Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


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Open to a world of global teaching opportunities

UNSW Language and Literacy Education, including Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), focuses on the teaching and learning of languages and literacy in both English-speaking and non-English-speaking nations.

You'll dive into the learning and teaching of English, languages other than English and English as a second or additional language/dialect (EAL/D). You’ll understand the implications of pedagogy, curriculum design and assessment and evaluation in schools, community organisations and higher education institutions.

As the demand for higher degree English teachers grows with 1.5 billion people learning English worldwide, studying Language and Literacy Education at UNSW opens up a world of international career opportunities.

Led by renowned academics & researchers

Language and literacy education at UNSW is led by an internationally recognised research team who have made a major impact worldwide in advancing language and literacy education policy and programming, teacher education, curriculum and assessment, pedagogy and practice.    

They hold significant leadership positions on national and international advisory committees and professional associations, including the Australian Association for Applied Linguistics and the Australian Council of TESOL Associations.   

With more than $5 million of grant support won in the last five years, their work has included projects funded by: 

  • Australian Research Council
  • NSW Department of Education and Training
  • Association of Independent Schools NSW
  • Victorian Department of Education and Training
  • Association of Independent Schools Victoria
  • Catholic Education
  • Federal Department of Education 
  • Global English Corporation 
  • Beijing Normal University
  • Hong Kong Research Grants Committee
  • Hong Kong Education and Manpower Bureau 
  • Brunei Ministry of Education 
  • Singapore Ministry of Education 
  • British Council

Flexible & affordable

We offer online courses and affordable study options with Commonwealth Supported Places and the opportunity (for eligible students) to pay or defer fees through FEE-HELP. International and interstate students are particularly welcome, with supervised TESOL placements able to be arranged in your local school or educational institution. 

Accelerate your teaching career 

Postgraduate studies in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), including our six-month Graduate Certificate in TESOL, and other areas of language and literacy education at UNSW will enhance your career options and professional advancement within a broad range of educational institutions. 

Depending on the combination of courses you study, you can gain accreditation to teach as a specialist English language teacher in schools and intensive English language centres in Australia and overseas, working with primary, secondary and/or adult/tertiary learners of English as a second or additional language (ESL/EALD).  

If you're already working as a qualified English language teacher, after completing the Master of Education (TESOL), your future career options could include: 

  • teacher leadership 
  • teacher education/professional development 
  • international educational development  
  • language assessment and testing (such as becoming an IELTS examiner) 
  • course design/writing/publishing 
  • language school management 

Study with us

  • UNSW offer the following professional development programs, designed for qualified teachers and other educational professionals working or intending to work teaching primary, secondary and/or adult/tertiary learners of English as a second or additional language (ESL/EAL): 

    Our postgraduate programs in Education (TESOL) provide educational professionals with vocationally relevant and accredited qualifications that combine theory and practice.

  • Benchmarked with the highest global rating of 5 by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), the research hub at UNSW School of Education is ranked well above world standards.

    Our school is home to a number of distinctive research teams comprising of staff and local and international students. Our students’ training enables them to carry out their own research programs and publish in leading academic journals. Our graduates are internationally renowned for their cutting-edge research skills and research work. 

    We offer the following postgraduate research programs:

Our people

Professor of Language and Literacy Education
Associate Professor