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Graduate Certificate of TESOL


Faculty of Human Sciences
Graduate Certificate of TESOL (GradCertTESOL)
Admission Requirement:
Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Internal, External
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 0.5 years
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
External — Session 1 (February)
External — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 0.5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points 16
Minimum number of credit points at 600 level 8
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 8
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

600 level

Language Teaching Methodologies (4)
Planning and Programming in TESOL (4)

800 level

Linguistics and Language Teaching (4)
Practicum in TESOL (4)


Program Learning Outcomes and Additional Information
AQF Level Level 8 Graduate Certificate
CRICOS Code 083010M
Overview and Aims of the Program The Graduate Certificate of TESOL is a course designed for prospective teachers of English for speakers of other languages who wish to teach in one or more of a variety of contexts in Australia and overseas. The course integrates current theory and practice of TESOL, including teaching methodologies, programming and planning, and linguistics for language teaching. It also includes an integrated professional experience unit involving teaching practice in a school. Course units other than the professional experience unit may be taken in on-campus blended mode and/or online mode. The course prepares teachers to practice TESOL with students of all ages from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds. Teachers qualified to teach in Australian schools are able to specialise in ESL after graduation. The course provides a pathway to further study in Applied Linguistics and TESOL.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. apply specialised knowledge of a) language teaching methodology and b) linguistics to language teaching and learning programs in a variety of TESOL contexts (K, P, E, J)
2. analyse and critically evaluate language learning contexts and apply appropriate teaching methodology to suit the range of contextual factors, including sociocultural, institutional and individual learner characteristics (T, K, P, E, J)
3. use appropriate communication strategies to guide learners of varying language proficiency in language learning activities (C, T, J)
4. analyse and assess language produced by learners in order to inform future learning and to report learner progress (K, T, P, J)
5. apply a range of strategies to communicate knowledge about language to learners (C, K, T)
6. undertake programming for language learning over a series of lessons (K, T, P, E, J)
7. plan language learning activity to take account of individual language learners within defined groups of learning and implement differentiated instructional techniques (K, T, P, E, J)
8. critically engage with peers and senior colleagues in observing, reflecting upon and improving each other's teaching practice (K, P, E, J)
9. critically reflect on your own practice and identify aspects that lead to successful language learning, and factors that require adjustments in order to improve their impact on learners (K, P, E, J).
Learning and Teaching Methods You will be supported in a variety of ways throughout this program to develop your knowledge and understanding of key areas of the practice of English language teaching to speakers of other languages. Methods for making this information available to you include face to face seminars, recorded mini lectures, lecture notes, textbooks, research articles and web-based materials.

Teaching and learning activities include small group discussions aimed at problem solving and collaborating with fellow students to develop practical language teaching applications. They also include online discussions, in-class simulations of second language teaching, analysing language learners' speaking and writing in order to develop strategies for assisting them with their language learning, and analysing video recordings of language lessons.

A unique aspect of the program is a structured Practicum, where you will be placed in a school or college environment. During this practical experience component, you will observe experienced language teachers working with language learners, and you will be supervised during a series of practice teaching sessions with these or similar learners. You will complete a comprehensive portfolio of work from this Practicum that will be a useful document to show potential employers.
Assessment Assessment of learning outcomes through:
• formative (developmental) feedback as students develop practical applications of theoretical TESOL principles during workshops and seminars (e.g. peer teaching of a specific language skill; analysis of a language learners' written text)
• formative and summative (evaluation) assessment as students apply principles of English language teaching and learning to practical, real-world situations. For example developing learning and teaching materials and lesson plans, planning ways to provide feedback to language learners in a specific language learning situation.
• formative and summative assessment as students analyse the language produced by language learners (both speaking and writing), and plan how to engage with the language learner to improve their spoken and written ability.

Main types are:
• seminar discussions, both face-to-face and online
• group and individual development and submission of lesson and unit plans with accompanying essays, justifying planning decisions
• group and individual text analyses with accompanying reports
• group and individual design of learning and teaching materials with accompanying mini-essays justifying the design decisions
• an individual program of a series of practicum-based teaching experiences accompanied by a teaching portfolio showcasing the practicum experience.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Ongoing liaison with the National English Language Teaching Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) ensures the program meets the requirements of the English Language Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) sector and the Australian Migrant English Program (AMEP). Liaison with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) ensures the program meets the requirements of the NSW public schools sector.
Graduate Destinations and Employability Graduates will be able to teach in a variety of Australian and overseas English language teaching contexts, including:
• Australian Migrant English Program (AMEP)
• English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS)
• Primary and Secondary schools ESL programs (for qualified school teachers)
• Overseas language colleges for young, adolescent and adult learners
• Overseas schools as teacher assistants (requirements will vary by country)
• In private companies as language tutors in English for Specific Purposes programs.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148