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 or 10-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: Currently all of our workshops and courses are being offered ONLINE ONLY via Zoom. There is a graduate credit option for the 1-week intensive summer Reach Out with English (ROWE) course.
All trainings now held ONLINE only
Due to ongoing challenges with COVID-19, Fall 2021 workshops will be 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 quality, engaging instruction!
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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 2022)
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 ESL Teaching 101, 102, and 103
- Essentials of Teaching Vocabulary 401
- Essentials of One-to-One ESL Teaching 402
"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