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The Word for the World Training

Training is a fundamental aspect of our work at TWFTW. We train people throughout the world in Bible translation.  We offer a Diploma in Bible Translation Program and a Consultant Development Program.

Since our training Program started, in 1981, more than 80% of students have gone on to be employed in the field of translation.

Purpose

The purpose of our integrated training is to give those who feel themselves called to Bible translation the opportunity to obtain practice-oriented training. Our focus is on building a core of trained and qualified indigenous Bible translators. Ultimately we aim to create opportunities for them to develop to their maximum potential.

 

Our Approach

Integrated

Our training consists of formal training, non-formal and on-the-job training. The Diploma in Bible Translation program takes 4-5 years to complete. The formal training is delivered in intensive modules. Typically, we have 4-6 weeks of intensive modules per year for 4 1/2 years or 2 x 3 weeks per year over 3 years together with practical work and assignments. The intensives are followed by self study and on-the-job training under the guidance of a mentor for the rest of the year.

Early Involvement in Translation

We aim to involve students in translation within the first two years of their training. We believe that our integrated approach sharpens translation skills as actual translation experience is increased and complemented by a range of intensive modules.

Holistic

Through our training programs we seek to develop the whole person. This includes attitudes, skills and knowledge that are crucial for the work of Bible translation. To read more click here.

Flexible

The sequencing of modules, duration of the DBT program and manner of learning are to some extent flexible. By adapting our program to the requirements of the students and the location, we are able to deliver it effectively in different contexts.

Mobile

We seek to provide training in the countries of prospective translators with the least amount of disruption to their own lives and those of their communities. To see where our training is offered check our training calendar.

Open-ended

Our DBT training is open at both ends. This means that we consider applications on a case by case basis from those who do not satisfy all entrance requirements. On the other hand we seek to provide sufficient academic grounding to enable students to proceed with further studies.

Recognized

Our Diploma in Bible Translation is recognized by several academic institutions.

The distance education institution SATS (South African Theological Seminary) exempts DBT graduates from a number of undergraduate courses. They can complete a BTh degree program in their country of residence through distance education at SATS.

The Ethiopian Theological College in Addis Ababa exempts DBT graduates from a number of undergraduate and degree level courses.

TWFTW has been a registered candidate for membership at the Asia Theological Association since 2019 with view of accreditation of the Diploma in Bible Translation in the near future.

In North East India, DBT graduates are awarded a Diploma, BA or MA in Bible Translation by the Martin Luther University in Shillong depending on their prior education.