10317NAT Certificate IV in TESOL

10317NAT Certificate IV in TESOL  (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

CRICOS Course Code: 089541B   

Course Aims

The Certificate IV in TESOL is a nationally accredited qualification that meets all the standards for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in Australian schools or institutions and is accepted world-wide.  It is an intensive teaching training course, designed for those seeking a career in teaching English, with or without prior teaching knowledge and/or experience, or who are already teaching but wish to enhance their teaching skills. It provides the fundamental knowledge and skills required to teach English effectively to speakers of other languages.

Students in this course are introduced to teaching methodology, best practice approaches and techniques, and will learn about lesson planning, language analysis, teaching and assessment, and classroom management, with a strong focus on integrating theoretical learning and practical training. Students will observe experienced teachers delivering lessons and gain experience in teaching grammar, spelling, pronunciation, reading, writing, speaking and listening to a real class in a classroom environment. Students are given full support and feedback throughout the course by a fully qualified and experienced TESOL trainer.

Combined Course (with the Diploma of TESOL)

Learners who successfully attain Certificate IV in TESOL can undertake additional core units to achieve the highly regarded Diploma of TESOL. The combined course ensures a well-rounded, dynamic and comprehensive understanding of the requirements for teaching English as a second language (ESL).  The Diploma of TESOL enables teachers to teach and assess ESL, at a greater breadth, depth and complexity than at Certificate IV level.

Today’s world sees both employers and students seeking to learn from highly qualified teachers and achieving both the Certificate IV and the Diploma of TESOL will provide graduates with greater employment opportunities in TESOL in Australia and overseas.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, graduates will be able to continue to higher studies in TESOL, or work in the following areas in the TESOL industry:

     ·   General English Courses (from beginner to advanced level)

     ·   Test preparation: IELTS, TOIC, TOEFL

     ·   Business English

     ·   Teaching Adults

     ·   Teaching Children

     ·   Teaching online

     ·   Tutoring

     ·   Teaching in TAFE (need a bachelor’s degree and Certificate IV in TAE as well)

     ·   ESL assistant teacher in government schools (need Certificate III in Education support) 

Course Structure

To achieve this qualification, students are required to complete 9 core units and 1 elective unit outlined below which will introduce them to the knowledge and understanding related to the practical skills required in TESOL, which is developed further during the practice teaching.

Certificate IV in TESOL: Units of Competency to be completed for this qualification include the following:

Practical Placement Requirements

Students are required to compete a practical placement of a minimum total of 12 hours observation and practice teaching, with at least 6 of those hours being practice teaching.


Students are given a study guide which provides the course content for each unit and assessment tasks with clear explanations for both. The achievement of competence will be assessed by a range of methods aiming at maximum flexibility and customisation to address specific needs and learning situations which include:

·  Workbook tasks
·  Lesson Plans
·  Peer Teaching
·  Classroom Observations and Practice

·  Research Assignments

Pathways into the Qualification

This course is suitable for those who wish to pursue a career in TESOL and teach English as a foreign/second or additional language, either in Australia or overseas and the following:

·     Qualified teachers from Australia or overseas (with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education or higher) who wish to add English as a Foreign Language/English as a Second Language/English as an Additional Language teaching skills to enhance their current qualifications or improve their English teaching skills

·    English Language Teaching Volunteers

·    School leavers (accepted according to eligibility, merit, work experience, previous study, and personal competencies).

Pathways from the Qualification

After achieving this qualification, students may choose to undertake:

    ·    10318NAT: Diploma of TESOL  

  ·     further studies in higher education in the relevant area of study

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