Clipped From Idaho State Journal
PdfjÂ« 14-Sodioii'C- Idaho Stole Journal POCATliLLO, IDAHO; FRIDAY, JULY !, 1071 11 HOURS A DAY Mission language training intensive By BETTY HALE Journal Church Correspondent Each year more lhan 2,000 LDS youth 19-22 must learn a totally new foreign language when they are sent lo servo In foreign missions, and a new, intensive eight-week course is providing a foundation heretofore unavailable. In the past, the missionaries required Ihe flrsl six months to master enough of the language to be useful, and this, say officials, wasted much valuable lime. Establishment of the LDS Language Training Schools is there- suit of a search for a better and faster method of teaching the language to youth. Missionaries learning Spanish, Portuguese, Gorman, Navaho, French, Italian, and Afrikaans attend the language training mission at BYU In Provo, Utah. The Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, and Norwegian languages are taught at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. At the Church College in Laic, Hawaiian missionaries study Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Samoan, Tonga, Korean and Tahitian. Talking to missionaries who liave been at the language training mission for only four weeks can be frustrating because in every conversation from the time they arise until they retire they arÂ» asked to think and Studying language retention by discussion, repeating drills aloud in sitting and Over 300 LDS missionaries will train in Ricks College classrooms under language in- instructors like Elder Frank L. VanderSloot and other teachers and returned elders this year. Pictured are, from left, Eldars David F. Stewart (behind filing cabinet), Jeffery H. Summers, Wallace G. Baker, B. Kesler Armstrong, Steven F. Hepworth, Brian L. Stinson, Jerry V. Soolen, John G. Jongejan, Val W. Dawson, Richard K. Jones. Not pictured is Elder Andrew G. Mortensen. The group is preparing for a Netherlands mission. instructed to write letters only on Saturday--diversion day and guages of Holland, Sweden, Denmark, ton said. "Work on the Scriptures also Is emphasized."