Goals and Values

Goals

The program seeks to provide high-quality English language instruction that is informed by current philosophies of foreign language education.

  • An integrated skills approach to curriculum is used with the goal for students to gain communicative competence in English.
  • Teachers use a variety of pedagogical methods that promote learning through social interaction.
  • Classroom lessons are designed to promote student-centered learning.
  • Assessment measures reflect an orientation towards advocacy in regards to the students’ skills.
  • The administration, in cooperation with the faculty, seeks to continually upgrade materials and resources.

Our courses and faculty encourage students in a life-long love of learning and continuing education for personal and professional development.

  • English is an international language used around the world in a wide variety of settings and situations.
  • Individuals attend courses for personal academic growth, as well as to meet other learners.
  • Adult students bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom. Teachers attempt to capitalize on what they already know and challenge students to learn more.

As an administration and a faculty, we pursue an understanding of the learning needs and resources of the community to determine appropriate programming.

  • Administratively, we implement needs assessment research in the city to discover why people need/want English language classes.
  • We actively maintain positive contacts with English language teachers in the public schools.
  • We desire to openly converse with other English language programs for networking purposes.

Values

As a program administered by LCC International University, the English Language Institute adheres to the values of LCC.

  • We believe that a liberal arts education integrates learning with all aspects of life. Language learning is an important part of a liberal arts education. Foreign language education opens doors to new understandings of our global world. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills and engage in discussions of universal topics and ideas, as well as language related issues.
  • We affirm a Christian worldview that invites all people to grow in truth and restoration through the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. All LCC faculty portray Christian values and practices. LCC admits students regardless of religious orientation, color, creed, or class. However, English language classes are focused on language learning and not religious education. In no way does the program or its faculty seek to overtly promote religious or theological convictions. We recognize and respect the diversity of religious faiths of the students.
  • We value community as a safe place where people are respected and empowered so that their dignity is upheld. Language learning is difficult and personally challenging. Teachers attempt to create an atmosphere of mutual respect and support in the classroom where language learning is fostered in a healthy environment.
  • We pursue relationships that are mutual, authentic and based on trust. The faculty model and build relationships that are honest, cooperative, and faithful to their tasks and their students.
  • We celebrate diversity of culture and traditions, personalities and opinions. Sometimes in language classes, discussions are held in which there are diverse opinions. Teachers need to be aware of and sensitive to such issues. Teachers advocate that students learn positive listening skills and respect for others. Learning about our world community often involves developing a life-long sense of awareness and sensitivity.