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1.5 billion people are learning English worldwide

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is about the teaching and learning of the English language in both English-speaking and non-English-speaking countries.

Well-trained TESOL teachers are highly sought after as the demand for English language learning around the world continues to grow.

With your NEAS-endorsed TESOL qualification from Griffith, you can build a successful career that spans the globe. Our degree offers internships and recognition of prior learning, to help you start your travels sooner.

Your TESOL qualification prepares you for a professional career in English language teaching, with excellent practical skills to teach speakers of other languages. Our graduates teach at all levels, from primary schools through to colleges and universities. Graduates have taken up training or management positions, carried out research, studied for higher qualifications, and even launched their own language school.

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Study TESOL at Griffith

Bring Griffith's knowledge and expertise in teaching English to classrooms across the world in as little as six months.

Your qualification prepares you for a professional career in English language teaching, with excellent practical skills to teach speakers of other languages. If you want to kick-start your career quickly, you can opt to study an accelerated version of the Graduate Certificate in TESOL. At Griffith we offer flexible study modes. TESOL is offered full-time, part-time and on-campus at Nathan, and is also offered online. You can start in February, July or October. Whether you study a Graduate Certificate in TESOL or our Master of TESOL, you'll receive hands-on, specialist training to understand and adapt to the learning challenges faced by learners of English.

You'll be introduced to the structure of language and how linguists describe it. You'll examine the nature of language learning with reference to current theories of language acquisition and applied linguistics. You’ll learn about assessment, curriculum development and how technology is used in language teaching. You can learn about research in the area of TESOL, how to analyse discourse, how and why English functions as a global language, and more. You may also choose to write a supervised research dissertation, and take a teaching practice internship. By the end you will be prepared to work in the global English language teaching industry in a range of contexts and situations.

You can apply for credit for your existing qualifications and industry experience. Plus you can begin studying in any trimester

Our TESOL programs are informed by the most current research in applied linguistics, language learning and language teacher training, and taught by experienced, award-winning leaders in their fields:

  • Dr Ben Fenton-Smith
  • Dr Minglin Li
  • Dr Rowan Michael
  • Dr Claire Rodway
  • Dr Sophiaan Subhan
  • Dr Ian Walkinshaw

Where will a Master of TESOL take you?

Well-trained TESOL teachers are highly sought after as the demand for English language learning around the world continues to grow.

Rosie Ball

Current student

“I feel so lucky. Griffith provides students with one-on-one support to ensure we have the knowledge and opportunities to chase our dreams.’

Rosie Ball


We offer a range of scholarships for new and continuing students.

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Career outcomes

Griffith TESOL graduates are well-equipped with up-to-date specialised knowledge and practical skills to become informed and effective English language teachers.

Use your expert knowledge to work in Australia at private language colleges, university language centres or TAFE institutions, and overseas at schools, universities and private language colleges.

Griffith’s valuable, NEAS-endorsed qualification in TESOL will give you unique opportunities to work, travel and see the world.

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