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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Studying TESOL at UC

This program provides students with professional qualifications for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) or other foreign language teaching (FLT). It offers an excellent balance of practice and theory and equips students with a solid basis in education, linguistics and applied linguistics. Students gain practical knowledge and skills while reviewing the way that beliefs, principles and theories affect teaching. TESOL/FLT at UC is offered on Bruce Campus. We offer a friendly and supportive learning environment that respects and supports each student in our program.

Students come from Australia and overseas. They speak English as their first, second or other language and they are of different ages and professional or educational backgrounds. Some are experienced teachers, others are novices. All share an interest in language, languages, cultures, and language learning and teaching. Students are interested in teaching English and/or a foreign language apart from English.

Our program is internationally valued and now over 30 years old. Our graduates work all over Australia and the world, many in senior positions.

Testimonials

Read what students had to say about our TESOL program:

  • Paitaya Meesat graduated with a B.A. (Thai) and M.A. (Thai) from the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.  She also graduated with a M.A. and PhD. from University of Canberra, Australia.  Paitaya has worked as a lecturer at Dhurakij Pundit University, Thailand since 2006

"One of my best experiences was studying in TESOL program of Faculty of Arts and Design at University of Canberra. I completed both Master and Doctoral degrees in this program. For me, the professors at the TESOL program offered me the practical learning that I needed to succeed after graduation along with a caring and supportive environment that was attentive to the needs of international students like me.  Moreover, all professors especially my supervisors were easy to reach. They always gave me great guidance and feedback.  If I have one more chance to select a place to further my study, TESOL program of University of Canberra would certainly be my first choice again".

  • Didin Hidayat, Indonesia, TESOL Master Program 2007-2009, TESOL Ph.D Program 2013-present

"It was a great journey studying at the TESOL program. I learned not only solid theoretical aspects of English language teaching, but also the practical ones. The acquisition of those aspects significantly contributed to the advancement of my skills as a teacher of English, and in turn to my career. Thanks for the lecturers who had shared their extensive experience and knowledge. Now, I'm back to learn more from the TESOL Ph.D program."

Course Information

Practical Experience

Students undertaking the MA TESOL have the chance to observe classes at the University of Canberra College English Language Centre (UCCELC) and at other institutions in Canberra. Opportunities to engage in tutoring and classroom teaching (this is often the case) are also provided as part of the program.

Graduates from our program frequently find employment locally in the UCCELC and in other post-secondary language teaching programs in the ACT, as well as in various parts of Australia and overseas.

Career Options

Wherever languages are learned there is a need for teachers. Qualified English as a Foreign or Second Language teachers are especially in demand in this era as English has become a global language. Teachers of foreign languages, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese can find jobs in government or private schools or ethnic schools which teach a variety of languages.

Opportunities for TESOL/FLT graduates from our courses are:

  • Overseas: there is a huge demand, particularly for English teachers, from schools, colleges, universities and private language centres throughout the world. Most institutions, for purposes of quality, will only hire teachers with respectable academic qualifications.
  • In Australia: the non-government sector is the main source of work, chiefly university and private language centres, Technical and Further Education colleges, such as the Canberra Institute of Technology, Dickson College, ANU College, and UC College.

Teaching languages in the Australian school system

In order to teach ESL or a foreign language in the Australian public school system you need a Bachelor Education or a Graduate Diploma of Education. Serving school teachers who are without specific academic qualifications in TESL may take our undergraduate subjects in Teaching English as a Second Language to upgrade their qualifications. Secondary or primary teachers of ESL or Languages Other Than English may enrol in our postgraduate courses for the sake of professional development and further opportunities in the teaching field.

Staff in the program are highly qualified and have rich international experience, in Japan, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, the Middle East, Great Britain, Germany, USA, New Zealand and Australia. They speak a number of languages and are passionate about the teaching and learning of languages. They have all received University of Canberra Teaching awards for their outstanding contribution to student learning. They have diverse areas of research expertise in language learning, such as language teaching methodology, blended language learning, applied linguistics, discourse analysis, intercultural communication, and lexicography.

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Dr. Deborah Hill

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Associate Professor Elke Stracke

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