Starting Monday the entire week was dedicated to language acquisition. Nancy Craig taught the group about the concept of linguistics and language learning. There were lots of practical lessons and each missionary even started the process of learning a new language. Linguistics is very different than language learning and is a very useful skill for a missionary.
Mike and Erin participated in several presentations and panels about their experiences learning languages on the mission field. In addition, Mike delivered a sermon to the group on the topic of missionary suffering.
With the entire week dedicated to language acquisition, the new missionaries were exhausted in the end. Language study is intellectually draining.