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One-Day TESOL Workshops

Spring 2018 brings continued growth in the TESOL program. We will continue to offer one-day workshops but with a New TwistVirtual Participation Option for Long-Distance Participants.

Many have expressed their desire for more TESOL training so that they can be better equipped to handle the challenges of teaching English to internationals, but sometimes obstacles such as cost and time commitment stand in the way. We believe that the one-day workshop format addresses these issues and opens up options for further professional training.

This new flexible format serves three main purposes:

  • Provides a convenient, low cost option for additional TESOL 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
  • No travel or overnight housing costs

Spring 2018 Workshops

Basics of ESL Teaching 102:
Saturday, April 7, 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 the 30-hour Reach Out with English (ROWE) certificate.

Basics 102 Course Description     Basics 102 Registration Form

Basics of ESL Teaching 103:
Saturday, April 28, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This workshop is the final one in the Basics series. It focuses on a variety of topics including 1) how to teach grammar to English language learners 2) how to assess learners’ progress 3) how to more 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 the 30-hour Reach Out with English (ROWE) certificate.

Basics 103 Course Description    Basics 103 Registration Form


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



Who is the audience for these workshops?

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.

Who are the instructors for these workshops?

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 TESOL Coordinator and main instructor for these workshops. She has over 25 years of TESOL 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.

Is there a particular order for the workshops?

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.

How do these one-day workshops fit together?

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.

Will I receive a certificate?

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.

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