Master of Arts (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

N/145/7/0056 (04/21)

The Master of Arts (TESOL) course aims to facilitate the development of disciplinary knowledge in second language acquisition, focusing on the area of teaching English to speakers of other languages; equip prospective teachers with the basic tools for classroom practice in the area of TESOL; explore current theories and pedagogy in second/foreign language teaching; investigate classroom issues related to teaching TESOL; critique second/foreign language teaching methodologies; discuss research trends in the field of teaching English as a second/foreign language; enable students to explore and apply research methods and skills to TESOL.


  • February


2 years full-time or equivalent part-time


  • Malaysian students: RM31,370 total
  • International students: RM38,880 total

The indicative course fees shown here applies to students studying on-campus in Malaysia for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student’s study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Course details

– Duration of study, units of study and career opportunities.

Duration of study

The duration of study is two years full-time or equivalent part-time. Full-time students will undertake four units of study per semester or eight units per year whereas part-time students may take two units per semester. In the last semester, students will focus on carrying out their own original research.

Each semester consists of 12 weeks and there are two semesters per year. Each unit consists of three contact hours per week. In addition to formal class time, students are expected to participate in peer teaching sessions to give them an opportunity to experiment  with language teaching techniques and critically evaluate them, as well as conduct real-life classroom teaching for relevant practical units.

Units of study

To be eligible for the award of Master of Arts (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), students must complete 12 units of study (150 credit points) consisting of:

  • MAT411 Phonology for English teachers
  • MAT412 Pedagogic Grammar of English
  • MAT413 Genre Studies
  • MAT414 Methods and Approaches of TESOL
  • MAT511 Theories and Practices (1): Listening and Speaking
  • MAT 512 Theories and Practices (2): Reading and Writing
  • MAT 513 English for Specific Purposes
  • MAT 514 English for Academic Purposes
  • MAT 611 Methods and Approaches to Language Research
  • MAT 612 Issues in Applied Linguistics
  • MAT 613 Assessment in TESOL
  • MAT 614 World Englishes
  • MAT 615 TESOL Research Project

Career opportunities

The Master of Arts (TESOL) program prepares students to become English language teachers at schools, universities and private education institutions, to work as course advisers, course designers, teacher trainers, or to set up private education businesses. It also lays a sound foundation for those who are interested in conducting research in language teaching and learning.

How to enter this course

– Entry requirements, English proficiency and English language requirements.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a recognized bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 or equivalent.

English proficiency

English language proficiency consistent with Swinburne policies for admission of local and international students to postgraduate courses will be required for entry into the course. Potential students must produce evidence of an advanced level of proficiency in written and spoken English.

English language requirements

Applicants may also take the Swinburne MA (TESOL) Versant English Placement Test to determine if they have met the required language proficiency level.

Find out more about English language requirements.



At Swinburne scholarships are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students.

How to apply

Apply for this course by following the step-by-step process from the links below.