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The upcoming semester for this program will be delivered in a multi-modal format, with classes designed to support and engage all learners. Whether they’re on campus or abroad, all students will be able to access Bond’s exceptional and personalised learning experience through dynamic and interactive lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab sessions.  

English language teachers are in demand across the world and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is an exciting and rewarding career! By studying a Master of Arts (TESOL) in Australia, graduates are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to teach English as a Second Language anywhere in the world.

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The Bond TESOL Difference

Our Master of TESOL programs offer something different. Hear from our TESOL students, graduates & academics as to what they believe makes our program unique

A key benefit of studying A Master of Arts (TESOL) at Bond is the fully accredited ELICOS language centre located right on campus, Bond University College. Under the supervision, tutelage and mentorship of our highly qualified and internationally experienced teachers, our TESOL students find it beneficial to undertake the practical component of their course on campus, at Bond University College.

The Bond TESOL difference means that students will receive a personalised learning experience, in small class sizes, working with like-minded individuals from all over the world, who bring a truly international flavour to the classroom. The friendships formed often lead to industry contacts and introductions overseas. Our graduates tell us that this combination of practical experience, international perspective and contacts put them way ahead of the competition when it comes to applying for teaching positions.

What our students say

I completed a Master of Arts (TESOL) to teach English to students of other languages. After I graduated, I then began teaching where I learnt English! I love the Bond University campus, it is beautiful and the facilities are amazing. The weather is fantastic, and is very similar to New Caledonia where I grew up. As the class sizes are small you can really build a rapport with the teachers and they are always available and you are not lost, as you are not just a number. I felt really comfortable and did not feel I was lost in something that was too big like I would have been at another university. The most important thing that I will remember is that, I grew up a lot and I really enjoyed every single moment of my time at Bond. I was surrounded by a good support system, from the teachers to the admin staff and from all of my friends that were here. My friends and I were all in the same boat, and they really helped me through every stage of university.

Celia Campenet

About the program

With internationalisation revolutionising education globally, the ability to teach in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms is no longer needed only by teachers of English as a Second Language. Being able to work with diverse student cohorts has become essential for all teachers, at all levels of education. Show more

With internationalisation revolutionising education globally, the ability to teach in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms is no longer needed only by teachers of English as a Second Language. Being able to work with diverse student cohorts has become essential for all teachers, at all levels of education. The Master of Arts (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 equips prospective and experienced teachers with knowledge and skills necessary for working in an increasingly globalised world. Prospective teachers develop abilities for starting a new career. For the current teachers, the TESOL program provides an opportunity for professional development and for extending their specialised qualifications. The Master of Arts (TESOL) has two components: theoretical and practical. The Program involves the completion of 12 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 synchronous and asynchronous online activities, focusing on the principles of teaching and learning a second/additional language, linking theories with their classroom applications and developing a personalised philosophy and practical approach to classroom teaching. Students explore many applied linguistics fields relevant for teaching and gain knowledge on themes such as how languages work, how language functions in a society or how language learning progresses. They learn a wide range of practical skills such as how to be effective teachers in traditional and online classrooms, how to plan effective and exciting lessons, or how to design valid assessment instruments, language curricula or exciting digital resources for learning. (2) The second, practical component, involves students in an approximately 30-hour Practicum, during which they observe other professionals in action and teach for the minimum of 6 hours under their supervision. The Practicum is organised 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. Students have an opportunity to work with a lecturer and peers in a virtual classroom, in the weekly interactive and collaborative online 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. Domestic and international students can commence their studies in the Master of Arts (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 of study. The Master of Arts (TESOL) program provides language teacher education in teaching and learning English as a Second/Additional Language. The program aims to prepare prospective teachers of English as a Second Language for their future career and to assist current TESOL teachers in extending their professional knowledge. Subject contents cover theoretical aspects of language, language teaching, language acquisition and the practical applications of these in language teaching. The Master of Arts (TESOL) prepares teachers for the international career in the diverse global world. Show less

ModeOn Campus and Remote
Due to current travel restrictions, this program will temporarily be delivered using a mixture of on-campus, remote and multi-modal classes to support and engage all students, from all parts of the world.
Duration3 semesters (1 year)
Starting semesters
  • January 2021
  • May 2021
  • September 2021
  • January 2022
  • May 2022
  • September 2022
  • January 2023
  • May 2023
  • September 2023
Program typeMasters Coursework
Study areaInternational Relations and Humanities
Program codeHS-23092
CRICOS code077993F
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

View the Master of Arts (TESOL) - Program Structure and Sequencing

The Master of Arts (TESOL) program comprises 120 credit points, as follows:

Foundation subjects (3)

Subjects dependent on commencement of program and Option choice, please refer to program sequence.


Students choose one (1) of the following options:

Option 1 – 1 Research Project and 8 Discipline subjects listed below


Option 2 – 1 40cp Major Research Project and 5 Discipline subjects listed below

Discipline subjects

International students

To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol in 40 credit points per semester.

Teaching methodology

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 estimated program fee divided by the number of standard full-time semesters required to complete the program. Fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.

Semester program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2021: $10,560* per semester average

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2021: $31,680

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 most other universities.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

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* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.

Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.

* Note: for students commencing January 2021 the University has held the 2020 tuition fee amount in recognition of the current circumstances, with 2021 fees effective only from the University’s May 2021 semester.

Academic entry requirements

  • Completion of a Masters degree in any discipline area; or
  • Completion of a Bachelor degree in the discipline areas of either Education, Management, Commerce, Society, Culture and Communication; or
  • Completion of a Bachelor degree in any discipline area not listed above, PLUS
    • a personal statement (approximately 500 words) explaining why the student wishes to study the program and evidence of knowledge in the field of Applied Linguistics and TESOL, and
    • a CV including details of paid or voluntary work, or other experiences (eg special interest groups) relevant to the program

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

Key dates

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How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.

Future outcomes

The program prepares students for work in diverse educational contexts. Our graduates teach English as a Second/Additional Language at all levels, from primary to tertiary, across the globe. In Australia, the program is designed to meet the teaching standard of ELICOS, university language institutes and other language teaching colleges. (For details of English language teacher qualifications in Australia, visit the National ELT Accreditation Scheme website). Our graduates also find employment in areas where the knowledge about languages and cultures is highly valued including other pedagogical careers as well as politics, diplomacy, economics, trade and drama.

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