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!


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Apply By Dates

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.

Click Here to see a sample of the schedule and topics.


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!


Local Outreaches

Our Spring 2019 course features a special focus on the refugee crisis, and participants will receive a teaching certification and a wide range of practical skills to help them make a positive impact for refugees—both at home and abroad. This course includes a mini-outreach to a refugee community in a nearby city within the United States, and this outreach is covered in the cost of the course. We will also be engaged in local outreaches to our own community, including: designing and teaching a VBS curriculum for youth, and weekly field trips to an elementary school where our TESOL class can observe other professional teachers.


International Outreaches (optional)

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.

Completing an international 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 required depending on the outreach’s location and length. Contact your school leaders, for more information: [email protected]

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.




“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

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.

Sarah Childs

Sarah Childs is originally from northern Minnesota. She did her DTS in the fall of 2015. She took the English and Coffee focus track and that is where she fell in love with teaching english and making coffee. She felt the Lord calling her to be a teacher, so right after her DTS she took TESOL. She has been on several outreaches to Taiwan to practice teaching overseas. She completed her SBS in 2017 so that she could not only teach English, but also effectively teach the Bible. She helped pioneer TESOL in Honolulu, and has been on TESOL staff in Montana since 2018. She believes that teaching English opens the door to build relationships with her students, and through those relationships the gospel can be shared. In her downtime, Sarah loves being outside and being with people.

Rachel Renken

Rachel Renken is originally from San Jose, California. She joined YWAM in 2015 doing her DTS in Montana. She did TESOL in the fall of 2015 in Cambodia, and then staffed the following school in 2016. In 2017 she did School of Frontier Missions and School of Biblical Studies in Taiwan. She feels called to pioneer TESOL in Taitung, Taiwan. Her focus is on early childhood education, and helping children who struggle with learning disabilities. She is passionate that TESOL can change the lives of students by allowing the gospel to transform classrooms and transcend cultural norms. This is why she came on staff with YWAM Montana in 2018. Rachel loves to cook food, and drink coffee. In her free time you will find her outside either hiking or snowboarding. Montana is the best place to get outside and explore!

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