Master of Arts (TESOL)
Teach English as an additional language, anywhere in the world
Join an international postgraduate community in this collaborative learning experience. Cover English language teaching theory. Prepare to teach English in diverse contexts. Get practical experience in an English language teaching setting.
Bond University does things differently. Your lecturers will know you and your tutors will invest time in you, so that your learning will get the attention it deserves. It's this individual approach that the university believes sets them apart. It's also why, for 13 years running, Bond University has received the highest possible ranking for student experience in Australia from the independent Good Universities Guide.
By the end of the Program, students of the Master of Arts (TESOL) (Online), are able to:
- Develop and demonstrate knowledge of the most current and relevant theories of language, linguistics, language acquisition and pedagogies for teaching English as a Second or Additional Language, in diverse contexts including online teaching, evidenced through completing authentic and relevant assessment tasks;
- Apply the knowledge of the pedagogical principles in practical classroom contexts during the Teaching Practicum, evidenced through delivering interesting, well-planned and effective ES/AL lessons;
- Gain the knowledge necessary for being able to independently develop a wide range of teaching skills such as classroom strategies, language curricula, assessment instruments or digital resources, through developing authentic projects throughout the program;
- Develop a personalised professional teaching philosophy, preparing you for working in increasingly globalised, digitalised and intercultural educational contexts, at the time of rapid change, evidenced throughout the participation in the Master of Arts (TESOL) in TESOL activities throughout the program.
The graduates of the Bond University Master of Arts (TESOL) work as educators in diverse contexts, in Australia and globally. Master of Arts (TESOL) equips ELT professionals with an in-depth knowledge of ELT pedagogy and a wide range of practical skills suitable for teacher beginners and for teachers who wish to extend their qualifications and re-energise their careers.
Successful completion of the program qualifies you to teach in Australia and overseas. In Australia, depending on your prior qualifications, the degree enables you to be a teacher in English Language Teaching Centres. As the Master of Arts in TESOL delivers a postgraduate qualification at the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 9, it also fulfils the TESOL qualification (postgraduate) requirement for Academic Managers of the ELT Centres.
The degree also assists our graduates in developing their careers in international business, education, international relations, diplomacy and many other professions where excellent intercultural awareness and intercultural skills are a key to the job’s success.
Wherever you apply for a job, your eligibility of employment will depend on employer requirements, which can differ significantly. Please note that this program does not in itself fulfill the requirements for teaching in the Australian school systems, for which you will need a separate degree in education. For more details about requirements of teacher qualifications in Australia, visit the following websites: National ELT Accreditation Scheme (http://www.neas.org.au/home) and the Australian Qualifications Framework (www.aqf.edu.au).
- Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent in education, language, linguistics, applied linguistics or language related disciplines at an approved institution; or
- Recognised qualification in teacher education; or hold an undergraduate degree, plus a certification in TESOL OR a minimum five years experience in teaching English.
Please note: This program is available to Australian students and international students outside Australia (not available to international student visa holders present in Australia). Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.
English Proficiency Requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.
Students require either a PC, Mac desktop or laptop computer with PDF reader installed. Microsoft office is desirable but not essential.
Access to a webcam, speakers and microphone are essential. A headset device (mic & headphones) is recommended but not essential. Please note that many computers may have these built in already, please check with your supplier before purchasing additional items.
Mobile devices like Android and Apple devices have Applications (apps) for you to download for online study; these have limited operation and may not be suitable for some tutorials.
As part of the Master of Arts (TESOL) Online program, students are required to complete a practical teaching component of at least six (6) hours of supervised and evaluated teaching. Students are required to source a suitably qualified supervising teacher in their home country who can evaluate their practice in an English language teaching setting. Students must complete a portfolio of tasks which are to be submitted to the course lecturer along with a recording of their sessions. The Practicum is a component of the subject Professional Practice in Language Teaching (LING71-102).
For information please contact your subject coordinator.
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information.
With internationalisation revolutionising education globally, the ability to teach in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms is no longer needed only by teachers of English as a Second Language. Being able to work with diverse student cohorts has become essential for all teachers, at all levels of education. The Master of Arts (TESOL) develops knowledge and skills necessary for teaching English as a Second or Additional Language and for working in diverse classrooms in varied educational contexts, in Australia and internationally. The Program equips prospective and experienced teachers with knowledge and skills necessary for working in an increasingly globalised world. Prospective teachers develop abilities for starting a new career. For the current teachers, the TESOL program provides an opportunity for professional development and for extending their specialised qualifications.
The Master of Arts (TESOL) (Online) has two components: theoretical and practical. The Program involves the completion of 12 subjects which (1) develop theoretical knowledge of second language teaching and learning and (2) provide opportunities for teacher trainees to apply these theories in a language classroom. (1) The first component allows the students to engage in synchronous and asynchronous online activities, focusing on the principles of teaching and learning a second/additional language, linking theories with their classroom applications and developing a personalised philosophy and practical approach to classroom teaching. Students explore many applied linguistics fields relevant for teaching and gain knowledge on themes such as how languages work, how language functions in a society or how language learning progresses. They learn a wide range of practical skills such as how to be effective teachers in traditional and online classrooms, how to plan effective and exciting lessons, or how to design valid assessment instruments, language curricula or exciting digital resources for learning. (2) The second, practical component, involves students in an approximately 30-hour Practicum, during which they observe other professionals in action and teach for the minimum of 6 hours under their supervision. The Practicum is organised at Bond University College, an ELT Centre located on the Bond University Gold Coast campus. If students are unable to complete their Practicum at Bond University College, it is their responsibility to secure the placement in another ELT centre. Depending on prior qualifications and individual arrangements, students organise their Practicum in schools or other ELT Centres, with many teachers completing it at the place of their current employment.
Students have an opportunity to work with a lecturer and peers in a virtual classroom, in the weekly interactive and collaborative online tutorials. These sessions, although not compulsory, provide a unique opportunity for being part of a dynamic learning community. Students also engage in self-paced learning through pre-recorded and post-recorded resources and gamified learning activities.
Domestic and international students can commence their studies in the Master of Arts (TESOL) (Online) in the January, May or September semester and they can study either part-time or full-time. The full-time study consists of four subject enrolments. It is estimated that, on average, you will need to spend approximately 10 hours per week, per subject, in order to successfully complete it. Students who are in employment are, therefore, advised to undertake their studies part-time, particularly in their first semester of study.
This program is available to international (offshore) students, however not available for international student visa holders (onshore) residing in Australia.
To qualify for the award of Master of Arts (TESOL), students must complete 120 credit points, as follows:
- 8 Foundation subjects (80 cp) plus 2 Major Option subjects (40 cp)
- 10 Foundation subjects (100cp) plus 2 Minor Option subjects (20cp)
- Research Methods in Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMR71-100)
- Teaching English in Diverse Contexts (LING71-101)
- Professional Practice in Language Teaching (LING71-102)
- Language Teacher Skills (LING71-110)
- Nature of Language (LING71-103)
- Second Language and Learners (LING71-104)
- Language in Society (LING71-105)
- Learning through Observation (LING71-106)
- Language Assessment and Evaluation (LING71-109)
- World Englishes (LING71-111)
- Curriculum Design (LING71-107)
Students choose one (1) of the following options:
- Dissertation in TESOL A (20cp) (LING72-210)
- Dissertation in TESOL B (20cp) (LING72-211)
- Supervised project in TESOL A (10cp) (LING71-602) OR English in Professional Context (10cp) (LING71-108)
- Supervised project in TESOL B (10cp) (LING71-603)
Subjects dependent on commencement of program and Option choice, please refer to program sequence - Master of Arts (TESOL) Online - Program Structure and Sequencing.