Institute for Cross-Cultural Training

The Institute for Cross-Cultural Training (ICCT) equips individuals called to global mission fields with skills for learning another language and culture and prepares them for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

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Through on-campus and online courses, special workshops, publications and consulting, we focus on these three key areas:

  • Skills for learning a new language
  • Practical help for those who work with on-field language and culture learners
  • Preparation for teaching English to speakers of other languages

Online Courses for Learning a Second Language

Our four ICCT fully online SLA courses prepare pre-field and on-field personnel to become more effective and efficient language learners regardless of learning methods – attending a language school, working with a tutor, independent learning, or a combination of approaches.

Second Language Acquisition for Beginning Learners

Our most popular SLA course is for individuals who plan to learn one or more new languages while living in a cross-cultural setting. Most are planning for significant use of the heart-language of the host community. Offered six times each year, and requires approximately 3-4 hours per day for six weeks. Customized to meet individual needs, and includes frequent one-on-one Skype interaction with instructor(s). Flexible scheduling for those with other commitments. Courses start on these dates:

  • 2017: May 15, June 26, September 11, October 30

Second Language Acquisition for Continuing Learners

This SLA course for non-beginners is for those who already have an intermediate grasp of the language and want to develop the competence needed for deeper conversations in the language of the host community and more meaningful heart-language relationships. Offered six times each year, and requires approximately 3-4 hours per day for six weeks. Highly customized to meet individual needs, and includes frequent one-on-one Skype interaction with instructor(s). Flexible scheduling for those with other commitments. Courses start on these dates:

  • 2017: May 15, June 26, September 11, October 30

Introduction to Language Learning

This course is for beginning learners who need a basic grasp of the language for daily life activities. It is ideal for those who plan to serve 1-3 years and those who may serve longer but do not plan for significant heart-language ministry. Offered multiple times each year, and requires approximately 3-4 hours per day for three weeks, or 1.5-2 hours per day for six weeks. Customized to meet individual needs, and includes frequent one-on-one Skype interaction with instructor(s). Courses start on these dates, and upon request:

  • 2017: April 17, May 15,  June 12, July 10, September 25, October 30

Just-in-Time SLA for Beginning Learners

For pre-field and on-field personnel who plan to serve four years or longer, this course begins with the 3-week Introduction to Language Learning course (listed above) followed by about six months of individual coaching during the language learning process, and then an additional 3-week course that is similar to an abbreviated version of the SLA for Continuing Learners course (listed above). The three phases usually span about 7-9 months. Courses start on these dates, and upon request:

  • 2017: April 17, May 15,  June 12, July 10, September 25, October 30

Online Courses for Language Coaches

These non-credit courses equip coaches with practical preparation for helping their on-field personnel to be more successful language and culture learners. We currently offer three five-week courses, each addressing a key topic for language coaches.

Foundations of Language Coaching

  • May 8 - June 9, 2017
  • September 11 - October 13, 2017
  • November 13 - December 15, 2017

Listen Up and Speak Out: Helping Learners Develop Oral Skills

  • October 30 - December 1, 2017

Learner Assessment

  • May 15 - June 16, 2017
  • July 3 - August 4, 2017
  • September 18 - October 20, 2017

On-Campus TESOL Courses and Workshops

These very practical training events meet the needs of ESL/EFL teachers and volunteers who have had little or no training for teaching English.

Reach Out with English (ROWE)

  • Summer 2017: one-week intensive course (June 5 - 8)

Essentials of teaching English Pronunciation

  • Summer 2017: one-week intensive course (June 12 - 16)

Essentials of Teaching ESL Grammar

  • Summer 2018: one-week intensive course (mid-June)

Spring 2017 One-Day TESOL Workshops

Each workshop provides eight hours of practical instruction on foundational topics for ESL/EFL teachers and volunteers. Along with Basics 101, these two workshops can be combined for a 30-hour Reach Out with English certificate.

  • Basics of ESL Teaching 102 (Saturday, March 25, 2017)
  • Basics of ESL Teaching 103 (Saturday, April 29, 2017)

 



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