This module consists of several lessons related to the topic of learning. Key lessons include: Classroom Values, Icebreaker Activities, Student Needs, Learning Styles, Proficiency Levels, Second Language Acquisition (SLA), Language and Culture


Every module includes:

  • HD video lessons and tutorials

    Every module includes a combination of inspiring content videos on every major teaching topic, and helpful step-by-step tutorials to assist you with the practical stuff

  • Interactive learning activities

    We’ve included the same kind of interactive activities in this course that students enjoy in our more traditional face-to-face TESOL courses, including discussions, design challenges, brainstorming, and collaboration

  • Ready-to-use resources for your classroom

    Get access to our vast library of teaching resources, activity ideas, ESL curriculum samples, classroom management strategies, and more

  • Personal instructor assistance

    Request personalized help from our team of staff with decades of experience working globally in public, private, university, and non-profit contexts

  • University Credits

    1 credit and a TESOL Certificate Of Completion from YWAM's University of the Nations (not included for Course Introduction module)

  • Professional Certificate

    This course leads to an internationally recognized Professional Certificate (Cert IV in TESOL) from the Australian College of Career Development


    1. Intro to this chapter

    2. English Teaching and Empire

    3. Contexts: ESL, EFL, and World Englishes

    4. Multilingual English Teachers

    5. Motivation and Reasons for learning

    6. Knowledge Check #1

    7. The role of Self-esteem

    8. Getting Gritty

    9. How do you assess Student Needs?

    10. Knowledge Check #2

    11. Discussion: Case Studies

    12. The Feed

    1. Intro to this chapter

    2. The VARK Modalities

    3. VARK Questionnaire: What's your preferred learning style?

    4. 1) Survey

    5. 2) See the results

    6. Research Learning Strategies

    7. Padlet: Share your strategies

    8. Takeaways

    9. The Feed

    1. Intro to this chapter

    2. Finding the BEST classroom

    3. The 5 Proficiency Levels

    4. Speaking Interviews and the Speaking Interview Form

    5. Things to think about

    6. 1) Speaking Level Guide

    7. 2) Where to find Amazing Photos

    8. Padlet: Photo Contest

    9. Padlet: Speaking Interview Challenge

    10. Test Your Skills!

    11. Knowledge Check: Practice Assessing Levels

    12. Takeaways

    13. The Feed

About This Module

  • $200.00
  • 118 lessons
  • 10+ hours of playable content
  • 25 hours to complete (average)
  • 1 credit

“I loved my students! Their willingness to continue to learn and grow was inspiring."


In 2019, I taught English in a refugee camp with Middle East Refugee Relief. I loved my students, and seeing their willingness to continue to learn and grow after the horrors and hardships they had been through was inspiring. It was a privilege to help them in any way I could along that journey and TESOL gave me the tools to do so. — SHELBY, CLASS OF 2018

Meet Your Instructors

Andy and Cortnie Brooks are the TESOL Directors at YWAM Montana and have trained hundreds of teachers in the United States, Asia, and Pacific Islands

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Is this course a good fit for me?

    If you want to be a teacher who inspires students in your community or around the world, then this course is for you! This course is for training and certifying professional English teachers, specifically, but the skills practiced in this course transfer to all kinds of teaching, ministry, and leadership. If you are looking for a way to support yourself overseas so you can travel, then this course is for you too! Many of our graduates support themselves with paid teaching positions in schools and universities, while others have become ‘digital nomads’ teaching English online. And many other graduates use their skills as volunteers who are making a difference every day in whatever classroom or space they find themselves in.

  • What does my schedule look like during the course?

    You get to decide! There is a lot of flexibility when it comes to interacting with the course and completing assignments. This course is self-paced in many ways, and this means you can access the course platform at any time during the week that suits your needs. If you prefer to do your work in the morning with a nice cup of coffee, go for it! At night with some cozy lighting and your favorite study music? That works too!

  • How many hours per week do I need to study?

    That depends on your situation and how much time you can commit each week. This course is designed with working or part-time students in mind, and our goal is to make it accessible to students who volunteer their time elsewhere, have jobs, have families, or have other responsibilities. Students can choose to complete the course in a few weeks or several months. In order to finish the course in 12 weeks, you should anticipate at least 10-15 hours of coursework each week. Students who need to take additional time to complete the course may do so, and they can finish the course in 12 months by working an average of 3 hours per week.

  • How interactive is the course going to be?

    There are many different kinds of online courses, but we have strived to make this particular course as engaging and interactive as possible. Together, our staff team has decades of experience with traditional face-to-face courses and online courses at the professional and university level. Whenever possible, we’ve included the same kind of interactive activities in this course that students enjoy in our more traditional face-to-face TESOL courses.

  • What kinds of activities and assignments?

    Each module consists of a wide variety of content that includes: short videos and reading assignments on each topic, interactive discussions, ungraded exercises to help you check your own understanding, and graded projects to apply what you're learning and put it into practice.

  • Are there any age or academic requirements?

    Anyone wishing to take the course must be 17 years of age and have completed year ten of secondary school. There are no other academic requirements for attending TESOL. (Students who do not yet meet these requirements can still access the course and complete the modules, but may not receive full credit until they have met the age and academic requirements.)

  • Can you help me find a teaching position?

    We have an extensive network of partner locations around the world that are in need of teachers. To learn more about these locations, explore the Partner Locations pages on our website where we’ve made it easy for you to connect with each location by email. And you can find classmates who are interested in those locations by going to the Communities pages in your Student Dashboard (available after you sign up for a course).

  • Do I need to be a native English speaker?

    No. We feel that some of the best teachers are those who speak multiple languages, and if that’s you, we know that you are going to make an excellent teacher. If you can speak and write in English and be understood by others, then you should be able to do well in the course.



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  • University Credits and Certificate (included)

    1 credit and a TESOL Certificate of Completion from YWAM’s University of the Nations (UofN) is given upon successful completion of each module. (All fees are included in the price of the course.)

  • Add a Professional Certificate (fee required)

    Graduates from Modules 1-4 and the Teaching Portfolio Module can also apply for an internationally recognized professional certificate from the Australian College of Career Development for an additional fee of $200. (Note: This third-party fee is subject to change and includes an additional assessment process.)