Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Postgraduate coursework

Gain specialist teaching skills via Deakin's postgraduate course, the Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS band score overall 6.5, no band less than 6.0

Duration

0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

This graduate certificate responds to a growing local and international demand for knowledge and skills in the practical provision of TESOL education programs. It will appeal to prospective students currently working, or who are seeking employment, in schools and adult learning contexts within Australia and abroad, and who may or may not hold a Bachelor’s degree in education or a language-related area. Graduates will be able to apply for work in TESOL education broadly, or consolidate their practice if already employed. The course provides a pathway to further study in the Master of TESOL.

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, students must attain 4 credit points.

The course comprises a total of 4 credit points including:

  • 4 credit points of core units [ETL702, ETL703, ETL708, ETL715]
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core units

  • Linguistics for Second Language Teachers
  • Intercultural Communication in Language Classrooms
  • Language Teaching in Practice
  • Internationalising the Curriculum
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages
    Year

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    E504
    CRICOS code?
    089292C Burwood (Melbourne)
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status

    The course is approved by the University pursuant to the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Note: Full time study available for Trimester 1 only.

    Course commences Trimester 1, 2021. 

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    International students are required to study full-time to complete their course within the duration registered on CRICOS.

    Workload

    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period for each credit point undertaking required teaching, learning and assessment activities.

    Participation requirements

    Students are required to participate actively in the weekly class and tutorial activities provided in Cloud Deakin, and complete the scheduled learning tasks.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree or higher; OR
    • at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent); OR
    • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Recognition of Prior Learning may be granted to applicants based on prior studies and/or equivalent industry experience.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    This course is designed to provide entry-level skills and knowledge for professional practice in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages. The course also provides professional development for teaching English to speakers of other languages in adult education contexts and for teaching English overseas.

    For more information go to 'DeakinTALENT '

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Critically analyse and apply advanced and specialist knowledge of the principles of contemporary curriculum design, pedagogy and assessment practices and their application for the teaching of English across a range of diverse professional learning and educational contexts

    Communication

    Employ a range of oral and written communication skills and standards required of professional educators and learning professionals to be able to transmit complex knowledge in one or more languages to students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and in professional and scholarly contexts.

    Digital literacy

    Apply a range of digital technologies and data sources to create, search, analyse, report, evaluate and communicate within the practice and scholarship of teaching and learning of languages.

    Critical thinking

    Critically review, analyse and synthesise complex ideas and make informed judgements to improve teaching and learning approaches in languages education and applied linguistics.

    Problem solving

    Apply specialist knowledge of relevant learning theories to identify, analyse and evaluate authentic problems of practice, and generate informed and innovative solutions.

    Approved by Faculty Board August 2020