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Institute for Cross-Cultural Training

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.

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:

2018: 

  • January 8 - February 16
  • March 12 - April 20
  • May 14 - June 22
  • June 25 - August 3
  • September 10 - October 19
  • October 29 - December 7

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 or 1-2 hours per day for twelve 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:

2018

  • January 8 
  • March 12 
  • May 14 
  • June 25 
  • September 10 
  • October 29 

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:

2018

  • January 8 – 26
  • March 12—30
  • May 14—June 1
  • June 25—July 13
  • September 10—28
  • October 29—November 16

For those who plan to serve four years or longer, this course begins with the 3-week Introduction to Language Learning course (listed above) followed by individual coaching, 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:

Phase 1: Three weeks of online instruction, requiring 3-4 hours per day, for beginning learners who have been on the field no more than about two months and pre-field learners who will begin language learning within a few weeks.

Phase 2: For 6-7 months of the language learning process, individual coaching by ICCT faculty via email and Skype.

Phase 3: Three weeks of online instruction, requiring 3-4 hours per day, that is highly customized to meet each learner's individual needs. Courses start upon request for groups of four or more, and on these dates:  

2018 Phase 1 dates:

  • January 8 – 26
  • March 12—30
  • May 14—June 1
  • June 25—July 13
  • September 10—28
  • October 29—November 16

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.

 

  • February 26 - March 30, 2018
  • May 7 - June 8, 2018
  • July 30 - August 31, 2018
  • October 15 - November 16, 2018

 

  • February 12 - March 16, 2018
  • May 14 - June 15, 2018
  • September 10 - October 12, 2018

 

 

  • April 2 - May 4, 2018
  • July 2 - August 3, 2018
  • October 29 - November 30, 2018

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.

  • Summer 2018: one-week intensive course (June 4 - 8)

 

  • Summer 2018: one-week intensive course (June 11 - 15)

 

  • Summer 2019: one-week intensive course (mid-June)

 

Each workshop provides eight hours of practical instruction on foundational topics for ESL/EFL teachers and volunteers. 

Basics 101 (offered in Fall 2017 and in the future) and our two Spring 2018 workshops, Basics 102 & 103, can be combined for a 30-hour Reach Out with English certificate.

  • Basics of ESL Teaching 102: April 7 
  • Basics of ESL Teaching 103: April 28 

 

CONNECT WITH ICCT

630-752-7950

 

Director

Natalie Mullen, Ph.D.
natalie.mullen@wheaton.edu
 

Associate Director of Online Learning

Lonna Dickerson, Ph.D. 
lonna.dickerson@wheaton.edu
 

Associate Director of TESOL

Dianne Dow
dianne.dow@wheaton.edu