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Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages

Course summary for current students

Award granted Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages
Duration 0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code026687E
Deakin course codeE580

This course is an exit only course from 2012.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (GC TESOL ) is a short-term focused study that forms part of and with a direct pathway into the Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL) which is designed to address the wide diversity of educational backgrounds of students who wish to teach English, and to meet their professional needs. This course is offered to Australian students working and/or intending to work overseas as TESOL teachers, students who are unable to leave their place of work or country and wish to study in Cloud (online) mode as well as international students who want to study TESOL in Australia. The course is open to qualified professionals including teachers, in the field of education and training.

This course offers the opportunity for students to critically interpret communication in intercultural contexts; develop skills in analysing their learners' language and English as an international language; and develop an understanding of the language teaching profession in a local and global context.

All staff involved in the provision of the MTESOL are active researchers in their fields. Involvement with current educational issues is reflected in the innovative teaching methods used and the discussion of the most up to date ideas and theories in unit content.


Professional recognition

Students who are qualified teachers and are eligible for Victorian Institute of Teaching registration are advised to enrol in the accredited teaching course E552 Graduate Certificate of Education (TESOL)to teach ESL in Australian schools.


GC TESOL is not an initial teaching qualification in Australia. If an applicant does not already hold a teaching qualification recognized in Victoria they cannot meet VIT requirements through undertaking this course.

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Teaching Methods

The course is offered by campus and Cloud (online) delivery in both full and part time mode. Students may choose to do units in either campus or Cloud (online), full or part time modes. The campus based units will be taught at Burwood (Melbourne). Students receive instructional materials offered through CloudDeakin, CD-ROM and website links.

Interaction with lecturers and classmates is also provided through use of CloudDeakin, email and telephone links. Optional weekend study schools may also be available for some units.

Campus based units are normally delivered late afternoon through face-to-face teaching in scheduled classes at Burwood (Melbourne).

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

The GCTESOL is a 4 credit point course comprising 4 units of study (0.5 year full time or 1 year part time).

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Detailed course rules

Students commencing prior to Trimester 2 2012:

Refer to 2012 Handbook course entry for detailed course rules.


Students commencing from Trimester 2 2012:

Students must successfully complete any 4 units from the MTESOL core units.

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Course structure

Students commencing prior to Trimester 2 2012:

Refer to 2012 Handbook course entry for course structure.

Students commencing from Trimester 2 2012:

MTESOL Core units

Students to select any 4 units

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

ECL753 Linguistics for Language Teaching  


Trimester 1

ECL751 Pedagogy in the Globalised Language Classroom  


Trimester 2

ECL752 Innovation in Language Curriculum  

ECL774 Learning An Additional Language  


Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

ECL756 Discourse Analysis for Language Teaching  


Trimester 3

ECL754 Language Teaching Practice in Context  


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