Teaching languages

Discipline

Designed for qualified teachers, our languages courses connect theory and current research with practice. Explore a wide range of language teaching methodologies and principles to develop strategies for effective assessment and evaluation.

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Expand your teaching career options with a Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) endorsed languages qualification from Deakin. Our practical and applied approach to learning means you'll graduate with the confidence and specialist knowledge to be able to effectively teach a language other than English.

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

Our specialist language courses are endorsed by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) for meeting the Specialist Area Guidelines for languages teaching, for already qualified primary and secondary teachers. They provide innovative insights into the theory, research and practice of contemporary languages education in global contexts, for both experienced languages educators and teachers who are new to the languages discipline.

As this is a specialist qualification, you will need a recognised initial teaching qualification first if you wish to teach in Australia.

Please note: our courses do not provide an initial teaching qualification for primary or secondary teaching in Australia. Students who seek such an initial teaching qualification should consider the Master of Teaching or Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary).

I admire how Deakin endeavours to create globally conscious citizens. Indonesian language study and the engagement with Indonesia has become an integral part of my life.

Jessica Lundie

Teaching graduate | Head of Language and Indonesian Language Teacher

Partnerships

We have developed strong partnerships with education communities, governments and industry partners, including the Department of Education and Training (DET), Community Languages Australia, the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria (MLTAV), and Teaching Academies and Alliances. We have well-established links with universities and research institutions in Australia and overseas, particularly in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America.

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

Learn from the best

Deakin’s languages education team has 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 languages education in intercultural contexts, both nationally and internationally.

Research with us

If you have unique insights, skills and experiences to bring to languages education, take on a higher degree by research with us.

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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