Establish your international career
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.
Learn in the ELICOS Accredited Language Centre
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
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
|Duration||3 semesters (1 year)|
|Program type||Masters Coursework|
|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]|
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.
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.
- Research Methods (HUMR71-100)
- Approaches to Language Teaching (LING71-101)
- Practice of Language Teaching (LING71-102)
Students choose one (1) of the following options:
Option 1 – 1 Research Project and 8 Discipline subjects listed below
- Research Project in TESOL (LING72-210)
Option 2 – 1 40cp Major Research Project and 5 Discipline subjects listed below
- Second Language and Learners (LING71-104)
- Language Assessment and Evaluation (LING71-109)
- Grammar for Language Teachers (LING71-110)
- Nature of Language (LING71-103)
- Curriculum Design (LING71-107)
- Language Policy in a Global Context (LING71-113)
- Language in Society (LING71-105)
- Megatrends and Education (LING71-112)
To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol in 40 credit points per semester.
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 an average per semester cost, fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester:
- 2020 fees: $10,040 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
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 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