This module features lessons and resources that focus on how to teach the four basic macro skills: Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing. We will also look at how to teach a number of micro skills: such as Pronunciation, Literacy, and Grammar. We'll also share some of our favorite classroom activities and teaching strategies along the way, such as how to use Poetry, Role Plays, and Speeches to teach languages.


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  • 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

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

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  • University Credits

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  • Professional Certificate

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    1. Intro to this chapter

    2. Dialogues vs. Role Plays

    3. 5 Steps of a Role Play

    4. Sample Lesson Plan: "Job Interview" Role Play

    5. Video Demonstration: "Job Interview" Role Play

    6. Go Deeper: 3 More Role Plays

    7. » Challenge: Role Play mini lesson

    8. A few more tips

    9. » Padlet: Role Play ideas for ESL classes

    10. Next Steps

    11. The Feed

    1. Intro to this chapter

    2. Examples of Student Speeches

    3. How to facilitate speaking activities online

    4. 4 Steps to Give a 5-Minute Speech

    5. Vocabulary List for Speeches

    6. Go Deeper: More Tips for Giving Great Speeches

    7. » Project: Oral Presentation (Task 3D)

    8. 1) Prepare your notes

    9. 2) Give your speech

    10. 3) Complete a self-evaluation

    11. » Submit your work

    12. Using Recording Devices in the Classroom

    13. Takeaways and Next Steps

    14. The Feed

    1. Intro to this chapter

    2. English is "crazy"...and so are you.

    3. 1) Poll

    4. 2) See the results

    5. Why is pronunciation so hard?

    6. Why do we teach pronunciation?

    7. 7 Common Pronunciation Errors for Students

    8. Video Demonstration: Examples of Pronunciation lessons

    9. Activities that use your whole body

    10. Activities that use Music and Art

    11. Go Deeper: 7 Essential Concepts for Teachers

    12. Padlet: Pronunciation activity ideas for ESL classes

    13. Discussion: Interactive Pronunciation Stations

    14. Takeaways and Next Steps

    15. The Feed

    1. Intro to this chapter

    2. Listening: An Active Process

    3. Challenge: Foreign Language Listening Experience

    4. 1) Make a prediction

    5. 2) See the results

    6. Activities for Bottom-Up and Top-Down Listening

    7. Fill-in-the-blank: 10 Clever Cloze Activities

    8. Activities for Checking Comprehension

    9. 8 Steps for Teaching Listening

    10. Video Demonstration: "Do it before you're 30!" Listening Lesson

    11. Padlet: Listening activity ideas for ESL classes

    12. Takeaways and Next Steps

    13. The Feed

About This Module

  • $200.00
  • 169 lessons
  • 15+ hours of playable content
  • 30 hours to complete (average)
  • 1 credit

I never would’ve had this opportunity without the training I received through TESOL.”


Teaching at the classes in Honolulu’s Chinatown placed a face behind the purpose of TESOL. It was impossible for me to sit across our students each week without seeing their story. I listened to mothers who left everything they knew back home to give their children a fresh start. I remember an older man who sat on a bus for hours each week just to come to our class. It was so evident the eagerness each student carried to learn this language with the common goal of obtaining a U.S. Citizenship. A door opened up for me to build relationships with people who had a completely different background than I do. I know that I never would’ve had the opportunity to meet these students without the training I received through TESOL. It showed me how God can use the skills that He’s given us to bring His people together. — MIKI, CLASS OF 2019

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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