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What will I learn?

The Graduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language is a 36-unit program of study offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

This course can also be studied by external option. The external option is not available for all topics.

This course aims to:

  • explore current theories in second language acquisition
  • investigate classroom issues related to Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)
  • critique second language teaching methodologies
  • comprehend the interaction between culture and language
  • investigate the effect of English as a global language
  • identify research trends in the field of TESOL.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  • analyse critically current theories in second language acquisition
  • review and analyse classroom issues related to Teaching English as a Second Language
  • demonstrate an understanding of second language teaching methodologies, including the ability to communicate them to a range of audiences
  • implement second language teaching methodologies to generate approaches to a range of classroom teaching scenarios
  • synthesise knowledge and skills in TESOL research.

Potential occupations include:

  • private English language teacher
  • assistant language teacher
  • communications specialist
  • immigration officer
  • international student advisor
  • linguist
  • multicultural service officer
  • travel consultant.

Potential employers include:

  • private language colleges
  • universities
  • TAFE institutions
  • university language centres (subject to employer requirements).

Which department am I in?

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$34,200.00 (18,30,835) per year
Start date

28 February 2022


Flinders University

Bedford Park Campus,

Sturt Road,


South Australia,

5042, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have equivalent of a three-year Australian bachelor’s degree. Some degrees may require work experience to meet the entry requirements. A reference or statement from the employer will be required. Special requirements apply to the four-year Doctor of Medicine. IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing; TOEFL (Internet): 72 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing; Cambridge (CAE): Pass grade of B2; Occupational English Test (OET): 300 Writing, 300 Speaking, 300 Reading, 300 Listening.

For international students

Applicants must normally hold an approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution.

Graduates already with a Bachelor of Education or Master of Teaching are specialised into English as a Second Language (ESL)/Languages Other than English (LOTE).

Students are strongly encouraged to check employment requirements and conditions with potential employers before enrolling in a TESOL course.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing, 6.0 Reading, 6.0 Listening; TOEFL (Internet): 80 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing, 18 Reading, 18 Listening; Pearson PTE Academic: 58 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing, 50 Reading, 50 Listening; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): C

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.