badminton Road, Croydon NSW 2132
T +61 2 9747 4780
Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC) is an Affiliated College of the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS: 02650E
ABN: 11 000 047 950