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Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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Award granted

Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code054809A
Deakin course codeE780

Note: Applicants must apply for credit transfer and recognition to complete the 8 credit point MTESOL at the time they submit their application for the course.  Documentary evidence of both the 4-year degree and teaching experience needs to be provided at that time.

This course is for pipelining students only.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL) is designed to meet the professional needs of students from a wide diversity of backgrounds in education who wish to teach English as an additional language. 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. This course will enable students to, develop skills in analysing their learners' language, understand the implications of English as an international language and increase their understanding of the language teaching profession in local and global contexts. Students will also develop the ability to critically interpret communication in intercultural contexts.

Professional recognition

MTESOL 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.


Students who are eligible for Victorian Institute of Teaching registration are advised to enrol in the accredited teaching course E752 Master of Education (TESOL) to teach ESL in Australian schools.


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Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (E580)

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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 mode 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. 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

To be awarded a Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, students are required to successfully complete 12 credit points comprising:

  • 4 credit points of core units; and
  • 8 credit points of study as a combination of research and elective units in one of the following three configurations:

Option 1:

  • 2 credit points of research units (EXR781 and EXE740) and
  • 6 credit points of electives

Option 2:

  • 4 credit points of research units including a 2cp research paper (EXR781, EXR791, EXR796, EXR797); and
  • 4 credit points of electives

Option 3:

  • 6 credit points of research units including a 4cp thesis (EXR781, EXR791, EXR798, EXR799); and
  • 2 credit points of electives

Note: Option 3 provides a research pathway for students to apply for entry to PhD.

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Course structure

Core units

Trimester 1

ECL751 Pedagogy in the Globalised Language Classroom  "


Trimester 2

ECL752 Innovation in Language Curriculum  "


Trimester 1, Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

ECL753 Linguistics for Language Teaching  "


Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

ECL756 Discourse Analysis for Language Teaching  "


Elective units

Trimester 1

ECL775 Intercultural Communication in Language Classrooms  "

ECL777 Bilingualism and the Principles and Practices of Language Education  "


Trimester 1 or Trimester 3

ECL773 Learning Global English in Diverse Social Contexts  "


Trimester 2

ECL774 Learning An Additional Language  "

ECL776 Language Testing and Assessment  "

EXE739 Internationalising the Curriculum  "


Trimester 3

ECL754 Language Teaching Practice in Context  "


Research units

EXR781 Education Research Methodology  "

EXR791 Designing and Developing a Research Project  "

EXE740 Independent Reading Study  "

EXR796 Research Paper Part A  "

EXR797 Research Paper Part B  "

EXR798 Minor Thesis Part A  "

EXR799 Minor Thesis Part B  "


Students commencing prior to Trimester 2 2012:

Refer to 2012 Handbook course entry for course structure and rules.


Students commencing between Trimester 2 2012 and Trimester 1 2014:

Refer to 2013 Handbook course entry for course structure and rules.


Students commencing between Trimester 1 2014 and Trimester 1 2015:

Refer to the 2014 Handbook course entry for course structure and rules.


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