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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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Learn about contemporary applied linguistics and TESOL teaching practices for a career in English language education or research.

Course outline
  • Qualification
    Master of TESOL
  • Duration


    2 years full-time
  • Credit




  • Location


    Curtin Perth
Course outline

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Special Study Period 4, 2023

11 September 2023

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Special Study Period 1, 2024

7 August 2023

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Special Study Period 2, 2024

4 March 2024

9 May 2024

Special Study Period 3, 2024

6 May 2024

8 August 2024

Special Study Period 4, 2024

9 September 2024

7 November 2024

Course outline
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages



As global business markets expand, skilled TESOL educators are increasingly needed in corporate and education sectors around the world. 

In the Master of TESOL you will study a combination of practical and theoretical units which come together to provide a valuable learning experience. You will take units which develop your basic skills in TESOL and improve your English language awareness, and will explore theories which underpin English language teaching. You will gain confidence as a language educator to be able to use technology in your teaching, to provide students with effective learning experiences.   

You will better understand the role of language in society and special topics such as Global Englishes. You will also develop your skills in research, undertaking a research project in your final year.

You will graduate as a skilled language educator with cross-cultural and linguistic awareness, and you will have the potential to find work in countries around the world.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

What jobs can the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages lead to?

  • TESOL (EAL/D) teacher
  • Researcher

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate an ability to apply the theoretical principles and concepts which underpin contemporary TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) specific practices
  • develop an understanding of the diverse needs of students and an ability to frame creative solutions to problems of pedagogy
  • demonstrate an ability to access key texts in the field, analyse key concepts critically and synthesise information from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives
  • communicate effectively, including the ability to communicate key concepts relevant to TESOL
  • develop an awareness of available technologies and insight into how they can be used creatively to a specific advantage in TESOL
  • engage with the theoretical and practical implications for TESOL in a global context
  • develop an appreciation of the value of cultural and linguistic diversity and its place in TESOL
  • formulate and investigate problems, propose solutions to current practices, and reflect critically on the relevant empirical and theoretical literature
  • demonstrate capacity for independent self-directed learning; critically evaluate personal performance through a range of learning interactions; respond to feedback with a view to development as a reflective practitioner and lifelong learner

Professional recognition

The National ELICOS Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) states that English language centre senior managers must complete a TESOL postgraduate course.

After completing this course you can teach English overseas, in Australian private language schools or in university language centres. 

Please note: The course does not lead to a formal teaching qualification.

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

2024 Fee year:




Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

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For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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Special Study Period 2
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Special Study Period 3
  • On campus
  • Online
Special Study Period 4
  • On campus
  • Online

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  • Curtin course code: MC-TESOL
  • CRICOS code: 0101413
  • Last updated on: 2 March 2024

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