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One-day ESL Workshops Overview

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

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.

*NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the Spring 2021 workshops and the Summer 2021 1-week intensives will be offered online only via Zoom. 

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

One-Day ESL Workshops Overview

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, SPRING 2021 workshops will be offered online only via Zoom. 

Spring 2021 One-Day Workshops

Each workshop provides eight hours of practical instruction on foundational topics for ESL/EFL teachers and volunteers. Basics 101 (offered in the fall), Basics 102, and Basics 103 can be combined for a 30-hour Reach Out with English (ROWE) certificate.

  • Basics of ESL Teaching 102: March 20, 2021
  • Basics of ESL Teaching 103: April 24, 2021

Basics of ESL Teaching 102—Saturday, March 20, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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.  It can be combined with two other workshops (Basics of ESL Teaching 101 and Basics of ESL Teaching 103) for a 30-hour Reach Out with English (ROWE) certificate. 

Basics 102 Description

Basics 102 Registration Form


Basics of ESL Teaching 103—Saturday, April 24, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

This is the final workshop in the Basics series. It focuses on a variety of topics including 1) how to teach grammar to ELLs 2) how to assess learners’ progress 3) how to effectively teach literacy / lower proficiency level learners and 4) how to select effective materials that meet the needs of your learners. It can be combined with two other workshops (Basics of ESL Teaching 101 and Basics of ESL Teaching 102) for a 30-hour Reach Out with English (ROWE) certificate.

Basics 103 Description

Basics 103 Registration Form 


Work toward a 30-hour certificate

Basics of ESL Teaching 101, 102, and 103 may be combined together for a 30-hour Reach Out with English (ROWE) certificate.


Workshop FAQs

The Basic Series of workshops (101, 102, and 103) allows 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 30 years of ESL teaching experience and runs her own business serving international corporate clients and their families.
  • Mary Cerutti has over 15 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.