Reach Out with English

Thirty hours of practical instruction on teaching English to adults in your church or community

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Join us for a 30-hour training called Reach Out with English (ROWE), and you will be much better equipped to start or improve your ESL/EFL program either here in the U.S. or overseas. For one-on-one tutoring or for teaching small groups or classes, this course can prepare you to make sound teaching decisions that will impact the lives of your students.

Who is the audience for this course?

ROWE is for those who have had little or no professional preparation in this area and those who want a refresher course that offers practical instruction for learning how to teach ESL/EFL to adults. No prior teaching experience or knowledge of linguistics is assumed.

What are the goals and objectives?

Our primary goal is to provide participants with a basic foundation in ESL/EFL classroom teaching and individual tutoring.

Participants will:

  • Make an existing ESL program more effective
  • Serve beginning through advanced learners
  • Teach various skill areas and multi-level classes
  • Explore new ways to teach in a cross-cultural setting
  • Determine students’ needs and assess their progress
  • Select textbooks, develop lessons and plan curriculum
  • Understand the role of Bible-based ESL
  • Locate resources for continued professional development

What is the format and timing?

This course is offered in different formats and locations throughout the year. The fall and spring courses have typically been spread over three weekends (Friday night and Saturday) with 10 hours of instruction each weekend. In the summer, ROWE is offered as a one-week intensive (M-F) in June. Fall and summer courses are offered in the Chicago area on the campus of Wheaton College. The spring course is offered off-site in cooperation with a sponsoring church or agency.

Is this course offered for credit?

This course can be taken for two hours of credit or for non-credit. (Credit enrollment is available for summer only. Course: INTR 694: Essentials of TESOL).

When is the next time the course will be offered?

Our summer 2017 ROWE class will be June 5 – 9, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. It will be a one-week intensive class (30 contact hours) on campus at Wheaton College.

Do participants receive a certificate?

Upon completion of the course, participants receive a certificate and a letter that lists the course content and other basic information.

Why should I choose this TESOL course?

With so many training courses available, including online options, you may be asking yourself why you should consider taking a closer look at Reach Out with English: Essentials of TESOL. Here are a few of the distinctives that set our TESOL course apart from the rest:

Course content

If you are looking for a few tools or techniques to place in your teaching bag of tricks, ROWE is not the course for you. However, if you are looking for a firm foundation on which to formulate your philosophy as an ESL teacher as well as gain practical ideas for creating a solid class or program, the 30 hours of training you receive will give you a good base to build on. The instructors are committed to preparing you for the demands of classroom teaching with various proficiency levels and also with different language skill areas such as listening, speaking, grammar and pronunciation.

Unique blend of teaching and ministry focus

ICCT instructors see teaching as ministry. A strong emphasis is given to the importance of credibility of witness through teaching excellence.

Quality teaching

All ROWE instructors are ICCT faculty with extensive teaching experience in the ESL classroom. They all have 10 or more years of experience working with language learners both in the classroom and in small group and individual learning situations.

Resources

Participants receive a course notebook with more than 300 pages of resources that address the course topics. In addition, they receive a flash drive with over 6,000 pages of practical articles, learning materials, and links to websites. These resources will continue to provide input for professional development long after the course is finished.

Enriching classroom discussions and peer networking

Participants come from a variety of backgrounds and have different work and cross-cultural experiences to share. Class discussions provide opportunities to learn from one another as well as learn from the instructors.

How much  is the cost?

See the Registration page for costs.

Do you have course information that can be emailed to others?

This one-page course description is suitable for emailing and for posting on a bulletin board.

ROWE 2017 course description (pdf).

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