Language Learning Principles Part II (2 credit hours)
A major part of language learning is learning the cultural context in which the language is spoken. The cultural context determines the meaning of words; thus, a language learner knows only part of a language if he only knows the grammatical part. Cultural Anthropology, or Ethnology, teaches the missionary a method for learning the people’s culture (way of life) and is very important for effective communication.
Culture studies also help the missionary adapt to the many culture shocks and jolts that he experiences as an outsider. This allows him to adjust to a foreign culture, and helps him understand the way the people view their world. Culture shock is real, but it is often not recognized by missionaries. The BBTI student is taught to recognize and deal with it.