Over half the population of the world lives under governments that restrict the entry of foreign religious workers. But when missionaries are not welcome, people with nation building skills—such as English teachers—are welcomed. For approximately 60 nations in the world, being a skilled worker is the major means of gaining entry. For 30 nations, it is the only means of entry. Whether or not you have any prior training in this area, TESOL is a course that will equip you with skills that can open many doors of opportunity in restricted access nations, and among our many multicultural neighbors.
There are two billion people all over the world right now learning the English language. It’s the most widely learned and sought after second language in the world. And that’s where you come in.
Because so many people want to learn English, most missionaries from North America find themselves teaching in classrooms at some point during their overseas ministry. A large number of YWAM’s ministries around the world use English classes as a tool for evangelism by building relationships in their communities. Many of YWAM Montana-Lakeside’s outreach teams spend at least part of their time teaching English to locals or university students, and most of those missionaries have never had any formal training as language teachers.
It’s because of this need for teachers that our TESOL program was created. This short course is designed to quickly and effectively train any English speaker as a fully certified English teacher. The certification given at Lakeside is also very unique to YWAM since our graduates are not only certified by YWAM’s University of the Nations but also receive a secular Certificate IV through a recognized training institute in Australia. It’s this second TESOL certification that unlocks many doors overseas, and many of our graduates have gone on to work in some of the hardest to reach nations on the planet.
All are welcome
Since there is no prerequisite for attending TESOL, this is a great course for any who are interested in YWAM but have not yet completed a Discipleship Training Course (DTS)—the two-part introductory course that is required before you attend most other YWAM schools. For many, however, their first introduction to the world of YWAM is through attending our TESOL. This course is a great way for anyone to experience life on a YWAM campus which is respected around the world, and to make invaluable connections with other missionaries you will first meet here before meeting them again overseas.
You will need to have a fairly good grasp of the English language in order to complete this course and its spoken and written requirements, however English does not have to be your first language and multilingual students are encouraged to apply to this course!
The most intensive, the most rewarding
There is no doubt that TESOL is one of the most intensive schools in all of YWAM. It is also one of the most rewarding, as it will give you an international certification and the practical skills needed to become an English teacher in any country on the mission field—and all of this in a few short action-packed months.
Our newly designed schedule consists of two evening lectures on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 pm to 9:30 pm. Students will join with other schools and meetings on campus for prayer and worship throughout the week, and all students at YWAM Montana-Lakeside participate in various work duties that support the campus and positively add to the learning environment. Any remaining time may be spent completing assignments, preparing lessons, planning for outreaches, and participating in optional focus workshops.
Saturday mornings will be dedicated to the Practicum—the section of the course that includes hands-on experience with many hours of realistic on-the-job practice teaching with English language learners from a variety of nations. In the Practicum, the TESOL student now becomes the teacher—applying all that he or she has learned during lectures and study.
Summer and Fall Outreaches
There are numerous opportunities in our Target Nations for you to teach English, build relationships, and transform communities through sharing your life and faith with others. For those who desire to go, we will be coordinating a few optional outreaches that are open to TESOL students who graduate from the course. Students may be able to complete their outreach as part of a team, or individually on their own. Outreach locations will be determined during the course and will be selected among the growing list of opportunities in our Target Nations and The Surge.
Completing an outreach is purely optional and not required to receive a TESOL certificate. These outreaches are not included in the listed price of the course, and an additional fee would be added depending on the outreach’s location and length. Contact your school leader, Cortnie, for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any students interested in joining an international outreach should plan for an additional $3000 minimum for each location, and students should bring any necessary travel documents with them to the course. If you have another outreach location on your heart that is not included in our list of Target Nations, then let us know as we would love to assist you in that mission as well. Our end goal is for more people to be connected, equipped, and sent to every nation.
TESOL & Mission Builders
This Spring we are offering a special opportunity for anyone interested in attending our TESOL course while serving as a “Mission Builder”—a full-time volunteer helping on our YWAM campus—at the same time. We have stretched our popular seminar into a three-month evening course (Monday and Wednesday evening classes, with practice teaching sessions on Saturday mornings), and by doing this we’ve made this upcoming TESOL course available to Mission Builders and our own YWAM staff. So come and experience life at YWAM Montana as a full-time volunteer, and spend the evenings side-by-side with our YWAM staff as we explore the world of English teaching in missions and prepare for whatever God is calling us toward, together. We look forward to serving—and learning—with you!
If serving the campus full-time as a Mission Builder, the cost of this year’s TESOL course will be significantly reduced for you (only $1,000 for both TESOL certificates and all necessary materials—a third of the normal price of the course). As a Mission Builder, you will be placed in a working environment that suits your abilities and meets some of the basic logistical needs of our campus. You will have the opportunity to work alongside our long-term YWAM staff and develop meaningful relationships while gaining insight into full-time service.
To learn more about this special opportunity, visit the Mission Builders International website. If you are interested in becoming a Mission Builder, apply online at their website and contact Donna at email@example.com and let her know you’re interested in participating in the Spring TESOL at YWAM Montana.