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Teaching English as a Second Language

Teaching English as  Second Language (ESL), also known as TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages), is an amazing ministry tool—a bridge into the community and a way to express God’s love by meeting the needs of those who want to learn English. Whether you are involved in an ESL ministry in your local community or abroad, the question is “How can you do this most effectively?” 

The Institute for Cross-Cultural Training (ICCT) offers several courses and workshops for teachers of ESL. Our one-day workshops (each an 8-hour certificate), highlight foundational methodology and specific skills for ESL teachers. We also have three ESL teaching courses, (each a 30-hour certificate), that are designed to meet the practical needs of English teachers and volunteers who have had little or no practical training. Although these courses can be taken in any order, we suggest beginning with our basics of ESL teaching course that we call "Reach Out with English."

Note: All of our courses/ workshops can be taken face-to-face on campus or virtually. Some also may be optionally taken for graduate credit.

All trainings now held ONLINE only

Due to the COIVD-19 Pandemic, all one-week TESOL courses this Summer are in an online format only. We will be holding them via Zoom. While we would prefer a face-to-face format, we are committed to providing you with a quality, engaging instruction!

Please email us at icct@wheaton.edu if you have specific questions.  

Register for an ESL course or workshop

ESL Teaching Courses and Workshops

“Reach Out with English” (ROWE) 30-hour certificate

This course provides a basic foundation in teaching the English language including topics such as lesson planning, ESL methods, and curriculum. It fulfills a 30-hour certificate and may be optionally taken for graduate credit.  While we run the course on campus, it may also be taken virtually.

  • Offered as a one-week intensive course every June.

This course provides a foundational understanding of the English grammar system and equips participants with the skills necessary to introduce grammatical concepts to their English learners in clear, uncomplicated ways. It fulfills a 30-hour certificate but is for non-credit only.  While we run the course on campus, it may also be taken virtually.

  • Offered as a one-week intensive course every other summer. (Summer 2020)

This course provides a foundational understanding of the English pronunciation system and equips participants with the skills necessary to diagnose pronunciation errors and assist learners in improving their listening and production of the various elements of English pronunciation. It fulfills a 30-hour certificate but is for non-credit only. While we run the course on campus, it may also be taken virtually.

  • Offered as a one-week intensive course every other summer. (Summer 2021)

Each workshop provides 8 hours of practical instruction on foundational topics for English language teachers and volunteers. Basics 101, Basics 102, and Basics 103 can be combined for a 30-hour TESOL certificate that we call “Reach out with English” (ROWE).  Our courses may also be taken virtually. While we offer each of the Basics workshops yearly, our other workshop options vary year-to-year to provide teachers with new, ongoing professional development.

  • Basics of English language teaching 101, 102, and 103
  • Essentials of One-to-One ESL Teaching 402
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"What a huge boost ROWE has given us as a program! With 24 teachers from our team attending this rich equipping seminar, our program has a new and united vision to reach for together!”

- Former Participant