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Introduction to TESOL

Are you looking for your next challenge as a teacher? With a TESOL qualification, you could help students from all over the world develop their English language skills, which will empower them to explore new opportunities. What could be more rewarding than that? 

Through Open Universities Australia, you can compare and enrol in online TESOL courses offered by top universities. We're here to advise you about your study options, so you can find the right path. We can also help you unlock flexible new ways of studying online. 

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Online TESOL subjects and short courses

Curtin University

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024, 26 Aug 2024

Enrolments open until 29 Feb

Curtin University


Introduction to Language

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 27 May 2024, 25 Nov 2024

Curtin University


Materials Design and Assessment

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024, 26 Aug 2024

Enrolments open until 29 Feb

Curtin University

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 27 May 2024, 25 Nov 2024

Online TESOL degrees

Curtin University

Specialist English language TESOL teachers are in demand worldwide

Add TESOL to your resume to find career opportunities in specialist language centres in Australia and overseas. Gain an appreciation of the value of cultural and linguistic diversity and its place in teaching.

Online & on-campus

6 months full time or part time equivalent

Griffith University

Share your language with the world

Whether you’re planning to teach English in Australia or overseas, this qualification will give you a head start. You’ll work through the elements of teaching, including linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and second language learning.

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

University of Tasmania


Graduate Certificate in Education

Deepen your knowledge and expertise in education

Upgrade your education knowledge and skills to the next level. You’ll explore current theories and innovations in education. Choose a specialisation to focus your studies and build career options. Pursue excellence in the education sector.

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

Available majors

  • Applied Learning,  
  • TESOL,  
  • Leadership,  
  • Inclusive Education,  
  • Non-Specialisation stream,  
Griffith University

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What do you learn in a TESOL course?

In a TESOL course, you'll learn how to teach English in a variety of settings, and to a variety of students.

You can expect to cover topics like: 

  • English language teaching methodologies
  • Common difficulties speakers of other languages may have with English
  • Cultural differences and similarities across select languages 
  • Lesson planning techniques
  • Assessment planning
  • Teaching with technology

Depending on your course, you may also have the chance to go on a teaching placement in a language learning setting. 

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