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COURSE

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

GC-TESOL

TAUGHT BY: School of Education

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

1year

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

100

About offering

This course prepares you to teach English to speakers of other languages. There is a strong focus on the theoretical underpinnings of TESOL, such as in the Transcultural Communication unit, where you will learn the challenges of language acquisition, and the Introduction to Language unit, where you will learn the components comprising languages.

There is also a strong focus on the practical aspects of language teaching and learning through the Materials Design and Assessment unit.

The combination of these aspects will inform your future practice as a TESOL teacher.

In this course, you will examine pronunciation, intonation, voice quality, spelling and sound systems, sentence structures, syntax, morphology and semantics, as well as examining a selection of the different varieties of English spoken throughout the world, including native English dialects.

The course includes a description and analysis of speech styles across a number of cultures including Aboriginal, Anglo-European and some from the Asia-Pacific, and you will learn methods and approaches to Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

If you complete this course, you may also be able to transfer into the Master of Arts (TESOL).

Please note: This course is not available to onshore international students.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

What you'll learn

  • an ability to apply the theoretical principles and concepts which underpin contemporary TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) specific practices;
  • an understanding of the diverse needs of students and an ability to frame creative solutions to problems of pedagogy;
  • an ability to access key texts in the field, and to analyse critically key concepts in the field and an ability to synthesise information from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives;
  • an ability to communicate effectively, including the ability to communicate key concepts relevant to TESOL;
  • an awareness of available technologies and an insight into how they can be used creatively to a specific advantage in TESOL;
  • an awareness of the importance of self-directed learning for professional growth and a demonstrated ability to take responsibility for individual intellectual development;
  • an awareness of the theoretical and practical implications for TESOL in a global context;
  • an appreciation of the value of cultural and linguistic diversity and its place in TESOL;
  • a demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team; plan a challenging and supportive learning environment.

Career information

  • TESOL (EAL/D) teacher

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

A relevant bachelors degree and an approved teaching qualification* with an assessed practicum component.

* An appropriate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) qualification can be used as an approved teaching qualification.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other requirements and notes for this course

Online study is available through Open Universities Australia.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees and charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2019

Student type Cost

Domestic

What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?

A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.

Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.

$8,800*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice:

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

Apply now

The Bachelor of Education and TESOL postgraduate course helped me to realise the value in making school an engaging place to learn and providing meaningful experiences for my students. The TESOL course enabled me to learn about things I was passionate about, including working with children and developing my knowledge of the English language. During my time at Curtin, I was taught how to plan lessons for students for whom English was an additional language, as well as how to get to know the students and how they learn. I was able to apply this knowledge practically in classrooms to further my skillset, and I now have the qualifications to apply for jobs in a whole range of professions.

Megan Kenny

Where to get further information

Applicants applying for an undergraduate degree with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma if you are applying for an undergraduate degree.

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  • Curtin course code: GC-TESOL
  • This offering was last updated on: 22/03/2019