One-Day TESOL Workshops

This spring brings continued growth in the TESOL program. The fall workshops were a big success, and ICCT is excited to present two additional one-day TESOL workshops.



Many have expressed their desire for more TESOL training so that they can be better equipped to handle the challenges of teaching English to internationals, but sometimes obstacles such as cost and time commitment stand in the way. We believe that this new format addresses these issues and opens up options for further professional training.

This new flexible format serves three main purposes:

  • Provides a convenient, low cost option for additional TESOL training
  • Offers the option of combining select one-day workshops into the ROWE 30-hour certificate
  • Gives past ICCT participants an opportunity to continue growing professionally

Spring 2017 Workshops

    Basics of ESL Teaching 102:
    Saturday, March 25, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    This workshop builds on the topics in the Basics 101 workshop and focuses on two specific areas that are important for effective ESL teaching: teaching oral skills (speaking / conversation and pronunciation) as well as teaching literacy / lower proficiency-level learners.  It can be combined with two other workshops (Basics of ESL Teaching 101 and Basics of ESL Teaching 103) for a 30-hour Reach Out with English (ROWE) certificate.

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    Basics of ESL Teaching 103:
    Saturday, April 29, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    This is the final workshop in the Basics series. It focuses on a variety of topics including 1) how to teach grammar and listening, 2) how to select effective materials that meet the needs of your learners, and 3) how to assess learners' progress. It can be combined with two other workshops (Basics of ESL Teaching 101 and Basics of ESL Teaching 102) for a 30-hour Reach Out with English (ROWE) certificate.

    One-page course description    Registration form


Who is the audience for these workshops?

These workshops are designed with two audiences in mind. The basic workshops (101, 102, and 103) allow those who have never attended one of our 30-hour courses to get the equivalent input to Reach Out with English (ROWE) and put these three workshops together for a basic 30-hour certificate.

The 400-level workshops offer new topics that we have not addressed before. They are open to novice teachers as well as those who are more experienced. In particular, we want to provide new topics so that past ICCT participants can continue to grow in their knowledge base and skills as they experience new areas of learning.  

Who are the instructors for these workshops?

All workshop instructors are ICCT faculty with extensive teacher training experience as well as ESL teaching experience in a variety of settings including the classroom, small groups, and individual learning situations.

  • Dianne Dow is the TESOL Coordinator and main instructor for most workshops. She has over 25 years of TESOL teaching experience and runs her own business serving international corporate clients and their families.
  • Mary Cerutti has over 10 years of experience teaching in a variety of settings from classroom to private tutoring to hosting conversation clubs in her home.

Dianne and Mary have been regular presenters at the ESL Ministry Conference held each year at Moody Bible Institute or Wheaton College, and for the past two years they have been the instructors for the special track for novice teachers. Both have a passion to help participants gain the skills they need to be credible witnesses for Christ through their teaching.

Is there a particular order for the workshops?

The workshops can be taken in any order. Although we believe it would be advantageous to have the Basics of ESL Teaching 101 first since it provides so many foundational principles, it is not a prerequisite for Basics of ESL Teaching 102 or 103. Likewise, participants can take the 400-level elective workshops in any order or while completing the Basics of ESL Teaching 101, 102, 103 sequence.

How do these one-day workshops fit together?

It is important to look at the numbering of the workshops. In order to receive a 30-hour ROWE certificate, you must take Basics of ESL Teaching 101, 102, and 103. These can be taken in any order, and these three sessions are equivalent to the 1-week intensive summer course.

The 400-level workshops are electives focusing on specific topics. For participants who have received a 30-hour ROWE certificate, these electives can provide additional hours toward a higher-level certificate (60-hour, 100-hour, etc.)

What are some 400-level workshops you are thinking of offering?

We have not planned to offer specific topics at this point, but possible topics include the following:

  • Private Tutoring / Teaching Individuals or Small Groups
  • Teaching Reading
  • Teaching Writing
  • Teaching Academic Skills
  • Teaching Lower-Level Proficiency Students
  • Developing Literacy Skills
  • Teaching Business English
  • TOEFL Preparation
  • Curriculum Development / Materials Selection
  • Basics of Starting a Program

Will I receive a certificate?

Participants are awarded a certificate upon completion of each workshop. Our plan is to keep track of course and workshop enrollment in order to then combine training hours into more substantive certificates that account for total hours of ICCT training completed.

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