Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

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

N/145/7/0056 (04/21) – MQA/SWA0147

The Master of Arts (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is designed to meet the demand of degree holders for a postgraduate degree in TESOL.

This program aims to facilitate the development of disciplinary knowledge on second language acquisition, focusing on the area of teaching English to speakers of other languages; equip prospective teachers with the basic, intermediate and advanced tools for classroom practice in the area of TESOL; explore in-depth, current theories and pedagogy in second/foreign language teaching; critically 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 and, enable students to explore and apply research methods and skills in TESOL.

Our Swinburne Advantage

The MA (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. Students will able to complete the masters within two years (4 semesters). Each semester is 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 four units which are 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.


  • March
  • August


2 years 


  • Malaysian students: RM32,000 total
  • International students: RM39,008 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. One semester will be dedicated to students carrying out their own original research (MAT6105).

Each semester consists of 13 weeks and there are two semesters per year. 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

The programme consists of four units that are conducted online, and a nested suite with different exit points should there be a need for potential students:

Graduate Certificate of Arts (TESOL) after completing the first four units

  1. MAT4101 Phonology and Grammar for English Teachers
  2. MAT4104 Methods and Approaches of TESOL
  3. MAT5101 Theories and Practices: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
  4. EDU60001 Nature of Learning and Teaching (online)

Graduate Diploma of Arts (TESOL) after completing the first eight units

  1. MAT4103 Educational Management and Leadership
  2. EDU60003 Curriculum Design and Assessment (online)
  3. EDU60002 Digital Learning Environments or EDU60014 Design and Delivery for Online Learning (online)
  4. EDU60004 Scholarly Teaching: To Explore, Evaluate and Improve or  EDU60005 Dynamics of Diversity for Inclusive Learning and Teaching (online)

MA (TESOL) after completing 12 units and one research project

  1. MAT6101 Methods and Approaches to Language Research (prerequisite to MAT6105)
  2. MAT6102 Issues in Applied linguistics
  3. MAT6103 Assessment in TESOL
  4. MAT6104 World Englishes
  5. MAT6105 TESOL Research Project

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

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 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 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.

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.