EAC—English for Adults & Children


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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-What is EAC?
A-EAC is a missions organization that exists to help fulfill the Great Commission by equipping and empowering national church leaders, educators and missionaries to reach their nations for Christ using the English language. Our mission is to provide training and resources for church leaders, educators and missionaries around the world and to raise up teams of trainers and establish bases in 12 areas of the world to train others to teach English in schools and outreach ministries using Bible-based curriculum and strategies.

-What is EAC’s Statement of Faith?
A-We believe in the full inerrancy of Scripture; in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; in the virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, physical resurrection, and visible, personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ; in salvation by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ; in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit expressed in His fruit, gifts, and power; in New Testament evangelism, consecrated Christian living, the local church, the ministry of reconciliation and the urgency of fulfilling the Great Commission.

-How did EAC originate?
A-EAC started as a big vision in the heart and mind of Penny Hiller as she taught ESL in elementary school by day, taught English to adults at night and trained tutors in the US to teach ESL on the weekends and trained tutors overseas during the summers in the 1990s. God planted a love for the nations in her heart, and she realized she could serve the nations by training inadequately trained teachers and train new tutors to teach English in an interactive way that would help students remember what they learned, enjoy doing it, and learn about the love of Jesus at the same time. One national teacher put it this way, “God connected me with Penny even before I knew I would desperately need her help and guidance. I can see how my teaching is getting more fun for my students and how I can incorporate Kingdom principles and Bible into my teaching. I have started to develop into a true Christian school teacher!!”

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Q-Who are EAC’s partners?
A- EAC partners with churches and individuals around the world who carry a vision for fulfilling the Great Commission through training national church leaders, teachers and missionaries around the world to reach the lost through Bible-based English. Many partners support EAC financially, while others are strategic prayer partners and others are a network of like-hearted teachers, ministry leaders and businessmen who team with EAC to equip national church leaders and teachers through EAC workshops, institutes and conferences. This network of individuals helps plan, train at, and underwrite the cost of conducting workshops and conferences around the world.

Q-How is EAC funded?
A-EAC is a registered 501c3 organization that is funded by the contributions of individuals, churches, and corporate donors.

Q-How is EAC strategic in its ministry?
A-English has become the world language and is desired by people around the globe. EAC believes God has given us an evangelistic tool to reach these people desiring to learn English as their 2nd, 3rd and often 4th language. EAC is dedicated to strategically training Christian leaders, educators and missionaries around the world, particularly in 2nd and 3rd world countries, so that they are equipped to be agents of change in their nations and surrounding nations.

Q-Who are national leaders and educators?
A-National church leaders are those people worldwide God has touched to start an English outreach reach their nation for Christ and have a passion to reach them using English as an evangelistic tool. These may include pastors and/or their wives, leaders in the church, teachers, or others who have been recognized as having Godly character and have an aptitude for teaching, but not necessarily in public schools.

Educators are those who are serving their nation in the school system in positions of director or principal, teacher, teacher’s aide or similar positions. These are marketplace workers who have been trained at a university or in the school setting itself and wish to have more training as well as learn how to incorporate Bible stories, scripture and songs as well as stories with kingdom principles into the school’s mandated curriculum

Q-What is Bible-based curriculum?
A-EAC develops curricula, or courses, that teach English and also includes Bible material that relates to the theme of each lesson. Lessons include scripture, songs and/or Bible stories

Q-How do I become a tutor?
A- To become a tutor one must attend a 20-hour Tutor Training Workshop. A tutor does not need to be a trained teacher or a grammarian but needs to: 1-have a passion to serve the Lord 2-desire to share the Good News and disciple others 3-desire to help non-English speakers learn to communicate and think in English 4-be fluent in the English language 5-have an aptitude for teaching 6-be open to other cultures and new teaching strategies 7-attend a Tutor Training Workshop

She also saw that most teachers had few resources and were thrilled to not only receive them but to also learn how to make simple, inexpensive activities for their classes. She saw how a ministry of teams of trainers traveling worldwide to train and equip nationals to teach their own people and become trainers themselves would rapidly expand the kingdom and be more cost-effective and culturally sensitive. So in 2004 she formed EAC—English for Adults & Children to empower national leaders to reach their countries with the Christian message.

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-Does EAC have training for teachers and educators?
A-EAC trains and equips educators (teachers, aides, principals) around the world to incorporate kingdom principles and the Word of God into their curriculum and daily living. The Story Approach is used in the classroom to teach students how to not only communicate orally, read and write in English, but also think in English, to predict outcomes, draw conclusions and make generalizations.

-How do I become a trainer?
A-To become an EAC trainer one must attend a Tudor Training Workshop and a Story Approach Workshop or an EASEL Institute. Workshop and institute participants will have the opportunity to apply for internships with EAC to become trainers.

-What is an EAC training and what does it include?
A-Training workshops and conferences are conducted worldwide. There are several EAC training formats:
     1—a Tutor Training Workshop for adult and teen outreach ministries
     2—a Story Approach Workshop for educators
     3—an EASEL Institute, which is a combination of the tutor and educator workshops
     4emPower Conference for tutors and teachers
     5—Teacher In-service training for continuing education hours

A Tutor Training Workshop for adult and teen outreach ministries is a 20-hour interactive training workshop. It will prepare a new tutor to teach English using our Connection Series and to use interactive strategies, such as games and activities. Practice teaching sessions are included in order for the new tutors to be able to begin their English outreach immediately following the workshop

A Story Approach Workshop for educators is a 20-hour interactive training workshop to learn the techniques of the Story Approach. It will prepare an educator (teacher, aide, principal/director) to teach English, and even other languages, using stories— Bible stories or ones with kingdom principles. Training sessions normally include teaching and mentoring time in the classroom. Participants will learn how to incorporate Bible stories and those with kingdom principles, songs and activities into their required curriculum.

An EASEL Institute is a 2-week interactive training to prepare a participant to be able to start a teen and adult English outreach class and use the Story Approach to teach K-12th grade. It is also appropriate for adult classes under certain circumstances. A modified Story Approach is used in our curriculum for teens and adults.

An emPower Conference is a 3-day empowering conference for tutors and educators filled with times for spiritual refreshing, personal encouragement, workshops for activities and strategies, and group fellowship with colleagues all accomplished in English in order to strengthen and increase English abilities and vocabulary.

A Teacher In-service training is a workshop for educators to obtain necessary continuing education hours as well as to learn new strategies, games and activities. In-service workshops will be structured according to the individual needs of a school or specific group of teachers

-What does an EAC short-term trip consist of? Who can participate?
A-Short-term trips, or missions trips, serve several purposes, all of which will enable, equip, and empower nationals and missionaries to become agents of change in their nations. A short-term trip can be to conduct a Tutor Training Workshop, a Story Approach Workshop, an EASEL Institute, an emPower conference, a teacher in-service, an English camp or a combination of two or three. Each trip is different as each trip is designed to meet the needs of the nationals. Training for some teams will be in the US but for most it will be on the field as the main purpose is to train and equip nationals and missionaries on the field. All participants are highly screened.

 All applicants for a short-term trip must be 18 years of age, complete a lengthy application with references, be a participating member of a church and come highly recommended as a person with Godly character and a servant’s heart.

-What is the Story Approach?
A-It is an interactive, whole language approach to language learning which:
     1— provides a reading or an ESL/EFL program with an innovative, intensive approach designed to develop proficiency in
           listening, speaking, reading, and writing
     2— enables the teacher to stay focused, consistent and structured
     3— provides the student with the ability to use proper word order, which results in understandable communication;
     4— teaches the student how to think in the language being taught as well as the student’s own language
     5— teaches the student how to listen and comprehend, speak, read and write in the language being taught;
     6— provides an opportunity, a safe environment, for students to examine moral issues and determine how to apply what they
           learn to their lives
     7— uses stories, parables, and fables to convey Kingdom/ Biblical principles 

Q-How does EAC decide where to conduct workshops, conferences, and camps?
A-The ministry of EAC is based on relationship. We will never conduct a workshop, conference or camp in a nation without an invitation from a trusted pastor, educator or missionary in that nation who is willing to participate in the planning and implementation of the event. Prayer goes into the scheduling of every event.
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