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Second Language Acquisition Courses

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Online Courses for Second Language Acquisition

ICCT’s Second Language Acquisition (SLA) courses are designed to equip learners with the essential knowledge and skills they need to become a more efficient and effective language learner. We have courses that are applicable to someone with any proficiency level, learning situation, or language needs. These courses are helpful for a broad audience – whether you are just about to move overseas, have been living cross-culturally for years, or are generally interested in developing your language skills. We want to empower you to handle language of daily life and of heart-to-heart conversations so that you can be actively a part of your host community. Our approach is to teach you principles of language learning, coach you in pronunciation specific to your target language(s), and support you in creating a language learning plan.

What does an ICCT SLA course offer?

  • One-on-one instruction and video calls with an expert instructor (all have at least an M.A. in language acquisition, linguistics, and teaching language, as well as extensive experience serving in cross-cultural settings)
  • Individualization for your language learning needs
  • Focused time working on your target host language throughout the course 
  • Techniques for language learning to practice and use 
  • One-on-one instruction time with a language helper of your target host language
  • One-on-one pronunciation instruction from a skilled expert
  • Optional sessions for your family and children
  • Customized start dates and course schedules to fit your schedule
  • Affordable pricing and flexible payment plans

If you are unsure which course would be best suited for your language-learning needs, please schedule a free consultation with the ICCT Director. icct@wheaton.edu 

Register for an SLA Course

Course Descriptions

Our most popular Second Language Acquisition course is for individuals who plan to learn one or more new languages while living in a cross-cultural setting. Most are planning for significant use of the heart-language of the host community. It is usually offered six times each year (though we can adjust to your schedule as necessary) and consists of 15 sessions that can be taken at your desired pace. It's customized to meet individual needs and includes frequent one-on-one video calls with instructor(s) in each session. 

This Second Language Acquisition course for non-beginners is for those who already have an intermediate grasp of the language and want to develop the competence needed for deeper conversations in the language of the host community and more meaningful heart-language relationships. It is usually offered six times each year (though we can adjust to your schedule as necessary) and consists of 15 sessions that can be taken at your desired pace. It's customized to meet individual needs and includes frequent one-on-one video calls with instructor(s) in each session. 

This course is for beginning learners who need a basic grasp of the language for daily life activities. It is ideal for those who plan to serve 1-3 years and those who may serve longer but do not plan for significant heart-language ministry. It is usually offered six times each year (though we can adjust to your schedule as necessary), and consists of 15 sessions that can be taken at your desired pace. It's customized to meet individual needs, and includes frequent one-on-one video calls with instructor(s) in each session. 

Our Just-in-Time SLA Program (JIT) is designed to give you language support 'just in time' for your first year of cross-cultural service. For those who plan to serve full-time for long-term, this course begins with the 3-week Intro to Language Learning course* (listed above) followed by months of one-to-one coaching over video-call, and then an additional 15 sessions that are similar to an abbreviated version of the SLA for Continuing Learners course listed above. The three phases usually span your first year in full-time language learning.

*Starting January 2021, we will adjust the course to include SLA for Beginning or Continuing Learners instead of Intro to Language Learning (Phase 1). We believe that the more comprehensive Beginning and Continuing SLA courses will better equip you for an intense year of language learning.

Phase 1
15 sessions of online instruction for beginning learners who have been on the field no more than two months and pre-field learners who will begin language learning within a few weeks.

Phase 2
For 6-7 months of the language learning process, individual coaching by ICCT faculty via email and video-calls.

Phase 3
15 sessions (usually taking 3 weeks) of online instruction that is highly customized to meet each learner's individual needs.

Jump-Start SLA is a language learning course designed for people going overseas short-term (6 months - 1 year). In only a 6 hour course, we prepare people with basic knowledge on how to learn a new language while specifically targeting difficult pronunciation in their new language.

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Check out our FAQs

Still have questions about our SLA courses? The answers to these frequently asked questions may help! If your questions aren't answered here, please contact us at icct@wheaton.edu and our director will get back to you. 

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Student Testimonials

“The ins and outs of working with a language helper were extremely useful and practical, and it felt empowering to begin learning my new  language.” 

-former student

VIP Language Coaching

Have you already taken our courses but are interested in additional language coaching? Learn more about our VIP Language Coaching sessions where we provide you further accountability and language learning tips in a group setting.