English as a second language training expands at Cornerstone University

By October 27, 2005

USA (MNN) — A Christian University is providing the tools needed to help Christians develop the skills needed to lead English as a second language ministry anywhere in the world. It’s been six years since Cornerstone University started their English as a second language program and it’s already growing.

Professor Michael Pasquale explains the course offerings at CU. “We have an undergraduate minor in training teachers to teach English. We also have an Associates Degree in teaching English as a second language. And, so now, we’re adding the graduate component.”

The program is something that enables Christians access to areas of the world that would be closed otherwise. “Several countries don’t allow missionaries to come in as a missionary, but they do want teachers. So, to have credentials from a university that state that you have a degree in TESOL will give you credibility, will give you a reason, give you a visa to be able to go,” says Pasquale.

The new Masters Degree program is friendly to missionaries. He says, “During the school year, the courses will all be online, in a distance format. So, you could take those courses from anywhere across the globe, as long as you have internet access, but then we’ll have courses on campus in the summer for two weeks.”

If you’d like information about the program, go to http://www.cornerstone.edu/academics/tesl/tesl_prog/grad

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