Graduate Diploma 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 Diploma of TESOL (CRICOS 083135J)

The Graduate Diploma of TESOL meets the professional development needs of a wide range of English language teachers and educators teaching people of all ages. It caters for students seeking an initial teaching qualification in teaching English to adult speakers of other languages. It is also well suited to applicants who already possess a teaching qualification and wish to gain a specialist degree in the field as they are eligible for credit recognition.
The Graduate Diploma of TESOL consists of 8 core subjects, providing students with a solid foundation in the skills and knowledge to pursue a successful career in the discipline, and is a means of combining work and travel opportunities, with employment opportunities readily available in Australia and other countries. 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 Master of Arts (TESOL).

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire advanced 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
  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. Show an understanding of the values of scholarly enquiry.
  6. Demonstrate skills and exercise judgement in planning lessons and delivering them in varied TESOL classroom scenarios.

Delivery Mode

  • Face-to-Face with blended learning facilities

Subject Credit Points

  • 4 Points Each Subject

Exit Pathways

  • Graduate Certificate of TESOL

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of TESOL may find employment opportunities locally or overseas teaching English as a second or foreign language, in ELICOS programs (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) and the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).

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

STUDENT PROFILEThe 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 Diploma 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 Diploma of TESOL has 8 core subjects studied over 2 trimesters.

Course Conditions:
To be permitted to enrol in this course:
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

TSL702Learning an Additional Language

TSL719Grammar for Language Teachers

TSL720Academic Literacy for TESOL

Second Trimester

TSL713Research Methods of TESOL
Pre-req: Complete 4 TSL subjects
TSL704Curriculum Development
(Pre-req: TSL700)
TSL705Language Testing and Assessment
Pre-req: TSL700

TESOL Practicum
Pre-req: TSL700


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