The Bond TESOL Difference
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 (Online) 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 (Online) 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 (Online) in the January, May or September semester and they can study either part-time or full-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.
The Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Online) provides initial training for teachers of English as a second language. It provides the basis for language teaching methodology and its practical applications. Students are required to complete at least 100 hours’ theory and at least 6 hours’ supervised classroom teaching.
*This program is not available for international student visa holders in Australia Show less
|Duration||1 semester (4 months)|
|Program type||Postgraduate Certificate|
|Study area||International Relations and Humanities|
|CRICOS code||This program is not available to international students who intend to apply for a student visa.|
|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. visit the National ELT Accreditation Scheme website.
Students must complete the following three (3) subjects:
- LING71-101 Teaching English in Diverse Contexts
- LING71-102 Professional Practice in Language Teaching
- LING71-110 Language Teacher Skills
Plus one of the following subjects dependent on commencement of the program and subject availability:
- LING71-103 Nature of Language
- LING71-104 Second Language Learners
- LING71-105 Language in Society
- LING71-106 Learning through Observation
- LING71-107 Curriculum Design
- LING71-109 Language Assessment and Evaluation
- LING71-111 World Englishes
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: $9,040
- 2020 fees: $9,360
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.
I am currently completing a Graduate Certificate in TESOL (online). I decided to study at Bond University after I researched a number of different universities, some local but most online for the TESOL course. Initially I was uncertain of how to proceed and who to speak to. Bond University put me in contact with a Manager of Schools and Community (MSC). I spoke to the representative and instantly my application became personal. The MSC lead me throughout the entire process, including applying for financial help and deferring a semester. It was the kind of assistance I needed and really appreciated with full time work and also being a full time mum. The MSC responded to all my emails and calls and never made me feel like I was asking the wrong questions or I was a bother. I kept in contact with the MSC for at least 3 weeks into my course and they were my crutch that I leaned on until I was able to take off on my own.
What I liked about studying at Bond was the support provided by all the staff. I have been in contact with the Student Business Centre, the Librarians and of course the Academics, and everyone goes above and beyond to accommodate my needs. It is a very personal experience. I feel like the entire university is in my corner, backing me and wanting me to succeed. It is a very empowering feeling. As a result, my motivation not only to complete the course but to do well is intense.
I am completing my course online, so my experiences will differ from those who are physically there. And I wouldn’t change a thing. The content within each subject is difficult but achievable. Every week we have videos to watch and activities to complete and the feedback is instant. They are delivered similarly so we know what to expect. Then once a week we have online lectures using Blackboard Collaborate. These lectures are interactive and informative but so much more. The lecturers have managed to connect the class together so that we are not isolated. We have formed a close bond and friendly relationships from all over Australia and the wider world. We are a community of learners that inspire one another and cheer for each other’s successes, all from the comfort of our own homes. At Bond University, it is understood that we are more than just students and we have a life beyond that of the virtual classroom. This is commended and in most lessons, even celebrated. The method in which these lessons are completed and the humour within each lesson makes you keep coming back for more.
I currently work for the Department of Education as a EAL/D Specialist. My responsibilities include teaching students who have come from another country and do not speak English. The Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Online) has provided the background knowledge to completing my job accurately. I am able to reflect on my practices and make necessary changes that will benefit the learners. Bond University has empowered me to become more confident in my position.
The difference between Bond and other universities is that, Bond accepts individual differences and prepares you for the real world that is not independent from everything that is happening in your life. Bond ensures the education of the whole person, not just the student and provides support for success which is not found in any other university.
I would certainly recommend Bond! I am considering completing my Master in TESOL at Bond for all the experiences listed above. I feel Bond have a vested interest in my learning, reflecting the motivations I have in my own success. I would never consider being anywhere else. I highly would recommend studying at Bond for everyone, young or old. This is my university and I feel very passionate about what we are able to achieve together. At Bond it is more than just a degree, it is a way to the future.
I am an Australian living and working in the United States. Bond University’s Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Online) was a perfect learning tool for me to earn the extra credits that l needed to teach ESL at an undergraduate level. As an ESL adjunct faculty member of the Henry Ford College, Michigan, I needed a fast and convenient graduate TESOL program that had flexibility to blend in with my current teaching schedule. The Student Business Centre and Admissions at Bond University was accommodating and welcoming, and so were the Academic staff! They have simply reinvented Blackboard with their user friendly platform that was far more superior than any of the Long Distance Management systems that l had been accustomed to using in the USA.
The creative use of PowerPoint and weekly Quizlets were fun and engaging and they have inspired me to rethink and boost my current pedagogical practices to use more gaming and web based resources in my teaching tool box. The Academics would collaborate with me outside of their Queensland time schedule to make me feel part of the community across the Pacific Ocean. To that end, they have inspired me to develop my own blended ESL classes for my ELL students in the future. Thank you so much for everything, Bond. This would not have been reality without your help.
I chose to study a Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Online) as I wanted to upgrade my qualification, therefore, I researched several education providers before enrolling. I found that Bond University offered units which were of my interest, I also wanted to spend my spare time enjoying my studies.
The best thing about Bond was the ‘human touch’. I was treated as a person and not a number. I was able to speak to different people and have my questions answered in the most professional manner. I found the online experience of the Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Online) amazing! It is very user friendly, everything is very well organised and easy to find. The Academics are an inspiration, they make you feel so welcome and make the collaborative experiences educational and fun! Their enthusiasm is contagious and I am sure they are the reason why most of us will continue to study at Bond. I would certainly recommend Bond. Even though you are an online student, you will feel you are part of a community of teachers, staff and students who will support you.
* Photo: Isabel receiving the 2016 Australian Training Awards' Excellence in Language and Numeracy Practice.