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 months.

Our new online course format 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 through a recognized training institute in Australia (an additional fee is required). 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.

There is no prerequisite for attending TESOL. 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!


  • A fresh, modern, and up-to-date online course with awesome content and activities.
  • A part-time schedule — study between 5-15 hours per week.
  • Take the course any time of day and from anywhere on the planet. Pack your bags now, or curl up with a blanket from the comfort of your own home.
  • Accessible via mobile app so you can study from the road.
  • Ready to become a digital nomad? All you need is an internet connection and a device to begin! (Plane ticket to your favorite destination, not included.)


  • Become a world-changing volunteer, or get the job you want with an internationally recognized TESOL certificate (equivalent to CELTA or TEFL Level 5).
  • We cover it all, so you can teach in all types of classrooms — ESL, EFL, Online, Young Learners, Adults, Business English, Pre-Literate, Refugees, and more.
  • Our graduates are teaching in over 20 countries — including Cambodia, China, Greece, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Ukraine, United States, Vietnam, and everywhere in between. You can, too!


  • Find job support and volunteer opportunities with YWAM’s global network of 1,100 locations in over 180 nations.
  • Stacks on stacks of free printable resources to get you teaching confidently straight away, worry-free.
  • Our free English curriculum designed just for missionaries. A $299 value!
  • A personal online tutor to assist you throughout the course.
  • A lifelong community of fellow teachers to support you in your vision for changing the world.

Meet Your School Staff.

Travel the World.
Make a Difference.

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!

Play Video

Go and Teach.

This is our Calling. We give hope where there is none, and we won’t stop until the end of the earth. This is our Trade. We travel with very little, sometimes with nothing more than the words we speak. This is our Dream. Wherever we are, wherever we go. We shine lights in dark places, we raise our voices, and we rise up, together. And together we open new doors.

What our students say.