Information about TESOL at YWAM Lebanon
Will you teach me English?
English-speaking Christian workers are often asked this question. English has become the world’s common language, and throughout the world, non-English speakers are anxious to learn. Many English-speaking workers have attempted to teach English, only to discover that being a native speaker does not in itself make one a good teacher of English.
Our Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) course includes four weeks of intensive training in basic theories and methods of teaching English, intercultural communication for teachers, classroom management, how to work with different learning styles, testing, principles of language acquisition, as well as the sounds and grammar of English. An integral part of the training is the opportunity to practice teach on campus during the course.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive a TESOL certificate and supporting documents from the Institute for the Nations, Lebanon PA. These will become the key for opening opportunities to teach English in many settings, worldwide. Meet real needs of internationals within English-speaking countries… of residents in non-English speaking nations worldwide. Acquire a job skill that opens doors to hard-to-enter countries… one that reaches people with whom you are already working.
The TESOL school does not allow time to teach the English skills. It focuses on the skills of teaching, so the students must be proficient in English pronunciation and grammar in order to be successful. You do not need to be a native English speaker. There is no formal testing requirement; we expect that you will know if your English is adequate to be a teacher. Some non-native English speakers do well in TESOL; others struggle. We will work with you as much as possible to help you to succeed.
Completion of a Discipleship Training School (DTS) is not required.
We live together, eat together, work together, share our lives, living spaces, and work duties for the benefit of the community. This helps us keep costs down and allows each individual to grow in very practical ways as he or she walks out what it means to love and lay down their lives for others.
Single students share a room with several other people and have dorm-style bathrooms; married students have a room of their own in a shared suite. Meals are prepared in the base kitchen and eaten together with all the staff and students (including those of other schools). The base lounge is the usual hangout spot during free times but sometimes people just get together for a spontaneous jam session or time of worship in the auditorium. Housekeeping is accomplished through daily “work duties” because everybody knows that a good missionary isn’t afraid of a little work – and there’s something about cleaning toilets…
We recognize that relationships – with God and people – are very important and this YWAM tradition of “community living” plays an important part in bringing the base together.
In your TESOL course, students will learn and work together, relying on one another to accomplish your goals. Be prepared for a very busy and intense schedule that could involve evenings and weekends. Be ready to be challenged, to rely on God, to grow, and to form lasting friendships and expanded horizons!
The cost of the TESOL course is $1,150 USD. ($100 deposit is due on acceptance and 1050 is due on the first day of class). There is a non-refundable application fee of $40. The tuition includes lectures, practicum expenses, housing and meals for the four weeks of the course.
Note: Arrive by 5:00 PM on Sunday before school starts and depart on Saturday after school ends. We do not observe holiday breaks. We cannot accommodate early arrivals.