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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?

  • Individualization for your language learning needs
  • Focus on target language throughout the course
  • Techniques for language learning
  • Accountability for working with a language helper
  • One-on-one pronunciation coaching
  • Customized start dates and course schedules

If you are unsure which course would be best suited for your language-learning needs, please email us to set up a consultation with our 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. 

Course Dates

While we can schedule the start date and the course length to meet your individual needs, we also have six pre-planned starting dates available. Usually, we have two start dates in the Winter/ Spring, two in the Summer, and two in the Fall. Most learners take these courses over the span of six weeks. See our SLA registration page for this year's pre-planned course dates. 

Course Costs

Non-credit registration: $1100 per person ($1150 for registration within three weeks of starting date), plus materials, which are $40 for one person or $60 per couple, including shipment to an address within the U.S. There is an additional cost for mailing materials outside the U.S. For most participants, an additional expense will be paying a language helper (a native speaker of another language) for approximately ten hours of tutoring.

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. 

Course Dates

While we can schedule the start date and the course length to meet your individual needs, we also have six pre-planned starting dates available. We have several start dates in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Most learners take these courses over the span of six or 12 weeks. See our SLA registration page for this year's pre-planned course dates. 

Course Costs

Non-credit registration: $1100 per person ($1150 for registration within three weeks of starting date), plus materials, which are $40 for one person or $60 per couple, including shipment to an address within the U.S. There is an additional cost for mailing materials outside the U.S. For most participants an additional expense will be paying a language helper (a native speaker of another language) for approximately ten hours of tutoring.

 

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. 

Course Dates

While we can schedule the start date and the course length to meet your individual needs, we also have six pre-planned starting dates available. Usually, we have two start dates in the Winter/ Spring, two in the Summer, and two in the Fall. Most learners take these courses over the span of six weeks. See our SLA registration page for this year's pre-planned course dates.  

Course Costs

Non-credit only: $600 per person ($625 for registration within three weeks of starting date), which includes materials. In addition, you may work with a language helper (a native speaker of another language) for approximately 4-5 hours. This is not included in the course fee.

Our Just-in-Time SLA course (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.

Phase 1
15 sessions (usually taking 3 weeks) 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. Courses start upon request for groups of four or more, and on these dates:  

Course Dates

While we can schedule the start date and the course length to meet your individual needs, we also have six pre-planned starting dates available. Usually, we have two start dates in the Winter/ Spring, two in the Summer, and two in the Fall. Most learners take these courses over the span of six weeks. See our SLA registration page for this year's pre-planned course dates. 

Course Costs

$1400 per person ($1450 for registration within three weeks of starting date), which includes materials. In addition, you may work with a language helper (a native speaker of another language) for approximately 4-5 hours. This is not included in the course fee.

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.