Designed to meet the demand of degree holders for a postgraduate degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Designed to meet the demand of degree holders for a postgraduate degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Graduate Certificate of Arts (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

N/145/7/0116 (20.01.2024) | MQA/PSA11955

The Graduate Certificate of Arts (TESOL) is designed to meet the demand for a certificate course in TESOL. This 6-months 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 and in-service teachers with 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; and critique second/ foreign language teaching methodologies.

Our Swinburne Advantage

The Graduate Certificate (TESOL) programme complies with the Australian Qualifications Framework and is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Register. It is taught by highly qualified and experienced lecturers trained in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom. Classes are conducted via blended delivery. The duration of this program is six months (1 semester). A semester is only 13 weeks long and students will only need to be on campus for 3 weeks per semester during the Malaysian school holiday period to accommodate working adults/practising teachers. Weekly online discussions and tutorial sessions are conducted via Canvas learning management system to keep track of student progress. The programme also includes one unit which is conducted fully online, giving students the ultimate flexibility to learn and study at their own pace and convenience.

Note: Students are also enrolled for the Graduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching units (beginning with EDU), which are completed online.

February, September


1 year

Course details

Duration of study

The duration of study is six-months full-time or equivalent part-time. Full-time students will undertake four units of study per semester whereas part-time students may take two units per semester.

A semester consists of 13 weeks. Each unit consists of 24 face to face contact hours and 12 online contact hours. 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

MAT4101 Phonology and Grammar for English Teachers

This unit will develop students’ knowledge of phonology of the English language to prepare them to teach English effectively. It will also develop students’ knowledge of the morphology and syntax of the English language, enabling students to compare and contrast English language grammar with that of one or more local major languages, and to apply this knowledge to teaching English grammar.

MAT4104 Methods and Approaches of TESOL

This unit will introduce students to the main approaches to the teaching of the English language, helping them to develop a critical understanding of the theoretical concepts underlying these approaches.

MAT5101 Theories and Practices: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing

In this unit, students will develop an in-depth understanding of how listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are acquired and a pedagogical knowledge of the different functions of these skills, to design lessons which integrate a variety of teaching practices and resources, including technology, to engage students in effective learning.

EDU60001 Nature of Learning and Teaching (online)

This unit will enable students to explore learning and teaching theories, models and approaches for contemporary Higher Education contexts.

Note: Students are enrolled with Swinburne Melbourne for the Graduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching units (beginning with EDU), which are completed online.

Fees & scholarships


Malaysian students
RM8,480 total
International students
RM10,340 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.


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Entry requirements


To apply for this course, please fill in this registration form.

Contact person: Hugh Leong (Course Director)
Phone: +60 82 260 636 (ext. 7636)
Email: hjleong@swinburne.edu.my

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an approved undergraduate qualification in any discipline from a recognised university or college with a CGPA equivalent to a Malaysian CGPA of 2.5 or above.

English Requirements

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 Versant English Placement Test (EPT) in  examination conditions to determine if they have met the required language proficiency level.

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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.

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