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Language & Culture Training International

(formerly ISLC)

There are over 7 billion people living in 196 countries including over 1,500 different cultures and speaking over 6,900 “living” languages.


There are billions of people living in our world today.

How many of them know Jesus as their Savior?

China, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union stand out as strategic areas for which workers must be thoroughly prepared and trained in order to maximize their potential and ensure success.

The Russian world – wracked by a thousand years of turmoil and oppressive history. Proficiency in Russian opens doors to over 120 different ethnic groups, most of which are in desperate need of a viable witness for Christ.
China is in great need of church leadership training. It is also home to one of the hardest languages for English speakers to learn. Nearly 100 minority ethnic groups who are in great need of an active Christian witness.
The need to equip workers for the Arab world is greater than it has ever been. The needs are overwhelming and the spiritual hunger is palpable. Are you ready to make an impact on the Arab world.












LCTI Goals

  • To equip workers with quality preparation for cross-cultural service and language learning.
  • To enable new workers to acquire the specific language, culture and professional skills for effective long-term service in strategic areas of thew world.
  • To provide quality Russian, Arabic and Chinese language programs that will accelerate language learning and equip individuals to work effectively within their new culture as soon as possible.
  • To provide workers with a broad understanding of the worldviews prevalent in their new cultures


Announcing New Russian and Chinese Distance Learning!

Due to the recent cancellation of the RLI Abroad Program, we are now providing new training opportunities for those already working or preparing to work abroad. This coming year a new internet-based virtual Classroom will be available via a cutting edge video conferencing service. The course “Correct Grammar in Conversational Russian” will be our first online offering, with an additional, Basic-level program for Russian coming online in February, 2018. Chinese will be offered starting Fall, 2018.

Students doing LCTI’s distance learning will have direct face-to-face instruction via conference call, and we will have the ability to pair participants off for interactive practice of what is learned. All online programs will be directed and taught by our senior language staff, with our conversation instructors providing some class time when appropriate.

Structure of the Online Program

In 2018 the plan is to offer two courses with blocks of instruction each week on Mondays and Wednesdays (Correct Grammar in Spoken Russian) and Tuesdays and Thursdays (Basic Russian I). Online programs will run for 9 weeks beginning February 12, 2018. Though flexible and designed to fit the students’ specific schedules, class time each meeting day will include a 2-hour block of instruction, including teacher-guided activities and more independent practice. In consideration of student needs, each course will be initially offered in 1-month blocks. Students may opt to take either one or both months of the complete course.  The internet medium allows for students to see each other as well as the instructor during class time and communicative activities.

Coursework will include teacher-led instruction, break out conversational practice followed by more interaction and debriefing with the instructor, and homework assignments such as reading, drills, and assigned language-learning and communicative practice tasks to be fulfilled in the student’s current field of service or community. Go to Our Programs for more information.


Our location:

LCTI is located in Spokane,Washington, and has developed strategic partnerships with other schools and organizations to equip workers with the language and cross-cultural skills they need to make Christ known among the nations.  Please address any correspondence to:

  Language & Culture Training International  P.O. Box 282, Valleyford, WA  99036 (800) 799-7976



 A Word from our Director, Dr. Marc Canner, about language learning

Our journey into the language of the people God is calling us to is directly linked with our entry into their culture, their world and their trust.  It is extremely difficult to impact your “new people” without such trust, and learning to communicate well and demonstrate God’s love is the bedrock for gaining that trust. Depending on the approach that is taken, however, the effort to learn a second language and adapt to the culture can either be one of the most rewarding adventures in life, or an experience fraught with frustration and failure…

Language programs at LCTI take into account the principles and strategies demonstrated in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research to be most effective for acquiring native-like proficiency in a new language. It is time for those serving cross-culturally to move beyond the mere fluency (ability to speak with native-like speed) that is developed with so many approaches, and acquire true native-like proficiency, including fluency, accuracy, and good pronunciation.

We now know that the best approaches take into account both the target language and the individual’s learner profile so that all resources can be brought to bear to enable the development of true proficiency.  LCTI endeavors to provide every learner with his or her learning profile. Our new Pre-field Culture and Language Preparation paves the way for success in learning any language, while our intensive language programs emphasize the ability to communicate fluently and accurately.  Our instructors serve our students compassionately, and all our teachers excel in applying the most effective learning principles and methods to the learning experience.

Our Bottom Line

The bottom line for us is that we do not see our “institute” as a school.  It is our fulfillment of God’s calling to help equip you to serve Him in a way that will remove the obstacles to native-like language abilities, proper acculturation, and effective ministry. The result is that LCTI alumni in the Russian world are known as some of the finest speakers of the language and are incredibly effective in serving that vast region. Our alumni have established many new ministries, from rescuing orphans and victims of sex trafficking, discipleship, new theological schools, campus ministries, and so much more. So thank you for giving us a look as you consider where and how to approach learning your new language and adapting to your new culture.  May God’s richest blessings of grace, peace, and strength guide you and keep you for your own journey into His perfect will!

-Marc Canner, PhD