Teaching English to speakers of other languages



Our postgraduate courses address the diversity of educational backgrounds of students interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). They cater to students with or without teaching experience.

Our courses closely connect theory and current research with practice and foster the development of strong principles for the teaching and learning of English as a foreign or additional language. They also connect social and cultural contexts to language acquisition theory, and develop competencies in all key areas, including curriculum, assessment, pedagogy and pedagogical grammar.

Please note: our courses do not provide an initial teaching qualification for primary or secondary teaching in Australia. Students who seek such an initial qualification should consider the Master of Teaching or Master of Applied Learning and Teaching.

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Deakin’s TESOL team have a breadth of expertise in language teaching and learning, including experience in a wide range of cultural contexts. They are all active researchers in the field, and have a strong commitment to language education in intercultural contexts, both nationally and internationally.


We have developed strong partnerships with education communities, governments and research institutions in Australia and overseas, particularly in Europe, the Asia-Pacific Region and Latin America. The Centre for Teaching and Learning Languages (CTaLL) is a research group within the TESOL/Languages team which both develops these connections and serves as a forum for our postgraduate research students and their work.

Teaching English to speakers of other languages courses

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If you’ve got a unique insight to bring to teaching English to speakers of other languages, take on a higher degree by research. We have the staff expertise and industry links to help you make a difference to the education community.

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Our community

Our courses are endorsed by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), and regarded as specialist teaching. We’ve also got links with a number of industry partners including:

  • Department of Education and Training (DET)
  • National Taiwan Normal University
  • International Centre for Classroom Research, University of Melbourne
  • various schools
  • VicTESOL
  • universities in Germany, Sweden and Mexico.

Career opportunities

As this is a specialist field, you’ll firstly need a recognised teaching qualification if you wish to teach in Australia. When you complete this course, you’ll be able to teach TESOL in nearly any school or institution (dependent on what level of teaching you’re qualified for – primary, secondary or other). This is also a widely recognised qualification for teaching overseas.

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