How would you like to be on the cutting edge of cross-cultural missions? Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is emerging as the future of missionary outreach. Earning an accredited bachelor's degree from Appalachian Bible College with a double major in Bible / Theology and Missions will give you top preparation for ministry, while specialized training in English language teaching (ELT) will provide a unique platform for evangelization in nearly any country.
The ABC Advantage
The best way to prepare for teaching English as a second language (TESL) is through an intensive combination of classroom instruction and practicum. By providing both aspects, facilitated by skilled instructors, the accredited TESOL training at ABC is superior to online TESOL programs. Weekly tutoring of a non-English speaker in West Virginia will give you a chance to practice what you’ve learned, and a 4-6 week overseas internship will equip you with invaluable experience.
A TESOL missionary cares about much more than just his students' academic well-being. In fact, teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is simply a tool to use in meeting their spiritual needs. Appalachian Bible College will provide you with a solid foundation of Bible and theological studies, along with missions classes which will develop your sense of Jesus' Great Commission and how to accomplish it. Even in the TESOL courses at ABC, the focus is always on evangelism and discipleship.
Mrs. Abbey Kilbride - TESOL Advisor
I believe God is opening huge doors for ministry around the world through TESOL. From my own time teaching in China, I saw firsthand the amazing opportunities that teaching English opened up for the advancement of the Gospel.
It is due to my personal experience that I am passionate about training men and women to serve the Lord through teaching English to lost people of all ages and cultures.
Why Missions - TESOL?
In the 21st century people of every culture and nationality are eager to learn English as a second language (ESL). This international demand for competent teachers provides natural inroads for the Gospel.
Traditionally, missionaries take years to raise support, learn a foreign language, and begin making contacts. By using TESOL, you can be paid to teach English abroad or in the U.S., while forming relationships readily with students interested in your culture and Christian faith.
Benefits of TESOL
- Little or no financial support is needed to get to the field
- Take the Gospel to closed and creative access countries
- Eliminates need to learn foreign language
- Quickly develop relationships as students desire to learn English
Career Ministry Opportunities
A bachelor's degree in Missions with a TESOL concentration from a Christian college gives you many opportunities, including:
- Becoming TESOL certified
- Teaching English overseas
- Serving as an English tutor in the U.S.
- Instructing all ages of ESL students, from preschoolers to senior citizens
Objectives & Outcomes
|You will be trained in…||Leading to…|
|identifying the Biblical patterns and means for fulfilling the missionary mandate||determining where and how you can serve God in worldwide missions.|
|knowing the basic presuppositions of major 20th century religions||intelligently communicating the Gospel of Christ to followers of other belief systems.|
|discovering the critical nature of relationships in ministry||establishing strong relationships for the purpose of evangelism and discipleship.|
|methods of teaching English||the ability to instruct your students effectively and creatively.|
|cultural appreciation and adaptation||flexibility to teach in any location or setting.|
|linguistics and communication||an understanding of an ESL student’s learning process.|
|approaches for using TESOL in evangelism||the desire and capability to share the Gospel with non-English speakers.|