Teaching English to speakers of other languages


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.

Choose a course that will get you work ready

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 (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, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


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.

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Our education and teaching course finder tool makes it easy for you to find the right course. By answering just a few questions, the tool will provide you with the best options to match your career goals and interests.

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#1 in Australia for education and educational research*

Deakin is ranked #5 globally and #1 in Australia for education and educational research by U.S. News and World Report, a global authority in education rankings. You can be assured that what you learn at Deakin is relevant to the sector and your career.

Learn from the best

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.



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.

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*U.S. News & World Report, Best Global Universities Subject Rankings 2022–2023