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

Graduate certificate

Focus on the theoretical underpinnings of language acquisition and components of language.

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Duration
    6 months full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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My course helped me realise the value in providing meaningful experiences for my students. I now have the qualifications to apply for a range of jobs. If I wanted to teach English overseas, in regional or remote areas or at a refugee centre, these would now be options for me.

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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.

Career information

  • TESOL (EAL/D) teacher

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.

Admission criteria

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 outlined in the IELTS table below.

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

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

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

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:

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Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $9,686*

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).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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Special Study Period 3
  • Online
Special Study Period 4
  • Online
  • Partially online

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How to apply

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

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  • Curtin course code: GC-TESOL
  • Last updated on: 27/09/2022