UNSW Institute of Languages


Certificate IV in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - 40649SA



Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a rapidly expanding profession. Demand for professionally trained TESOL teachers is strong in Australia and abroad.

UNSW Institute of Languages is one of the oldest TESOL training centres in Australia. Our TESOL graduates have been successful in gaining teaching positions in public and private sector educational institutions in Australia and overseas.

Type Duration Maximum Class Size Fees
Full-time 5 weeks
18 students AUD$3,735 (2017)
Part-time 12 weeks 18 students AUD$3,735 (2017)

Key Benefits

  • A nationally accredited and internationally recognised course which provides a teaching qualification suitable for Australia and overseas
  • A focus on teaching adults with a solid theoretical background combined with a practical teaching component
  • Access to experienced and professional teacher trainers at one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious TESOL training centres
  • Practicum teaching on real classes under the supervision of a qualified and experienced teacher
  • State-of-the-art facilities in a purpose built language learning centre
  • Free WIFI on campus

For further information please see our Trainee Handbook

The 40649SA Certificate IV in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) has been accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Accreditation means that a course is nationally recognised and that it meets the current needs of industry throughout the accreditation period. Once a course has been accredited, it is listed on the National Register, where you can find information about the currency of your course. To check the status of your TESOL course on the National Register, please click here.

When the course is no longer current, UNSW Global will apply transition and teach-out arrangements so you can either complete the existing course or transfer into a replacement course.


Entry Requirements

  • Native speaker or high level English proficiency (minimum IELTS 6.5 in all skills)
  • Completed Australian Year 12 or equivalent
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Pre-enrolment task and interview
  • No teaching experience is required



Samantha Tesoriero

Andrew McMahon
"I believe that by studying at UNSW I have been able to become a better teacher than before, and opened the future for more teaching experiences.

I really liked the enthusiasm and energy the instructors put into their classes."

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Please note that from 1 January 2015 all students enrolling in nationally recognised training are required to have a USI. UNSW Institute of Languages requires new students to supply a USI at the time of enrolment. Information about obtaining a USI can be found at: http://usi.gov.au

Course Content

Samantha Tesoriero

Steve Moor
"I am now teaching and loving it. I had not taught before."

The Certificate IV in TESOL course consists of 5 units of competency:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the basic terminology of traditional grammar (AABBG)
  • Design and deliver an ESL teaching program (AABBH)
  • Design and develop an ESL learning framework (AABBK)
  • Identify and use basic grammatical concepts and traditional metalanguage (AABBL)
  • Plan an integrated lesson using communicative language teaching methodology (AABBM)

Joanna Boyce
"My teachers were enthusiastic, extremely knowledgeable and very patient. They encouraged us all the way, reassuring us and helping us when needed. They engaged with us very effectively and really made the classes worthwhile."

These 5 units of competency are covered in class through 4 learning modules and the practical component:

  • Language - Analysis and Input
  • Language Teaching Methodology
  • Teacher Skills
  • Course Design
  • Practical Component: Class observations (live and recorded sessions), Microteaching (peer teaching), Practicum


Recommended textbook:

Grammar for English Language Teachers (Second Edition) by Martin Parrott, Cambridge University Press.


Huelan Tran

Huelan Tran
Certificate IV in TESOL

"I’m really happy with the time I had at UNSW Institute of Languages with experienced teachers, hard working classmates, a good quality campus and especially a good quality program."

Part-time Course

Tuesday: 6.00 - 9.00pm
Thursday: 6.00 - 9.00pm
Saturday: weeks 1-4 and weeks 11-12  9.00-1.30, weeks 5-10 9.00-4.00*

*Note: Some Saturday times will vary. You will receive detailed information about this at course commencement.

Additional attendance is required for practicum teaching and observation of classes. These times will be arranged by your teacher trainer in consultation with you.

Samantha Tesoriero

Samantha Tesoriero
"Apart from the relaxed learning environment and excellent facilities, I most appreciated the kindness and professionalism of my very knowledgeable teachers. The online resources were helpful if I ever missed a class, and the interactive blogs were great for further discussion with other students and teachers."

Full-time Course

Weeks 1 and 2

Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 1.30pm

Weeks 3, 4, 5

Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 6.00pm

Additional attendance may be required for observation of classes. These times will be arranged by your teacher trainer in consultation with you.


Language Teacher Training classes will be held
at our UNSW Institute of Languages, Randwick or
Kensington campus.

22-32 King St
Randwick NSW 2031

223 Anzac Parade
Kensington NSW 2033



Davi Bertges
"I really liked the diversity of materials and the approach to methodology."

  • Assessment is continuous and is based on written assignments, interview and supervised classroom teaching practice
  • Students must demonstrate competence in all 5 units of competency in order to be awarded a Certificate IV in TESOL



Bevan Sofian
"I enrolled in the TESOL Cert IV with a goal of studying and teaching overseas.

During the course my key takeaways were how to design a lesson and gain comfort teaching in a classroom setting. The lessons had a practical focus with consistent feedback from teachers, peers and practical lessons, leaving me feeling confident. All the lessons were conducted in a fun, engaging and supportive environment.

I believe the course made me a more outgoing person and has been the best educational experience of my life!"

The competencies of the Certificate IV in TESOL can be assessed by Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you have worked or trained in the TESOL field, or a similar context, it is possible that you may already meet all or some of the requirements of the competencies of the 40649SA Certificate IV in TESOL.

For further information please use our Enquiry Form

2017 Certificate IV in TESOL

Full-time, 5 weeks Part-time, 12 weeks
  06 Feb - 10 Mar 2017 21 Mar -10 Jun 2017
Dates 22 May - 23 Jun 2017 08 Aug - 28 Oct 2017
  13 Nov - 15 Dec 2017  
Fees AUD $3,735 AUD $3,735

Welcome to our Apply Online page:

  1. Please read our How to Apply section.
  2. Register for an Information Session.
  3. Please note our Conditions of Enrolment for TESOL programs.