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Master of Arts (TESOL)

MA(Curtin) - MC-APLING Humanities
Location Bentley or Vietnam This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

This course is designed for professionals in the field of language education. It focuses on language acquisition theories and the role of language in society, particularly in transcultural settings. It will also encourage you to enhance your skills in TESOL and consider issues connected with TESOL teaching globally.

Theoretical units feed into practical units of language teaching methodologies, and course design and assessment, while the unit Special Topics in Applied Linguistics focuses upon specific areas of contemporary relevance. You will also learn the basics of research methods in applied linguistics and will be given the scope to conduct your own independent study, which could prepare you for a future in research.

You will evaluate current second language acquisition theory and consider the roles and status of languages in multicultural societies, particularly in Asia. You will consider contrastive learning and teaching styles with special reference to teacher-student roles in Asian and Australian societies. You will also learn to effectively plan and evaluate language teaching, schemes of work/syllabuses, and language assessment procedures.

You will be able to take alternative pathways - coursework or research. If you aim to undertake doctoral level studies in the future you are advised to complete the research dissertation pathway. Graduates of the research pathway are expected to be able to plan and conduct research, and to develop and evaluate projects with a high degree of initiative, independence and resourcefulness.

This course is designed for teachers intending to work in Australia or overseas, and is available to domestic and international students.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

A teaching degree of at least four years full-time or part-time equivalent
A bachelor degree of at least three years full-time or part-time equivalent and a Graduate Diploma in Education or equivalent
A bachelor degree of at least three years full-time or part-time equivalent and a Graduate Certificate in TESOL or equivalent


A demonstrated, extensive teaching background is desirable for all applicants. As a guideline, applicants who do not have English as a first language will need a minimum proficiency of IELTS 6.5, with sub-scores of 6 in all areas.

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.


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. $17,600*

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).

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.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

Career opportunities

  • TESOL (EAL/D) teacher
  • Researcher.


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