Graduate Certificate in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





0.5 year full-time
1 year part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$10,750.00* per year (more)
* 2021 indicative annual fee

Admission requirements

  • Any Bachelor degree or higher


Commencing in

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

Next start date

Trimester 3, 2021 (more)

Applications close

Sunday, 24 October 2021

About this program

Advance your practice in English teaching

Specialise in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) with this graduate certificate. You will study a range of topics in TESOL and applied linguistics, providing you with the tools to deliver effective, evidence-based lessons to people learning English.

The lessons of this program will familiarise you with the structure of the English language and the terms and tools that can be used to analyse the features of written and spoken text. This increased awareness ensures you can identify some of the structural barriers which language learners must overcome to become competent English users.

You'll also gain improved knowledge of contemporary issues in second-language curriculum development, designing and implementing your own unit of work targeting a particular group of learners.

With a deeper understanding of the linguistic, cognitive, and pedagogical aspects of language learning and knowledge about the various analytical tools used for the study of language learning and acquisition, you'll be equipped to be a more effective teacher.

Industry and expert connections

This program takes an interactive, problem-based approach to teaching, using practical examples and case studies, and you'll have extensive opportunity to connect with your fellow students.

You will observe second language classes in action at a recognized English language school as part of the internship that's core to this course. You'll initially undergo a combination of lectures and workshops and observation of working teachers in classrooms before you plan and teach a class for second language learners. This is an invaluable opportunity to gain experience and make connections at English language schools.

Graduate outcomes

You will find employment opportunities locally or overseas teaching English as a second or foreign language, teaching a language other than English, or working in leadership positions in language teaching institutions. Opportunities may exist at at TAFEs or technical colleges, private language schools, or language teaching institutions for migrants.


Study anytime, anywhere - This degree is available online through our Digital campus, giving you more room to fit university with your work and social life.

Pursue further study

The courses in this graduate certificate may be credited towards a related graduate diploma or masters degree. Griffith's innovative Credit Precedent Database allows you to find out what credit decisions have been made in the past, which will give you an idea of what you can expect.

Related programs

Code Program title Campus Intake
3016 Graduate Certificate in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (this program) Nathan, Online Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3
5727 Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Nathan, Online Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

Note: Progression through this program suite is dependent upon satisfying admission requirements.

Attendance information

Trimester 1 and 2

The Trimester 1 and 2 intakes of this program are undertaken PART-TIME only and in on/off-campus modes at Nathan.

For on-campus students, lectures will be held at Nathan on weekdays between 17:00-20:00 hours. On-campus students are required to attend all lectures and workshops for relevant courses in their program. The Trimester 1 and 2 intakes also offered in off-campus (external) mode which means that there is no requirement for on-campus attendance. You will be provided course materials online via Learning@Griffith. You will need access to a reliable internet connection.

Trimester 3

The Trimester 3 intakes of this program is undertaken FULL-TIME only and in on-campus mode at Nathan. The Trimester 3 intake is not available for off-campus (external) students.

Note: International students studying in Australia on a student visa (and are required to study full-time) will only be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in TESOL when commencing in Trimester 3.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Work-integrated learning

Courses within this degree include work-integrated learning experiences such as:

  • professional practice/work placements,
  • industry projects performed at the university or in a workplace, 
  • volunteer work for organisations such as not-for-profit organisations, 
  • learning activities within virtual and simulated work environments.
  • To experience this type of learning, you need to enrol in specific courses, such as Second Language Teaching in Practice (Internship). These courses may be either core or elective to your degree.

My career opportunities

People across the world are learning to speak English, and competent, qualified English language teachers are in demand both in Australia and overseas. While this program does not lead to teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers, it will kick-start your career in English language teaching in a variety of settings and locations.

Key employment sectors

  • Education and Training
  • Public Administration and Training

Potential job outcomes

  • Teacher of English to speakers of other languages

*Source: Australian Government Job Outlook.

Fee-paying postgraduate (domestic) students

Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points.

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying postgraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.

Program fees for the Graduate Certificate in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (3016)

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Tuition fees for your degree program
Changing programs

If a postgraduate student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.

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