This course is part of the Humanities & International Studies from the University of the Nations Colleges and Centres.



Do you want to develop cross-cultural skills and improve your English from the comfort of your own home? The English and Cultural Orientation (ECO) Online exists to do just that. The ECO Online offers quality instruction in the English language while also exploring God’s heart for the many rich and diverse cultures around the world. Whether your calling is into missions or into the spheres of society, this school will help prepare you to work cross-culturally and communicate in English.

This school is open to those of every nation and language and offers elementary and intermediate English language tracks, depending on your level of experience. You will be able to experience interaction with students and staff from nations all over the world. Classes will be held 3 times per week, and in between you will have a one-on-one conversational partner who is a fluent English speaker to practice and dialogue with, as well as a small group with other students and program staff. We will also use various modalities of learning to enrich experience – audio, video, reading, and live instruction will all be part of the program, as well as many opportunities to practice speaking with others. 

In addition to developing your English skills (listening, speaking and writing) ECO Online includes teaching on the following topics:


  • What is culture?
  • Know your own culture: hot vs. cold
  • The gospel and culture
  • Entering another culture
  • Acceptance and trust
  • Social skills
  • Understanding other faiths
  • Cross-cultural communication: listening and being heard
  • Tensions and difficulties: overcoming barriers
  • Culture shock


This course includes approximately 6 hours of teaching per week, plus further time for homework, projects, small group meetings and individual conversation time.

If you would like help completing our application form please contact us at At this time we have application forms in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean and Mandarin available for you to use upon request.


Damares Carvalho

Damares Carvalho


My name is Damares. If I would have to define myself I would say I am a facilitator, a bridge. I love my family and spending time with them. I love people and I love to learn about them. I am Brazilian and one of my passions is to understand and celebrate different cultures. To be part of this training is a great pleasure, since I have the chance to go deeper in the knowledge of different nations



Date:  3 May – 11 June 2021

Cost: £130


If you have any questions regarding this school, please email:

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