TESOL courses

Learn how to teach English as a second language and take your education career across the globe

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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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Louise studied education with Curtin University through Open Universities Australia

TESOL study FAQs

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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