Intensive Language Programs

LCTI has equipped nearly 1000 language and culture specialists with the skills needed for effective cross-cultural service.

Rapid Acquisition of your new language: A Communicative environment emphasizing both accuracy and fluency

The language learning approach in all LCTI Intensive language institutes is focused on communication: all aspects of our programs are design to get you proficient in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students spend the majority of their time in conversational activities. Both highly trained native speakers and Americans who are experts in your chosen language provide instruction. The goal is to bring you to a level of proficiency that will enable you to be immersed in the language and culture and begin your work as soon as possible.

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Besides courses designed to teach you how to converse and have accurate speech, students participate in topical conversation courses, Intro to the Bible (for your chosen language). We also augment the curriculum with additional needs specific to your specialty, such as vocabulary for international business, public relations, Christian witness, among other areas. The full year intensive will get you up and running very quickly with Basic and Intermediate levels covered. One year of training surpasses the abilities of a college degree in your chosen language.

If full-time training is not possible for you, Part-time and Online programs are also available.

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Program Goals for LCTI’s Intensive Programs

1. To provide candidates with an initial language-learning cognitive profile (in association with our Pre-field LAST program), which helps you understand your own language-acquisition needs and effective learning strategies for long-term success.

2. To provide candidates with a strong foundation in the chosen language, emphasizing communicative skills for life and effective cross-cultural work or ministry.

  • At LCTI we have developed an intensive learning environment where candidates develop strong conversational skills in the areas which are most vital for work and life in their new culture.
  • We provide the kind of whole-life training, counsel and encouragement to enable individuals to fulfill their calling as effectively as possible.

3. For participants to attain a minimum proficiency of level 2 in reading and writing and level 2- in speaking and listening (equivalent to government/foreign service guidelines). Results vary depending on cognitive profile and length of study.

  • Held in Spokane, WA, our year-round training programs for Russian and Chinese offer a unique language-learning environment that is designed to enable the student to acquire as much proficiency as possible in the shortest possible time.
  • We utilize the most effective language-teaching methods and techniques.
  • Our goal is to provide a caring, encouraging, and challenging language-learning environment.

4. To thoroughly equip students with an understanding of the cultural worldview of their chosen people group. LCTI programs include

  • Seminars covering the history, cultural formation, religions, and other essential aspects of the cultures of China, the Middle East and the former USSR.  Critical issues and challenges associated with church-planting, discipleship and conducting business within these contexts are covered.
  • Principles of effective intercultural communication, cross-cultural adaptation, relationship building, and conflict management.
  • Combined with other programs, such as TESOL certification or pre-field Preparation, our intensives help you to make a lasting impact on your new culture.

The result of this system is effective and speedy language acquisition and cultural understanding regardless of one’s natural abilities.^ top

Instructors and Texts

Instructors include Americans who are proficient in the language as well as native-speaking instructors. It is our goal that all instructors at LCTI hold to the highest standards of classroom instruction, teaching methodology, and personal integrity.

Russian Program Instructors

Marc T. Canner, PhD (Russian Program Director and conversation instructor)

Dale C. Canner (Basic Russian grammar instructor)

Svetlana Rogatinskaya (Topical Conversation instructor, basic and intermediate courses)

Chinese Program Instructors

Weili Yuan, M.A. (Chinese Program Director and lead instructor)


Primary language texts

Russian: Golosa textbook series; Russian for Believers by Marc T. Canner, and the Russian Bible, Synod translation.

Chinese: Integrated Chinese, levels I & II, by Tao Chung Yao and Liu Yehua; The Chinese Bible.

Culture and history-related titles: A variety of texts and resources are available covering religion, cultural history, cross-cultural adaptation, intercultural communication, etc. 


Fall, 2018 Intensive Program Dates (Chinese and Russian)

September 11 – December 14, 2018 *

Enrollment deadline is August 24, 2018 (Requests for special arrangements related to the deadline are considered)

*Dates and tuition are subject to change

Cost Per Semester

I $3350.00 *

Enrollment deposit $100.00.  The enrollment deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to tuition.


Spring, 2019 Program Dates

January 15 – May 10, 2019 *

Enrollment deadline is January 4, 2019 (Requests for special arrangements related to the deadline are considered)

*Dates and tuition are subject to change

Cost Per Semester

I $3350.00 *

Enrollment deposit $100.00.  The enrollment deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to tuition.

Note: For those wishing to receive undergraduate credit for part of a Fall or Spring course, accreditation has been established through a partner higher education institution. Tuition is adjusted for academic credit students. Participants may apply relatively easily as non-degree students. Please call us for more details at (800) 799-7976.

The enrollment deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to tuition. Tuition is due the first day of class. Payment may be made by check or money order. Payment plans are available and may be arranged prior to enrollment. Please contact LCTI for more information. 100% of the tuition is refundable less the enrollment deposit and the cost of materials until the second week of classes – 50% of the tuition is refundable until the end of the fourth week. Tuition is non-refundable following the fourth week.

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Summer, 2018 Institute Dates*

We are offering an intensive Chinese Institute in Spokane during the Summer, 2018.  Two course levels are planned, Beginning, and Intermediate, which is an excellent option for further study for those who have acquired the necessary proficiency. Intermediate students are completely immersed in the language.

Course Dates:

Intensive Chinese Summer Institute:  May 28 – July 6, 2018


Summer Program Tuition:

6-week Language program:     $2100.00 (non-credit)

Language program plus Culture Orientation Course:     $2750.00

Tuition amount for full academic credit coming soon!


Housing options:   Contact us for current housing opportunities, which are plentiful. (800) 799-7976

*Dates and tuition are subject to change. Please contact us for up-to-date schedules and tuition

Enrollment deposit $100.00. The enrollment deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to tuition.

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