Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

We are looking for anyone who feels called to teach English as a ministry to join our community of passionate teachers-in-training at TESOL. Whether or not you have any prior training or experience as a teacher, TESOL is a course that will give you the practical skills needed to become a language teacher in any country on the mission field. It is backed by an internationally recognized certification that can open many doors of opportunity, both in limited-access nations overseas and among the multicultural neighbors near your front door. Whether you’re looking to support yourself with a paid job overseas, or if you want to gain practical skills before your next missions trip, or if you desire to start an English ministry in your hometown—TESOL will be an unforgettable learning experience, and all of this in a few short action-packed months.


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.


Since there is no prerequisite for attending TESOL, this is a great course for anyone who is interested in YWAM but has not yet completed a Discipleship Training Course (DTS)—the introductory course that is required before you attend most other YWAM schools. For many, their 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 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!


Upcoming Schools

  • Spring 2020

    • Start Date:04/06/20
    • End Date:06/12/20
    • Total Cost:USD 5,250
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The "Apply By Dates" are dates that are generated by your nationality and our estimation of time needed to properly process and acquire all the materials necessary for any student to attend one of our schools. If you have questions about your country specific apply by date, please feel free to email our Admissions Office at [email protected]



Weekly Schedule

Our schedule consists of classes and activities Monday through Friday. 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. Additional time is spent on completing assignments, preparing lessons, planning for local or international outreaches, and participating in our "focus tracks" where students can dive deeper into study areas of their choosing.

In total, this course comprises more than 400 hours of lectures, small group presentations, practice teachings, homework assignments, work duties, optional focus tracks, prayer and worship, and travel. This also includes oral and written assignments, and an in-depth assessment process that meets all of the qualifications to receive an Australian Cert IV upon completion of all components of the course.

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15 Hours/Week

During the instruction portion of this course, students can expect many workshops on topics highly relevant to English language teaching, with a special focus on the world of Christian missions. Most workshops include thought-provoking conversations and stand-on-your-feet activities, designed to keep you actively learning throughout these classes. Small groups are often used to facilitate and inspire discussions and to create common partnerships and presentations. Although the course is designed specifically for English teachers, nearly all of the theory covered is applicable to teaching other languages as well.

During application times, the student momentarily becomes the “teacher.” These activities are designed to provide every TESOL graduate with hands-on experience and mastery of teaching skills through a variety of realistically simulated ESL and EFL language classrooms. These English “classes”—and other student presentations—are typically taught in teams, and evaluations are given by both peers and TESOL instructors alike. Real, life-changing friendships have been made in our simulated classrooms, a testament to the power of teacher-student relationships and the promise of every TESOL graduate as a future world-changer.


5 Hours/Week

At YWAM Montana, along with YWAM International, we value Worship and Intercessory Prayer. We also think it's a great way to start your day. During TESOL we will have at least 2.5 hours of prayer and 2.5 hours of corporate worship each week.


2 Hours/Week

Every other week, we will gather inside a cozy house for coffee, tea and snacks. These times are set aside to just relax in the company of our TESOL family. There will be some good books passed around that we will discuss as a group, and we’ll be able to share what we’re learning in our “focus tracks.”

Focus Tracks 2 Hours/Week

2 Hours/Week

Occasionally, we will have opportunities for students to deepen their understanding in topics introduced during the weekly lectures. These optional and self-directed focus tracks are one of our program's greatest strengths and students will be given personalized instruction to suit their individual needs.

Students will be able to deepen their studies across a number of focus areas, including:

  • Cross-cultural Studies
  • Designing-your-own Curriculum
  • Using Technology in the Classroom
  • Learning a Foreign Language (Chinese, Spanish, etc)
  • and More...

Lesson Preparation And Study 15 Hours/Week

15 Hours/Week

Students will be required to spend a few hours of each day to prepare lessons and complete assignments on their own. Remaining time will be spent accomplishing work duties, focus workshops, or leisure activities. As preparation for practice teachings, students will spend some time in groups planning lessons with their teaching team. With this in mind, come with a loving servant-hearted attitude that values teamwork—a necessary part of any large endeavor.

Work Duties 10 Hours/Week

10 Hours/Week

As a school, we join together with other students on the campus to help care for the facilities with which we've been blessed. These work duties often include housekeeping, meal prep, meal clean-up, or another area of service. At YWAM Montana we believe in a servant-hearted attitude and lifestyle and creating a "live/learn" environment, a philosophy based on the idea of establishing a community where both staff and students live, eat, work, and study in close proximity for maximized learning opportunities.


2 Hours/Week

Each week we will drive to a local school in order to observe other professional teachers and participate in outreach opportunities. We will also travel to a neighboring city where we will complete application components of the course. Transportation will be provided. And be sure to look out for a wild moose or herd of bison on the ride back to the YWAM campus—such sightings have happened in the past!


International Outreach

Our Spring 2020 course features an International Outreach where participants will teach English, build cross-cultural relationships, and transform communities through sharing their skills, life, and faith with others. Participants will put to practice all they learned in their intensive lecture phase by creating lesson plans and resources, and teaching in real classrooms with real EFL learners. They will also continue to grow and learn through lectures and assignments. As a result, participants will have an opportunity to be dual certified as TESOL graduates. But more than that, they'll have the opportunity to bring hope and a future through education. Come and learn. Go and teach. Change the world.
The Outreach cost is factored into the course's total cost and does not require additional budgeting. The International Outreach is required for participants to graduate and be issued their certificates. For more information concerning the Outreach portion of this course contact your school leaders here: [email protected]




“My favorite part of the course was the Adventure Camp outreach for youth. It was so life-giving and at the perfect time because I applied a lot of what I learned throughout TESOL on something I’m passionate about.”

“TESOL has made me feel confident as a teacher. I know I could pull together an English lesson quickly if I’m in a situation where it needs to happen. Hopefully I’ll use these skills on my DTS outreach.”

Rachel, Yulee, FL




“Because the YWAM course helps you grow in a relationship with God and the Australian TESOL certificate helps you go into closed countries.”

“This was an amazing course and I would do it again if I had to. The staff are great.”

“TESOL has made me more confident and more passionate to teach. I will take it wherever God would like me to go.”

Sarah, Grand Rapids, MN

PLANS AFTER TESOL: Outreach in Taiwan, SBS

School Leaders

Andrew & Cortnie Brooks

Andy is originally from California and he currently resides here at YWAM Montana-Lakeside with his wife, Cortnie, and their four children: Eoghan, Finnegan, Lochlan and Liam. Andy has been working with TESOL seminars in Lakeside since 2009. In 2012, he completed his DTS here at Lakeside along with his family, and their outreach was to Reykjavik, Iceland. Since then, they've traveled with DTS and TESOL teams to Thailand, Cambodia, and Taiwan. Andy has a heart for inspiring and equipping others to fulfill their dreams and all God has for them. He loves to spend time outdoors hiking and backpacking, watching movies with subtitles, roasting coffee in his kitchen, and he makes a mean cappuccino.

Cortnie is from Oakhurst, California. She attended her DTS at YWAM Montana-Lakeside in fall of 2003, and her outreach was to England and Northern Ireland. She now lives in Lakeside with her husband, Andrew, and their four beautiful children, Eoghan, Finnegan, Lochlan, and Liam. She has been staffing and leading TESOL seminars at Lakeside since 2009. In 2014, she and her husband also began training DTS students in Coffee Industry-related skills for the mission field. Cortnie has a heart for seeing people grow to their full potential and daring them to dream the biggest of dreams. She likes reading books, growing peppers in her garden, and drinking coffee with friends. And she loves collating.

Bree Kremer

Before being called into missions with YWAM Montana, Bree graduated from college with a BA in Social Work. She has worked as a youth pastor and on a bible camp staff team, as a barista, and a crisis counselor for survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. These experiences, coupled with her heart for communal shalom and justice, led her to complete her TESOL program in the Spring of 2017. Following that she felt the Lord calling her to do Endurance DTS, and eventually to help lead the TESOL program here in Montana. Bree is passionate about training missionaries strategically and tangibly so they can, in turn, empower and bear shalom to the unreached, marginalized, and traumatized throughout the nations. In addition to helping lead TESOL, Bree also serves on our Lakeside Montana Debriefing team here on base. In her down time you can find Bree studying SBS online, with her nose in a good book, adventuring in Montana’s beautiful outdoors, or crafting a unique cup of coffee for whoever happens to be paying her a visit.

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