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30-Hour ESL Teaching Certificate

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ROWE Course Overview

30 hours of practical instruction on teaching English to people in your community.

Join us for a 30-hour training called Reach Out with English (ROWE), and you will be much better equipped to start or improve your ESL/EFL program either here in the U.S. or overseas. For one-on-one tutoring or for teaching small groups or classes, this course can prepare you to make sound teaching decisions that will impact the lives of your students.

Certificate options

  • Week-long summer intensive certificate
    Reach Out with English (ROWE) will be offered June 6-10, 2022.

    Note: Summer 2022 1-week intensives will be offered ONLINE via Zoom. Determination about a face-to-face option is pending.

  • Basics Workshop Series
    Complete the 30-hour ROWE certificate by completing a series of 10-hour workshops: Basics 101, 102 & 103.

Course Goals

  • Make an existing ESL program more effective
  • Serve beginning through advanced learners
  • Teach various skill areas and multi-level classes
  • Explore new ways to teach in a cross-cultural setting
  • Determine students’ needs and assess their progress
  • Select textbooks, develop lessons and plan curriculum
  • Understand the role of Bible-based ESL
  • Locate resources for continued professional development

Register for an ESL course


ROWE is for those who have had little or no professional preparation in this area and those who want a refresher course that offers practical instruction for learning how to teach ESL/EFL (with a particular focus on teaching adults). No prior teaching experience or knowledge of linguistics is assumed.

With so many training courses available, including online options, you may be asking yourself why you should consider taking a closer look at Reach Out with English (ROWE). Here are a few of the distinctives that set our TESOL course apart from the rest:

Course content
If you are looking for a few tools or techniques to place in your teaching bag of tricks, ROWE is not the course for you. However, if you are looking for a firm foundation on which to formulate your philosophy as an ESL teacher as well as gain practical ideas for creating a solid class or program, the 30 hours of training you receive will give you a good base to build on. The instructors are committed to preparing you for the demands of classroom teaching with various proficiency levels and also with different language skill areas such as listening, speaking, grammar and pronunciation.

A unique blend of teaching and ministry focus
ICCT instructors see teaching as a ministry. A strong emphasis is given to the importance of the credibility of witness through teaching excellence.

Quality teaching
All ROWE instructors are ICCT faculty with extensive teaching experience in the ESL classroom. They all have 15 or more years of experience working with language learners both in the classroom and in small group and individual learning situations.

Participants receive a course notebook with more than 300 pages of resources that address the course topics. In addition, they receive access to a Dropbox folder with over 6,000 pages of practical articles, learning materials, and links to websites. These resources will continue to provide input for professional development long after the course is finished.

Enriching classroom discussions and peer networking
Participants come from a variety of backgrounds and have different work and cross-cultural experiences to share. Class discussions provide opportunities to learn from one another as well as learn from the instructors.

This course is offered in several formats and locations throughout the year. Our newest format combines three Saturday workshops (Basics 101, 102, and 103) for 24 in-class hours plus 6 hours of out-of-class application homework. ROWE can also be taken in the summer as a one-week intensive (M-F) in June. One-Day Workshops and summer courses are typically offered in the Chicago area on the campus of Wheaton College. However, all ROWE formats are also offered online via Zoom. Off-site trainings are possible in cooperation with a sponsoring church or agency.

Yes, there are!—We understand that sometimes it’s not possible to participate in person. You might live overseas or your life responsibilities or family situation may make it difficult to be gone from home for a week. Perhaps cost of travel and lodging would be prohibitive. So…we’re offering an online option. You would participate in the class in real time via Zoom.

This course can be taken for two hours of graduate credit or for non-credit. Note: Credit enrollment is available for summer only. The credit course is LING 601: Intro to TEFL Methodology. 

Our Summer 2022 ROWE class will be June 6-10, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. M-F. It will be a one-week intensive class (30 contact hours) offered only via Zoom. Determination about a face-to-face option on the Wheaton College campus is pending.

Upon completion of the course, participants receive a 30-hour certificate as well as a letter that lists the course content and other basic information.

Note: Course Costs for Summer 2022 will be available in January 2022.

Course Cost for Summer 2021

ROWE before May 24 $375
ROWE after May 24 $425
ROWE + Pronunciation before May 24 $650

Housing and Meal Costs (Not applicable Summer 2021--Online only)
On-campus apartments, usually shared with one other person, are available.

ROWE only June 7-11: 5-night stay $200
ROWE + Pronunciation June 7-18: 12-night stay $445

Lunches-only meal plan (Monday through Friday) for $40/ week.

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