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.


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 English-speaking countries 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.


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, however, 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 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!


Upcoming Schools

  • Spring 2017

    • Start Date:04/03/17
    • End Date:06/23/17
    • Total Cost:USD 3,000
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    • African:10/05/16
    • Canadian:03/04/17
    • International:12/04/16
    • Domestic:03/20/17
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The "Apply By Dates" are dates that are generated by your nationality, and our Registrar's 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 missed the apply by date set for your nationality and are still interested in attending the school, please feel free to email our Registrar's Office at registrar@ywammontana.org to see if applying is still a possibility.



Weekly Schedule

Our newly designed schedule consists of morning lectures Monday through Thursday from 9 am to noon. 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 will be spent 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.

Friday 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.

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

Lectures 10 Hours/Week

10 Hours/Week

During the instruction portion of this course, students can expect many hours of lecture on topics relevant to English language teaching, with a special focus on the world of Christian missions. Most lectures 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.

Practicum 5 Hours/Week

5 Hours/Week

Practicum is when the student becomes the teacher. It is designed to give every TESOL graduate hands-on experience in a real language classroom. Classes are taught in teams, and evaluations are given by both peers and TESOL instructors alike. Many life-changing friendships have been made in our Practicum classrooms, a testament to the power of teacher-student relationships and the promise of every TESOL graduate as a future world-changer.

Prayer And Worship 2 Hours/Week

2 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.

Focus Tracks 2 Hours/Week

2 Hours/Week

Each week, we will have opportunities for students to deepen their understanding in topics introduced during the weekly lectures. These optional 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 10 Hours/Week

10 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 tracks, or leisure activities. As preparation for practice teachings, students will spend some time in groups planning lessons with their Practicum 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.

Travel 1 Hours/Week

1 Hours/Week

Each Friday we will drive to a neighboring city in order to complete the Practicum component of the course. It's a short drive and transportation is provided. A TESOL classic happens on some Fridays after Practicum when we go out for coffee and ice cream with our English students in town. 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!


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: tesol@ywammontana.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.

School Leaders


Andrew & Cortnie Brooks

Andrew is originally from California and he currently resides here at YWAM Montana-Lakeside with his wife, Cortnie, and their fourchildren, Eoghan, Finnegan, Lochlan and Liam. Andrew has been working with TESOL seminars in Lakeside since 2009. In fall 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. Andrew 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.

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