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

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Launch a fulfilling career in English language teaching. CSU's Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is the perfect pathway into a diverse and increasingly digitised field.

This course gives you the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to work in English language teaching settings in Australia and internationally.

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is related to:


  • Why study this course?

    The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) develops your knowledge and capabilities to make a positive contribution to English language teaching.

    Practical learning

    This course includes a professional experience placement, which may be completed in your current workplace or an alternative English as a second language or English as a foreign language setting. You will also investigate the use of technology to deliver better student outcomes.

    Online convenience

    Delivered online using CSU's innovative technology, this degree can be studied anywhere, anytime. If you're combining work and study, you'll be able to put your knowledge into practice straight away.

    Dynamic learning community

    Join a diverse community of professionals who are working to build their expertise in English language teaching. You will experience the benefits of group-based learning and forge professional connections that will extend well beyond your studies.

    Reputation for excellence

    CSU's School of Teacher Education has a strong international reputation and research profile. You'll learn from leading educators who have made substantial contributions to research and curriculum development over many years.

    Study pathway

    The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) provides a pathway into CSU's Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), with credit for all subjects studied – giving you an ideal opportunity to pursue further study if you wish.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU's Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares you to teach English in an informed and proactive way. As a graduate you could work in schools, colleges and universities – or independently – in Australia and overseas. Roles may include language teacher, language program developer or adviser, policy adviser, curriculum designer, language resource developer or TESOL program director.

  • Workplace learning

    As part of the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) you will undertake practical placements in industry – so you get hands-on experience and the chance to put your knowledge into practice.

    It will also give you valuable experience when you graduate into the job market.

    If you already work in an English language teaching setting, you could complete your placement where you are. Alternatively, you will have the opportunity to experience a different environment – and expand your professional network in the process.

    The placement is a minimum of 20 hours, of which 6 hours must be face-to-face with students. This meets the National ELT Accreditation Scheme's (NEAS) accreditation requirements.

    The placement is undertaken in Session 2 (July to November) or Session 3 (November to February). Alternative times may be negotiated with the Course Director.

    Enquiries concerning qualifications required in each state/territory should be directed to the appropriate employing body within that state / territory.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience

    Working with Children Check

    All teacher education students in Australia must comply with the working with children legislation requirements of the state / country of where their placement is occurring. Students will be required to provide evidence to the Faculty of Arts and Education’s Professional Experience Unit of a Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter prior to undertaking any placement in a school or early childhood service. The checks are intended to identify people who have convictions for such things as violence or sexual offences and who may put clients'/children’s personal safety or health at risk. Traffic violations and other minor offences are not of interest.

    Prospective students should be aware that not passing a Working with Children Check will make it difficult for them to complete a teacher education course satisfactorily because of the unavailability of suitable school or preschool professional experience placements.

    The Working with Children Check expires every five years. You will be required to ensure it remains current and valid to the end of the final placement in the course. Please note that a WWCC can take an extended period of time, so it is recommended that you commence the process early to prevent timing problems. The Australian Institute of Family Studies provides useful information and links relevant to the Australian states and territories. Information on the current Working with Children Check must be uploaded to the student’s information site on InPlace.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    All subjects have a value of 8 points unless otherwise specified.

    GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (TESOL)
    This course consists of 36 points comprising four x 8-point core subjects and one x 4-point core subject, as detailed below:

    Core subjects (5 subjects)
    EML509 Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language
    EML510 Language: Theory, Acquisition & Development
    EML524 TESOL Across Curriculum, Practice and Pedagogy
    EML525 English in the World
    EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience (4 points)


    MASTER OF TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (TESOL)
    This course consists of 68 points comprising eight x 8-point core subjects and one x 4-point core subject, as detailed below.

    Core subjects (9 subjects)
    EML509 Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language
    EML510 Language: Theory, Acquisition & Development
    EML514 Approaching TESOL Research
    EML515 Technologies for TESOL
    EML524 TESOL Across Curriculum, Practice and Pedagogy
    EML525 English in the World
    EML526 Language Testing and Assessment
    EML527 English for Specific Purposes
    EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience (4 points)


    MASTER OF TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (TESOL) (RESEARCH PATHWAY)
    This course consists of 68 points comprising six x 8-point core subjects, one x 16-point core subject and one x 4-point core subject, as detailed below:

    Core subjects (8 subjects)
    EML509 Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language
    EML510 Language: Theory, Acquisition & Development
    EML514 Approaching TESOL Research
    EML515 Technologies for TESOL
    EML524 TESOL Across Curriculum, Practice and Pedagogy
    EML525 English in the World
    EML528 TESOL Dissertation (16 points)
    EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience (4 points)


    KEY SUBJECTS
    Key subjects contain critical information that students must master in order to progress in their course.  Passing a key subject is one of the indicators of satisfactory academic progress in a course.  Student must pass key subjects at no more than two attempts.  Key subjects for the above 3 courses are as follows:

    EML509 Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language
    EML510 Language: Theory, Acquisition & Development

    Enrolment pattern

    The recommended enrolment pattern is part-time. Full-time study is subject to the approval of the Course Coordinator.

    GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (TESOL)

    SESSION 1 (February) commencement –

    Year 1 - Session 1
    EML509 English Grammar
    EML525 English in the World

    Year 1 - Session 2
    EML510 Language Theory, Learning and Development
    EML524 TESOL across Curriculum, Practice, and Pedagogy
    EPT504 TESOL Workplace Experience (4 points)

    SESSION 2 (July) commencement -

    Year 1 – Session 2
    EML510 Language: Theory, Acquisition & Development
    EML524 TESOL Across Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Practice

    Year 1 - Session 3
    EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience (4 points)

    Year 2 - Session 1
    EML509 Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language
    EML525 English in the World

    MASTER OF TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (TESOL)

    SESSION 1 (February) commencement -

    Year 1 - Session 1
    EML509 Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language
    EML525 English in the World

    Year 1 - Session 2
    EML510 Language: Theory, Acquisition & Development
    EML524 TESOL across Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Practice

    Year 1 - Session 3
    EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience (4 points)

    Year 2 - Session 1
    EML514 Approaching TESOL Research
    EML515 Technologies for TESOL

    Year 2 - Session 2
    EML526 Language Testing and Assessment
    EML527 English for Specific Purposes


    SESSION 2 (July) commencement -

    Year 1 - Session 2
    EML510 Language: Theory, Acquisition & Development
    EML524 TESOL across Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Practice

    Year 2 - Session 1
    EML509 Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language
    EML525 English in the World

    Year 2 - Session 2
    EML526 Language Testing and Assessment
    EML527 English for Specific Purposes

    Year 2 - Session 3
    EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience (4 points)

    Year 3 - Session 1
    EML514 Approaching TESOL Research
    EML515 Technologies for TESOL


    MASTER OF TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (TESOL) (RESEARCH PATHWAY)

    SESSION 1 (February) commencement -

    Year 1 - Session 1
    EML509 English Grammar
    EML525 English in the World

    Year 1 - Session 2
    EML510 Language: Theory, Acquisition & Development
    EML524 TESOL across Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Practice

    Year 1 - Session 3
    EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience (4 points)

    Year 2 - Session 1
    EML514 Approaching TESOL Research
    EML515 Technologies for TESOL

    Year 2 - Session 2
    EML528 TESOL Dissertation (16 points)


    NOTE:
    1. Students can choose to complete EPT504 either in Year 1 or in Year 2.
    2. Students who wish to undertake the course full-time should consult Course Director for enrolment patterns.
    3. Students who wish to follow the Research Pathway can either apply directly to commence in this course, or they can apply for a course transfer into the course after completion of EML509, EML510, EML524, and EML525.
    4. Students who wish to follow the Research Pathway should consult the Course Director for an enrolment pattern if commencing in Session 2.

  • Admission information

    Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages must hold an undergraduate degree, three-year diploma, or other qualifications deemed to be AQF equivalent.

    English Language Proficiency
    Standard English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. Refer to http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/apply/english-language for the specific requirements. This will apply to both domestic and international applicants. Offer may be conditional on ELP but applicants will be required to provide evidence of meeting these requirements before the start of studies.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineBathurstFPPGYYNOETE
    DirectOnlineBathurstFPOSYYNJEOL

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 36 points.

  • How to apply
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  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS032 Introduction to Online Learning
    • SSS034 Essay Writing – Style and Structure

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on theSTUDY LINKwebsite.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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