About the program
With internationalisation revolutionising education globally, the ability to teach in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms is no longer needed only by English as a Second Language teachers but is becoming essential for all teachers, at all levels of education in Australia and globally. Show more
With internationalisation revolutionising education globally, the ability to teach in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms is no longer needed only by English as a Second Language teachers but is becoming essential for all teachers, at all levels of education in Australia and globally. The Graduate Certificate in TESOL develops knowledge and skills necessary for teaching English as a Second or Additional Language and for working in diverse classrooms in varied educational contexts, in Australia and internationally. The Program is designed to prepare prospective teachers for the initial experience of language teaching and/or to provide experienced educators with an opportunity for professional development and for extending their qualifications.
The Graduate Certificate in TESOL involves the completion of four subjects which (1) develop theoretical knowledge of second language teaching and learning and (2) provide opportunities for teacher trainees to apply these theories in a language classroom. (1) The first component allows the students to engage in the equivalent of 150 contact hours of synchronous and asynchronous online activities, focusing on the principles and applications of teaching English as a Second or Additional Language. Students have an opportunity to work with a lecturer and peers in a virtual classroom, in the weekly interactive and collaborative tutorials. These sessions, although not compulsory, provide a unique opportunity for being part of a dynamic learning community. Students also engage in self-paced learning through pre-recorded and post-recorded resources and gamified learning activities. (2) The second, practical component, involves students in an approximately 30-hour Practicum, during which they observe other professionals in action and teach under their supervision for the minimum of 6 hours. Students can complete the Practicum at Bond University College, an ELT Centre located on the Bond University Gold Coast campus. If students are unable to complete their Practicum at Bond University College, it is their responsibility to secure the placement in another ELT centre. Depending on prior qualifications and individual arrangements, students organise their Practicum in schools or other ELT Centres, with many teachers completing it at the place of their current employment.
(Note: This program does not in itself fulfil the requirements for teaching in the Australian school systems and it is always necessary to verify employer requirements.)
Domestic and international students can commence their studies in the Graduate Certificate in TESOL in the January, May or September semester and Domestic students can choose to study part-time. The full-time study consists of four subject enrolments. It is estimated that, on average, you will need to spend approximately 10 hours per week, per subject, in order to successfully complete it. Students who are in employment are, therefore, advised to undertake their studies part-time, particularly in their first semester. Show less
|Duration||1 semester (4 months)|
|Program type||Postgraduate Certificate|
|Study area||International Relations and Humanities|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
Successful completion of the course qualifies you to teach in an Australian ELICOS institute providing you hold a recognised degree or equivalent. You will also be qualified to teach in many other countries. For more details about requirements of teacher qualifications in Australia, visit the National ELT Accreditation Scheme website.
While we provide advice concerning the current TESOL job opportunities throughout the course, we do not find jobs for course participants.
Students must complete the following two (2) subjects:
Plus two of the following subjects dependent on commencement of the program and subject availability:
- LING71-110 Grammar for Language Teachers
- LING71-104 Second Language Learners
- LING71-113 Language Policy in a Global Context
- LING71-103 Nature of Language
- LING71-105 Language in Society
- LING71-112 Megatrends and Education
Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.
The below fees are based on the total cost, fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.
- 2019 fees: $9,560
- 2020 fees: $10,040
When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.
This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.
Academic entry requirements
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent at an approved institution.
Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information
How to apply
The Bond TESOL Difference
"I chose to study the Graduate Certificate in TESOL program at Bond because it had the most relevance to my interests and best suited my career goal of becoming an English as a Second Language teacher. I was encouraged to apply upon hearing Bond’s excellent reputation and receiving positive feedback from my friends who are past students. They described the campus as clean and spacious and told me about the many facilities that are accessible to students.
My favourite aspect of studying the Graduate Certificate in TESOL program was the cultural diversity of the students and professors. I was able to meet individuals from all over the world who shared their passion for language and culture, which allowed me to acquire a broader range of knowledge as a language teacher. My experience at Bond University undeniably exceeded all of my expectations. The campus was very well maintained and car parking was easily accessible. I continued to be strongly motivated and engaged throughout the course as classes were highly interactive and enjoyable. I am grateful to have developed many positive relationships with classmates and professors, which will continue to flourish throughout our future endeavours.
I felt incredibly supported throughout my time at Bond, as the professors showed a genuine sense of compassion towards my progress throughout the course. The professors were able to determine the strengths and weaknesses of each student and had individualised teaching methods to assist us in reaching our learning potential. While studying the Graduate Certificate of TESOL program, I had the opportunity to participate in a teaching practicum at the Bond University College, where I observed and delivered English lessons to students of mixed nationalities. This practicum allowed me to work closely with the supervising teachers and gain real-world experience teaching English as a Second Language.
The advice that I would pass along to anyone looking to study TESOL is to communicate any time constraints you face with the professors. The professors are very flexible and are understanding of your work schedule and daily life. They are always available to assist with assessment, so you don't have to be nervous! There are many benefits of studying TESOL. Mainly, you have qualification to teach English as a Second Language to non-English speakers anywhere in the world, whether you dream of teaching English here in Australia or travelling internationally.
Compared to some other universities, the class sizes were significantly smaller, which increased the opportunity to collaborate closely with classmates and professors. The teaching staff and administration team continued to offer their best efforts to ensure each student was made to feel welcome. From my very first lesson through to the last, I felt a sense of pride to belong to the Bond community."
"I will never forget my first visit at Bond when I got absolutely impressed by the beauty of campus, calm and studious environment and friendliness of the staff. I first started my job at Bond University as a French teacher where I realized the difference of the quality of teaching, resources and great skills of staff and lecturers. It made me feel like experiencing Bond as a student too which was a great decision. As a student, I enjoy the accessibility of all resources, small classes, friendly ambiance, and all the facilities provided for students such as MLC, Gym, Pool, etc.
I absolutely love the multiculturality of Bond University. Students and staff from across the world are one of the best aspects of Bond which actually educates cultural awareness and equal respect towards all cultures across the world. The friendly and skilful staff is another distinct feature of Bond which provides friendly and stress-free ambiance in the classroom and increases the productivity. The gym and MLC are fantastic too.
Bond helped to prepare me for my current role, as all the subjects I undertook in the Graduate Certificate in TESOL taught me the essential skills for effective teaching. The difference between Bond and other Universities include: the stunning environment, small classes, friendly and staff, great resources and their accessibility, great facilities such as gym, MLC, etc.
I would definitely recommend studying at Bond, because of my unforgettable experience there (all the reasons mentioned above) plus its high ranking in Australia."