Teaching English to speakers of other languages

Discipline

Learn how to connect social and cultural contexts with language acquisition theory. Suitable for students with or without teaching experience, our teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) courses enable you to develop competencies in areas such as curriculum, assessment and pedagogy.

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Broaden your personal and professional horizons with a career that traverses cultural borders. Our internationally recognised TESOL courses will give you a comprehensive grounding in theory and practice, meaning you'll graduate with highly specialised skills to suit a variety of teaching environments in Australia and overseas.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Research

Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Career opportunities

As this is a specialist field, you’ll firstly need a recognised teaching qualification if you wish to teach in Australia. Students who seek such an initial qualification should consider the Master of Teaching or Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary).

When you complete a specialist TESOL 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.

Learn from the best

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.

Partnerships

We have strong partnerships with education communities, governments and research institutions in Australia and overseas, particularly in Europe, the Asia-Pacific Region and Latin America.

Research with us

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.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning Languages (CTaLL) is a research group within the TESOL/languages team that develops worldwide partnerships and serves as a forum for our postgraduate research students and their work.

Learn more about researching with us

Deakin alumni – get a head start with your postgraduate fees

If you're a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.  Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply.

Learn more about our alumni postgraduate bursary

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