New Online Language Programs

Russian or Chinese Virtual Classroom Distance Learning

We now provide a distance learning option for those already working or preparing to work abroad. Our internet-based virtual Classroom is available via a cutting edge video conferencing service. Basic and intermediate-level courses in Chinese and Russian begin August, 2018. In the Fall we will also offer “Correct Grammar in Conversational Russian”, an intermediate or advanced-level course that promotes native-like accuracy and fluency.

Students enjoy direct face-to-face instruction via conference call, not the usual recorded lectures found in most online programs. Emphasis is on becoming fluent and accurate. We are able to pair participants off for interactive practice of what is learned, with white board, video and other interactive features while online. Courses are directed and taught by our senior instructors, Marc Canner (Russian) and Weili Yuan (Chinese), with our conversation instructors providing class time when needed.

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Structure of the Online Program

In Fall 2018 we will offer two different courses for both Russian and Chinese (basic and intermediate-advanced) with one or two-day blocks of instruction each week. The exact schedule is determined in consultation with students. The program will run for 12 weeks from August 29 till November 16. Class time each week will include 2 1/2 hours of instruction, including teacher-guided activities and independent practice.  The internet medium allows for students to see each other as well as the instructor during class time and communicative activities.

Coursework includes 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 tasks to be fulfilled in the student’s current field of service or community.

Highly Professional and Qualified Staff

All language programs are taught by highly qualified staff and led by professionals with vast experience in cross-cultural and language acquisition experience. We have in residence a Christian Cultural Anthropologist, an expert missiologist, highly qualified linguists (Second Language Acquisition) and well-trained language specialists and teachers. Equipping you to impact our world for Christ is our calling and passion!

Chinese Language Institute

Weili Yuan, MA (Director) (currently working on her PhD in Second Language Acquisition)

Russian Language Institute

Marc Canner, PhD (Director, Conversation & Intermediate Grammar)

Dale Canner (Grammar specialist)

Svetlana Rogatinskaya Black (Russian Conversation)


†Online Program Courses, Tuition and Schedule for 2018:

I. Basic Russian I & II, Spring or Fall 2018 (no experience necessary)

*Description: A beginning-level introduction to becoming conversant in Russian; students learn how to communicate accurately, and grow in mastering the structure and phonetics of modern spoken Russian

Dates: Sept. 3 – Nov. 23 (12 total weeks)

**Meeting Times: Arranged by consultation. either 1 or 2 blocks per week with 2 possible course sections. Exact days and times to be arranged to meet student needs.


II.Intermediate Russian I, Spring 2019

*Description: A lower intermediate level course that enables students to develop intermediate-level conversation skills in Russian; students begin to master the structure, vocabulary and pragmatic use of modern spoken Russian, with a number of conversational topics covered.

Dates: Jan. 15 –  April 12, 2019

**Meeting Times: Arranged by consultation with either 1 or 2 blocks per week. Exact days and  times to be determined to meet student needs.


III. Correct Grammar in Spoken Russian, Spring or Fall 2018

*Description: An intermediate-advanced level course for workers already engaged in immersive activities or who have mastered a basic proficiency. Designed to enable the student to become more native-like in spoken Russian by improving accuracy in communication. Emphasizes both accuracy and fluency activities

Dates: Sept. 4 – November 23, 2018 (12 weeks)

**Meeting Times: To be determined by consultation with students


III. Basic Chinese I & II, Fall 2018

*Description: A beginning-level introduction to becoming conversant in Mandarin Chinese; students learn how to communicate accurately, and grow in mastering the structure and phonetics of modern spoken Chinese

Dates: Sep. 11 – November 30

**Meeting Times: To be determined by consulting with students


IV. Intermediate Chinese I, Spring 2018

*Description: An upper novice/lower intermediate level course that enables students to begin to develop intermediate-level conversation skills in Mandarin Chinese; students grow further in mastering the structure and phonetics of modern Chinese, with a number of key conversational topics covered.

Dates: Jan. 15 –  April 12, 2019

**Meeting Times: 2 optional course sections with exact days and times to be determined to meet student needs.

† Accreditation for Online programs coming soon.

* Students at a slightly higher level of proficiency may join a course at a point commensurate with abilities.

** Meeting times can be arranged either once or twice each week to fit student needs.


Program Tuition per 12-week course: $720.00 ($240.00 per month)

A $50.00 non-refundable course deposit is required with application for the online program. The deposit is applied toward tuition. Students may opt to pay their tuition on a monthly basis.

If interested, please contact us right away so that we can work out a schedule that suits your particular needs. Call us at: (800) 799-7976 for more information. You may also contact us directly at:

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Our Approach: A Communicative environment emphasizing accuracy and fluency

The language learning approach in all LCTI language programs and institutes is focused on communication, ensuring that students spend the majority of their time in conversational activities. Experienced native speakers provide most of the instruction in conversation courses, while Americans proficient in the language provide grammatical instruction designed to promote accurate speech patterns. Besides courses in conversation and grammar, students also participate in courses such as Learning to Converse; Intro to the Russian Bible (incorporated into Learning to Converse for Level One or Basic students); Bible and Apologetics (Level Two). We also augment the curriculum with additional needs when desired, such as vocabulary for businessmen, among other areas.

Basic and Intermediate level online language courses will be available.^ 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.

The primary language texts include the following:

Russian: Golosa textbook series; A Practical Grammar with Exercises, Pulkina & Zakhava;

Russian for Believers by Marc T. Canner, and the Russian Bible.

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.


Please contact us for more information: (800) 799-7976;

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