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Graduate Diploma of TESOL


The Course Overview – can be used to view the course structure and sequence in which subjects should be studied. All subjects named 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 in 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 in TESOL consists of 6 core subjects and 2 electives, 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).

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.

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 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 2, 2021

General admission criteria apply to the course.

Course Overview

Electives: Students must choose 2 Electives from those offered in their second trimester.

First trimester

TSL700 Language Teaching Methodologies
TSL701 Linguistics for Language Teaching
TSL702 Learning an Additional Language
Co-req: TSL700
TSL704 TESOL Curriculum Development
Co-req: TSL700

Second trimester

TSL713 Research Methods of TESOL
TSL705 Language Testing and Assessment
Pre-req: TSL701


Students will be required to complete an assessed practicum component included as part of a core subject (TSL704 TESOL Curriculum Development) and again as an elective subject (TSL712 English for Academic and Specific Purposes)

The practicum includes 15 hours of observation and collaboration with an assigned teacher/facilitator and 6 hours teaching inclusive of a 1 hour assessed teaching placement in an English Language Centre. Students are required to attend these specified hours at the English Language Centre in addition to their scheduled class hours at KOI. Students do not receive any payment for their teaching in the English Language Centre. These extra hours required to be undertaken by students would come into effect during the trimester when the subjects incorporating the practicum component are studied.

TESOL Electives (Subject to availability)
TSL703 Phonology and the Teaching of Pronunciation (no pre-requisites)
TSL706 New Technologies and New Literacies in Language Teaching (no pre-requisites)
TSL707 Leading and Managing Learning Organisations (no pre-requisites)
TSL709 Literature and Language Teaching (TSL704 TESOL Curriculum Development)
TSL711 Intercultural Communication (TSL700 Language Teaching Methodologies)
TSL712 English for Academic and Specific Purposes (TSL704 TESOL Curriculum Development)

Management Elective
MGT702 Human Resource Management (no pre-requisites)


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