Becoming Equipped to Communicate (BEC) is a guided culture and language learning program designed to equip people to communicate fluently and at a deep level in cross-cultural situations. It employs sound and proven learning principles that are universally applicable. Learners will become a normal part of the life of the community, and will learn to function in their new community – to speak, to listen, to interact in natural ways and to take part in people’s lives. BEC is the English version of a culture and language learning program developed in 2005 in New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Its purpose is to equip people to communicate fluently and at a deep level in cross-cultural situations. BEC was produced by a team of developers based on their culture and language learning activities as they gained proficiency in a people group vernacular in Papua New Guinea. Although BEC was specifically written with a PNG community context in mind – requiring minimal dependence on technology and a straightforward, uncomplicated process for first and second generation literates – it employs sound and proven learning principles which are universally applicable.