Graduate Certificate of TESOL

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This means that KOI is recognised as providing its students with quality education for the courses on offer in line with Australia’s Higher Education Standards.


The Course Overview –  can be used to view the course structure and sequence in which subjects should be studied. All subjects named (LISTED) in the Course Overviews are core subjects and must be studied to satisfy the requirements of the particular award.

The subjects in shaded boxes must be studied in the order they are presented as they provide pre-requisite knowledge for other subjects. The remaining subjects (core and elective) have a recommended trimester, but may be studied in other available trimester slots to suit individual student preferences, provided pre-requisites have been completed.

Students may choose any elective subjects from the list following the Course Overview, provided the subject is offered in the trimester they wish to study it and they have met the relevant pre-requisites.

Graduate Certificate of TESOL (CRICOS 083136G)

The Graduate Certificate of TESOL is a course designed for prospective teachers wishing to teach English to speakers of other languages. The course consists of 4 core subjects which prepares students for a variety of language teaching contexts in Australia and overseas. It integrates current theory and practice of TESOL, including teaching methodologies, programming and planning, and linguistics for language teaching. King’s Own Institute works closely with other language teaching providers in Sydney to organise practicum placements, access current industry trends, resources and expertise in teaching methodology, and to identify resources and trends in the field. The course includes a supervised practicum.

The course also provides the foundation for students wanting to progress to the Graduate Diploma of TESOL or the Master of Arts (TESOL).

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of theories of second language acquisition and language teaching relevant to TESOL
  2. Demonstrate skills in critical thinking to identify, analyse and evaluate current theories and developments relevant to TESOL
  3. Communicate complex knowledge to a range of audiences from diverse cultures and linguistic backgrounds
  4. Demonstrate skills in the application of knowledge and problem-solving and the ability to think rigorously and independently
  5. Demonstrate skills and exercise judgement in planning lessons and delivering them in a TESOL classroom.

Delivery Mode

  • Face-to-Face with blended learning facilities

Subject Credit Points

  • 4 Credit Points each subject

Exit Pathways

  • NA

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of TESOL may find employment opportunities locally or overseas teaching English as a second or foreign language.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of TESOL may apply for admission into KOI’s Graduate Diploma of TESOL or Master of Arts (TESOL) with credit given for studies completed within the Graduate Certificate of TESOL. Graduates are also eligible to apply for admission into further postgraduate qualifications in Australia and overseas.

The table in the pop-up window here gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at KOI. It provides data on students that commenced Graduate Certificate of TESOL study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available, including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.

The table in the pop-up window here gives ATAR profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in Trimester 1, 2023

General admission criteria apply to the course.

Course Overview

The Graduate Certificate of TESOL has 4 core subjects studied over 2 trimesters.

Course Conditions:
To be permitted to enrol in this course:
1. Students must have completed a Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or higher

This course planner assumes no Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) has been approved and all subjects will be passed.Should either of these circumstances change, the course planner will need to be carefully planned to take into account pre-requisite subjects and available timeframes.

Planning progression to allow course completion within 2 trimesters – all subjects must be studied in the order shown below.


First Trimester

TSL700Language Teaching Methodologies
TSL719Grammar for Language Teachers
TSL720Academic Literacy for TESOL

Second Trimester

TSL718TESOL Practicum
Pre-req: TSL700

Note: Master of Arts (TESOL) and Graduate Diploma of TESOL students must complete TSL718 TESOL Practicum to receive the Graduate Certificate of TESOL as an exit award.


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