Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
The MEd(TESOL) has been designed for educational professionals seeking to develop their expertise and understanding in the areas of applied linguistics and language education, particularly in the teaching of English.
Students are encouraged to explore a range of issues relating to language teaching and learning, applied linguistics and sociocultural contexts of education. As well, the program develops themes and examines theories and research relating to the practical issues of language teaching and learning in a second-language environment.
All of the teaching staff are TESOL specialists, who have academic and professional qualifications in TESOL along with many years of professional experience.
Information about the tuition fees and opportunities for further study associated with all Master of Education designations – and their component Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas – is published on the MEd home page.
Proof of English-language proficiency must be provided by certain domestic and all international students for whom English is a second language.
Applicants to the TESOL designation must satisfy one of the following criteria:
- a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification and either a postgraduate English language teaching qualification or at least two years’ full-time English language teaching experience; or
- a bachelor’s degree in English language teaching or equivalent qualification and at least one year’s full-time English language teaching experience.
Master’s candidates are required to complete eight units of study, including:
- at least four core units; and
- one capstone unit; and
- no more than two units from outside the TESOL designation.
Graduate Diploma candidates are required to complete six units of study, including:
- at least four core units; and
- no more than one unit from outside the TESOL designation.
Graduate Certificate candidates are required to complete four units of study, including:
- at least two core units.
Core units of study
- Discourse and Language Teaching (EDPG5001)
- Second Language Acquisition (EDPJ5002)
- Methodology and Language Teaching (EDPJ5013)
- Grammar and the Language Classroom (EDPJ5016)
- Literacy and Language Teaching (EDPJ5020)
- Language, Society and Power (LNGS7002)
Elective units of study
- English for Specific Purposes (EDPJ5018)
- Developments in English Lang Teaching (EDPJ5021)
- Research Methods in Language Studies (EDPJ5022)
- Teacher Professional Development for EFL (EDPJ5023)
- English in Academic Settings (EDPJ5024)
- Bilingual Education (EDPJ5025)
- Language Testing and Assessment (EDPJ5026)
Elective units from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Linguistics
- Register and Genre in English (LNGS7004)
- Media Discourse (LNGS7274)
- World Englishes (LNGS7275)
- Functional Grammar (LNGS7301)
Capstone units of study
Master’s candidates must enrol in either the Special Project (6 credit points) or the Dissertation (12 credit points).
- Special Project 1 (EDPZ6730)
- Dissertation (EDPZ6720) – completed in one semester; counts as two units of study; or
- Dissertation Part 1 (EDPZ6724); and
- Dissertation Part 2 (EDPZ6725)
Units of study outside the designation
Master’s and graduate diploma candidates may complete up to one (graduate diploma) or two (master’s) units from the list of postgraduate units of study offered by the Faculty, published under "Full units of study list" on the Sydney Courses database.