Become a TESOL teacher

Become a TESOL teacher

Adult education TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. TESOL is carried out in almost every country in the world, and is a growing field, as more and more people see the English language as an important part of their daily lives.

Who are the students?

TESOL students are people whose first language is not English. In Australia, these people might be migrants, refugees, children from culturally diverse backgrounds in primary or high school, or international students in language colleges. Overseas, students learn English in primary and high school, and in many cases, adults go to private colleges to learn English.

Where do TESOL teachers work?

Teachers who are already qualified to teach in primary and high schools can teach English as a second language (ESL) as a specialisation. Others can use the Graduate Certificate of TESOL to qualify them to work in TAFE colleges, university language colleges, private language colleges and community centres. Overseas, there are many opportunities in all kinds of English teaching and learning contexts.

Career pathway and courses for TESOL

After you graduate with the Graduate Certificate of TESOL, you can teach in one of the contexts mentioned below. Career pathways include becoming teacher trainers, materials writers, test writers, head teachers, curriculum developers and academic managers. There are many ways that your career can develop once you start to teach English.

  • Teach in an English language college (ELICOS - English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) or for an AMEP (Australian Migrant English Program) provider in Australia with your recognised university degree and your Macquarie University TESOL certificate qualification.
  • Teach in schools and colleges overseas. Although there is no recognised international accrediting body for the TESOL industry, Macquarie University's excellent reputation in the field of TESOL and Applied Linguistics has helped holders of the Graduate Certificate of TESOL gain teaching positions in many overseas contexts.
  • Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of TESOL can gain full credit for their studies when they enrol in the Master of Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

* Teachers accredited at Professional Competence with NESA (NSW) can apply to have postgraduate studies recognised by the Board as contributing to the professional development requirements for maintaining that accreditation.

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