Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


Course Description.

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!


During our 4 week-long intensive Lecture Phase our trainees are introduced to a wide selection of topics from Teaching Methods to Lesson Planning and so on. And these aren’t your typical lectures. Here the classroom comes alive as trainees put themselves in the shoes of their soon to be students, research cultures different than their own, and prepare and practice their very own lessons. Outside of the classroom, trainees are expected to complete an array of assignments, projects, and presentations. This portion of the course takes place in the midst of the striking Montana mountains and our vibrant Christian community. Throughout the course, our trainees’ academic endeavors will be complemented by times of corporate worship, intercession, community meetings, and work duties.


Upon completing the Lecture Phase trainees will travel together to another country where they will hone in on the application of all they have learned thus far. Outreach locations vary from year to year, but the skills put to practice are standard: teaching English. Trainees will assess their new students’ language levels, prepare and teach full lessons, apply classroom management skills, and receive regular feedback from a TESOL trainer as they continue to learn and grow. Some additional workshops, assignments, and lectures are to be expected during Outreach as well. We will also continue to worship, pray, and serve as a team of teachers. At some locations, we will be able to implement English teaching using the Bible.


We exist not just to multiply missionaries to the ends of the Earth, but to equip those missionaries with tangible skills that will empower students with hope and a future. The ripples of education will transform communities, bringing the kingdom more fully, instating justice and compassion, cultivating shalom. Our dream is to train not just ESL teachers, but missional ESL teachers, those who will go forth with good news on their lips and hope in their heart, a hope that springs from being a citizen of this coming kingdom, a hope that reaches out and whispers an invitation…

… “you can be a citizen of this Hope too.”

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Empower through language.

At YWAM Montana-Lakeside, we are all about doing whatever it takes to know God and to make Him known, together! We’d love to help you make that next step in your global missions education. Apply now!

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Come and learn. Learn the practical skills needed to be a language teacher and earn a certification that will throw doors open to you. Walkthrough those doors. Shine light in the darkness, empower those you meet, offer hope and a future. Go and teach.

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