Reach Out with English: Essentials of TESOL
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Thirty hours of practical instruction for learning how to teach ESL/EFL to adults
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is an amazing ministry tool—a bridge into the community and a way to express God’s love by meeting the real and felt needs of those who want to learn English. You want to have a vital and growing TESOL ministry. You want to reach out to the nations. The question is “How can you do this most effectively?”
ICCT has been offering quality TESOL courses for 22 years, and we can help you with your ESL/EFL teaching needs. 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.
Who is the audience for this 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 to adults. No prior teaching experience or knowledge of linguistics is assumed.
What are the goals and objectives?
Our primary goal is to provide participants with a basic foundation for getting started in ESL/EFL classroom teaching and individual tutoring.
- acquire essential knowledge and skills for starting or improving an ESL/EFL teaching ministry
- acquire a basic understanding of the English language from the ESL learner’s point of view
- learn how to plan instruction based upon students’ English-language needs
- learn how to select textbooks and supplementary materials
- learn practical teaching techniques and procedures
- become familiar with a range of resources (books, articles, websites, courses) for continued professional growth
What is the format and timing?
This course is offered in several different formats throughout the year and in several different locations. The fall and spring courses have typically been spread over three weekends (Friday night and Saturday) with 10 hours of instruction each weekend. In the summer, ROWE is offered as a one-week intensive (M-F) in May or June. Fall and summer courses are offered in the Chicago area on the campus of Wheaton College. The spring course is offered off-site in cooperation with a sponsoring church or agency.
Is this course offered for credit?
This course can be taken for two hours of credit or for non-credit. (Credit enrollment is available for summer only. Course: INTR 694: Essentials of TESOL).
Do participants receive a certificate?
Upon completion of the course, participants receive a certificate and a letter that lists the course content and other basic information.
Why should I choose this TESOL course?
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: Essentials of TESOL. Here are a few of the distinctives that set our TESOL course apart from the rest:
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.
- Unique blend of teaching and ministry focus
ICCT instructors see teaching as ministry. A strong emphasis is given to the importance of credibility of witness through teaching excellence.
All ROWE instructors are ICCT faculty with extensive teaching experience in the ESL classroom. They all have 10 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 three CDs 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.
The cost of ESL training varies greatly as does the quality. ICCT has a history of offering high-quality training at the most affordable price possible. There are few other programs, if any, which provide the number of hours and the in-depth course content for a comparable price. Perhaps the best way to judge whether the cost is justified is to read what past students have said about this program.