Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Turn your passion for language into a career
Help students learn English as a second language. Explore how the brain processes foreign languages, so that you understand where students may struggle most. Practice your lesson planning and teaching skills during a practical internship.
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- 24 Oct 21
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The Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) provides academic and pedagogical foundations for professionals who are or will be involved in work that focuses on the learning and teaching of English as a second or foreign language. The degree provides a qualification in the teaching of English in a variety of contexts with a strong focus on teaching in the Asia-Pacific region.
The program content is internationalised and intercultural, focusing on the development of a knowledge base and analytical skills that will enable graduates to operate in a range of roles involving the need to understand how second and foreign languages are learned. Much of the content of the program is also relevant to teachers of languages other than English. The course includes a research component requiring the knowledge and application of research principles and practices relating to professional work or learning in TESOL.
Please note that this program does not lead to teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.
Graduates will find employment opportunities locally or overseas teaching English as a second or foreign language, or working in leadership positions in language teaching institutions. These include opportunities at TAFE or technical colleges, university language centres, private language schools and language teaching institutions for migrants.
There are many rewarding career choices for graduates with this Master of TESOL degree such as:
- ESL/EFL language instructor/literacy educator
- ESL/EFL Director of Studies
- ESL/EFL learning/teaching material writer/editor/assessor/curriculum developer
- TESOL teacher educator
- Academic advisor for students who are interested in learning a second or foreign language including English
- Researcher in language learning/teaching
- Language education policy adviser.
To be eligible for admission to the Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, applicants must:
- hold a Bachelor degree in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution OR
- hold a Bachelor degree or a Graduate Certificate in a related discipline or a Bachelor Honours in a non-related discipline from a recognised tertiary institution (students will be eligible for 40 credit points of advanced standing) OR
- hold a Bachelor Honours degree or a Graduate Diploma in a related discipline from a recognised tertiary institution (students will be eligible for 80 credit points of advanced standing) OR
- have a combination of alternative admission criteria such as formal, informal and non-formal learning deemed to be equivalent to any of the above (students may be eligible for 10 to 80 credit points of advanced standing).
Note: Degrees from overseas institutions must be assessed as equivalent to a recognised Australian qualification.
English Proficiency Requirements
English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:
- A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
- OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
- OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
- OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
- OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)
- OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.
English test results must be no more than two years old.
Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website:
To be eligible for the award of Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL), a student must acquire 160 credit points from the prescribed courses.
To be eligible for the award of Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL), a student admitted with 40 credit points of advanced standing must acquire 120 credit points from the prescribed courses.
To be eligible for the award of Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL), a student admitted with 80 credit points of advanced standing must acquire 80 credit points from the prescribed courses.
This degree may be awarded with Distinction where a student achieves a minimum program GPA of 6.5 with no failed courses. The words 'This award was achieved with Distinction' will be recorded on the testamur.
Degree structure can be found here