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

GradCertTESOL(Curtin) - GC-TESOL Humanities
Location Bentley
Study method Part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 1 year part-time

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.

Admission criteria

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.

English language proficiency

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 qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.


Online study is available through Open Universities Australia.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - 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 first year only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. 100 credits are needed to graduate from this course. 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.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis. Under certain circumstances, one unit will be granted to applicants holding the University of Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA).

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

Career opportunities

  • TESOL (EAL/D) teacher.

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