ODILS Outreach Article

Equip Yourself – Reach Those Of Other Tongues

Feb 4, 2019 | Community Outreach

By Rae Holmes | ODILS

Open Doors International Language School (ODILS) offers professional and certified teacher training to equip those on the mission field.

Be it in the UK or overseas, our call to serve and share with those of other languages and cultures usually comes with its challenges.

Training with ODILS helps overcome some of these and does what it says, it opens doors!

Training under ODILS Trinity Certificate TESOL programme, provides a tool that is not only relevant to Believers today but equips them to reach our generation. The preliminary qualification certifies you to teach English to speakers of other languages.

To effectively reach people who are yet to receive our message, we often need to cross cultural, social, political and language barriers. Over the years, ODILS has helped train people whose work has taken them into restricted or even persecuted territories as well as those closer to home.

Qualified teaching status has enabled those called, to reach areas that were previously averse to missions work and, in many cases, unreachable. We have watched people set-up and run language classes, educational training facilities, community projects and work as employed, local teaching staff – achievements that would previously have been unattainable.

Integrating into a community – whether it be on your own doorstep or further afield – is an important part of loving our neighbours. To accomplish this, we often need to be the ones to take the first step!

If you have a heart for those in your city or you have a call to go overseas, ODILS Certificate TESOL programme is a great way to prepare yourself.

The course is available full-time or part-time. If you would like more information visit ODILS our Cert TESOL Page or have a chat with a member of their team:  01752 258 770

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