Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is a course in which students gain an internationally recognized certification and the practical skills needed to become a language teacher in any country on the mission field.

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.

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 endeavour.
This course is designed and administered by INTERCULTURAL TRAINING AUSTRALIA (ITA). YWAM has partnered with ITA since 2014 and we are very happy to offer ITA’s TESOL course to our students. We’ve already seen its effectiveness in offering the best training and experience to our trainees, and how it has equipped all of them for real teaching positions at home and abroad. In addition to this, our graduates may continue their TESOL training with ITA in order to receive their Diploma in TESOL, if they wish to do so. Send enquiries to the email below.

Our Australian Government Accredited TESOL Course

Why our course is so different!

  • Each trainee has a mentor
  • Trainees learn through experiential, practical exercises that they can use in their own classrooms.
  • Our training is competency-based which means we work with you until you are a competent teacher. We don’t give up on you!
  • Our course is a government recognised qualification that allows people to teach in Australia and overseas (some conditions apply for every position)
  • We train mono-lingual and multi-lingual English speakers incorporating a team approach in teaching English, building upon each other’s strengths
  • Supervised teaching practice with real students

By the end of the course:

  • You have the skills to start your own English classes
  • Assess the levels of your students
  • Design a syllabus
  • Create fun, innovative, communicative lessons covering, reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary
  • You will know how to assess and evaluate your students
  • You will learn the importance of knowing your students’ world view and cultural backgrounds
  • Think through your teaching philosophy and approach and how this applies to your ministry / church / school / university / or language centre
“This course changed my life—the way I view other cultures and differences”
“I am a trained teacher – this course gave me many creative and practical teaching tips I can use straight away.”
This course is not just about TESOL, it is about communication for life.”
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 YWAM 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 Honolulu 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 small, family-oriented YWAM campus, and to make invaluable connections with other missionaries you will first meet here.

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 TESOL schools:

  • Jul 1st, 2024 – Aug 25th, 2024 


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