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One-day ESL Workshops Overview

2 Formats: face-to-face at Wheaton College or online via Skype

Many have expressed their desire for more ESL training so that they can be better equipped to handle the challenges of teaching English to others, but sometimes obstacles such as cost and time commitment stand in the way. We believe that the one-day workshop format with two ways to participate opens up professional training options for people who need it.

This flexible format serves three main purposes:

  • Provides a convenient, low-cost option for additional ESL 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

Virtual Participation extends these benefits in several ways:

  • Individuals who live outside of the Chicago area can participate via an online platform
  • Eliminates travel or overnight housing costs

Register for an ESL workshop

Spring 2020 Workshops

Basics of ESL Teaching 102

Saturday, April 4th; 8:30am - 5:00pm *Now held virtually via Zoom

This workshop builds on the topics in the Basics 101 workshop and focuses on the critical area of teaching oral skills. Sessions include teaching conversation, pronunciation, and listening comprehension. 

Basics of ESL Teaching 103

Saturday, April 25th; 8:30am - 5:00pm *Now held virtually via Zoom

This is the final workshop in the Basics series. It focuses on a variety of topics including:

  • how to teach grammar to English learners
  • how to assess learners' progress
  • how to effectively teach literacy/ lower proficiency level learners
  • how to select effective materials that meet the needs of your learners. 

Work toward a 30-hour certificate

Each of these workshops may be combined with two other workshops for a 30-hour Reach Out with English (ROWE) certificate.

For those of you who take the Basics of ESL Teaching 101 in the fall, the two workshops offered in the spring will allow you to complete the 30-hour ROWE Certificate by summer once all homework assignments have been completed.

Workshop FAQs

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.

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 ICCT Associate Director of ESL and the main instructor for these workshops. She has over 25 years of ESL 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 specialize in providing training for novice teachers. Both have a passion to help participants gain the skills they need to be credible witnesses for Christ through their teaching.

The workshops can be taken in any order. Although we feel 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.

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.

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.