The Master of Teaching English as a Second Language is a 72-unit coursework program offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law. The course is offered over four semesters full-time, or the equivalent part-time.

Admission requirements

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

Course aims

This degree aims to:

  • develop disciplinary knowledge in the field of Second Language acquisition
  • develop specific knowledge in the area of English as a Second Language (ESOL)
  • 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 Teaching English as a Second Language (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
  • examine current literature in the field of education with an informed, critical perspective
  • evaluate and apply knowledge from a broad range of educational areas to TESOL theory and practice
  • demonstrate mastery in the knowledge and skills of TESOL research.


Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language and/or the Graduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language or an approved equivalent degree in a related field may receive credit upon admission to The Master of Teaching English as a Second Language.

Program of study

To qualify for The Master of Teaching English as a Second Language, a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:

  • 36 units of core topics
  • 36 units in the field of education, with an emphasis on cognition and learning, languages and TESOL.

Core - Year 1 & 2 topics

36 units comprising 

 ESOL8001  Second Language Learning and Teaching  (4.5 units)
 ESOL8002  Second Language Testing  (4.5 units)
 ESOL8003  Introduction to English Linguistics  (4.5 units)
 ESOL9004  TESOL Methodology  (4.5 units)
 ESOL9005  ESOL Pedagogy  (4.5 units)
 ESOL9006  English as a Global Language  (4.5 units)
 ESOL9007  Directed Studies in TESOL  (4.5 units)
 LING7102  Cross-cultural Pragmatics and Intercultural Communication  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 & 2 topics

Select 27-36 units from the following 

 EDUC8731  Motivation, Cognition and Metacognition in Learning  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9608  Globalisation, Development and Education  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9704  Exploring Language Pedagogy - Theory and Practice  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9705  Developing Literacies Through Intercultural Language Learning  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9706  Visualising Language Learning  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9708  New technologies and e-pedagogy in foreign language education  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9732  Teaching to Develop Motivation, Cognition and Metacognition  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9733  The Psychology of Learning and Instruction  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9734  Applications of Psychology to Learning and Instruction  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9761  Approaches to Research  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9762  Introduction to Statistics  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9763  Survey and Questionnaire Methods  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9764  Methods in Ethnography  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9767  Assessment in Education  (4.5 units)

Up to 9 units can be selected from the following

 EDUC8883  Studies of Asia: Contemporary Issues and Values  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9604  Managing Human Resources  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9606  Planning Change in Organisations  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9610  Developing People in Organisations  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9882  Studies of Asia: Premodern Asian Societies and Cultures  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9886  Studies of Asia:English Learning Area 1 (Literatures from Asia)  (4.5 units)