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

Course summary for international students


2017 course information

Award granted

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

LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code E552
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (Education) develops specialised expertise for teaching English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) in the primary, secondary and adult sectors both inside and outside of Australia.

This course is designed to provide qualified teachers eligible to teach in Australia with a grounding in the theory and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages and for experienced teachers who wish to develop their professional skills and knowledge in the discipline.

Professional recognition

Endorsed by Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) for specialist teaching.

Career opportunities

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Acquire advanced and specialised knowledge of and the ability to apply the theoretical principles, concepts and methodologies which underpin contemporary approaches to TESOL 


Effectively communicate to a range of audiences the key concepts relevant to TESOL including second language teaching methodologies, theories of second language acquisition, and structural aspects of language 

Digital literacy

Have advanced knowledge of and technical proficiency in digital technologies that can be specifically used to creatively support TESOL 

Critical thinking

Critically analyse and reflect on current theories in second language acquisition, TESOL principles and practice 

Problem solving

Use advanced knowledge of second language teaching methodologies and understanding of the diverse needs of students to frame creative solutions to problems of pedagogy in TESOL and apply these in a range of classroom teaching scenarios 


Understand the importance of self-directed learning for professional growth and demonstrate responsibility for individual intellectual development


Collaborate effectively with others to achieve high standards and best practice in TESOL 

Global citizenship

Appreciate the value of cultural and linguistic diversity and its place in TESOL and use knowledge of the sociocultural contexts of TESOL to enhance teaching and learning

Approved by Faculty Board 2015


Course rules

To be awarded the Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (Education), students are required to successfully complete 4 credit points of core units.  

Course structure

Core Units

Students must complete the following 4 core units: 

ETL700Pedagogy for EAL Classrooms

ETL704Innovation in Language Curriculum

ETL705Pedagogic Grammar

ETL706Reflective Practice in EAL and Languages Classrooms

Course Map

Course Map

Professional Experience Placement

Students must ensure they have a current up to date Working with Children Check prior to going on placement. 

For further information contact the School of Education, Professional Experience office.