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This release prepared by the Office of Public Relations and Marketing.
Rebecca Eidson, Director, 646-1507,
Lisa Garrett, Public Relations Associate, 646-1506,

Tri-County, IAEP to Offer Semester-Long English as a Second Language (TESOL/TEFL/TESL) Training and Certification Class in January

(By Lisa Garrett)

PENDLETON ---  Tri-County Technical College’s Corporate and Community Education Division will kick off the new year with its first-ever, semester-long English as a Second Language (TESOL/TEFL/TESL) training and certification class.

Tri-County has partnered with International American English Program (IAEP), a Greenville-based company that offers training to develop, equip and inspire intercultural educators to be interculturally effective.  The course, called Teacher to Teacher, will be taught by Bernell King Ingram, a certified professional teacher trainer and president and CEO of IAEP.
The class will begin January 25 and is designed for individuals who want to teach English to adults and children in a private setting in the U.S. or outside the U.S.  The class is not designed for public school educators, but meets the needs of corporate professionals, foreign residents, and those who want to tutor children in private homes and/or teach English in a foreign country.
The 100 hours of certification training include 60 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of practicum. Persons must be 18 years of age or older to enroll.
The course covers the principles of language teaching, motivation and interaction in the classroom, teaching across age and proficiency levels, evaluating special needs, assessment of language level and placement, cross cultural information and training, curriculum development and lesson planning, and getting a job and starting a business.  The ultimate goal of ESOL teachers is to help language learners to use grammar and vocabulary and to effectively relate, interact and communicate in the cultural context by knowing how, when and why to say what to whom, said Mrs. Ingram.  According to projection data from the National Employment Matrix, employment of adult literacy teachers is expected to grow by 14 percent by 2016.
“IAEP is different in that we offer in-depth intercultural effectiveness training in our curriculum,” said Mrs. Ingram, who has 10 years of experience with private and corporate intercultural training and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) for expatriate families, children and global executives around the world.   She also has six years of experience in teaching beginner Japanese. As defined by the Centre for Intercultural Learning of Canada,  an interculturally-effective person is someone who is able to live contentedly and work successfully in another culture, she said.
“We give personalized and localized assistance throughout the course, along with in-depth resources, such as lesson plans, games, activities and textbooks needed to teach.  When teachers get a teaching job abroad or in the U.S., most of the time the teacher is expected to be fully equipped with resources and able to teach immediately without preparation, curriculum or even assistance. Now, add to this a foreign country, culture, new environment and all the nuances that accompany. This can lead to stressors, ineffectiveness, frustration and a daunting experience,” said Mrs. Ingram.  “Our teachers develop a resource portfolio during the course and practicum that can serve as demonstration of their skills and experience in a job search and provide a tool box to begin teaching immediately,” she added.
Teaching the course with Mrs. Ingram will be Dr. Debra King, certified executive teacher trainer and a founder and program director of IAEP.  Dr. King has more than 26 years of classroom experience from early childhood to the post secondary level.  She holds a B. S. in elementary and special education, an M.Ed in special education – behavior disorder and a Ph. D. in educational psychology and an Ed. S. in learning disabilities.
Mrs. Ingram holds a B.A. in Japanese and International Trade and is a Professional Coaching Core Essentials graduate.
For more information about the course, go to or contact Bernell King Ingram at or 864-346-2845.  To register, call Tri-County’s Corporate and Community Education Division at 646-1700.