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 4 weeks 18 students AUD$3,525 (2015)
Part-time 12 weeks 18 students AUD$3,525 (2015)

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
  • Opportunity to enrol in our dual TESOL qualification with additional recognition
  • State-of-the-art facilities in a purpose built language learning centre
  • Free WIFI on campus

For further information please see our Trainee Handbook


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

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."

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



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 - 9.00 pm
Thursday: 6.00 - 9.00 pm
Saturday*: 9.00 - 5.00 pm

*Classes are scheduled every second Saturday for the duration of the course

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

Monday to Friday: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm

Additional attendance is required for practicum teaching and 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

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

Additional assessment required for dual TESOL qualification.

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

Dates and Fees

Full-time, 4 weeks Part-time, 12 weeks
  • 09 Feb - 06 Mar 2015
  • 22 Jun - 17 Jul 2015
  • 09 Nov - 04 Dec 2015
  • 17 Mar - 06 Jun 2015
  • 11 Aug - 31 Oct 2015
Fees AUD$3,525 (2015) AUD$3,525 (2015)

2016 Certificate IV in TESOL

Full-time, 4 weeks Part-time, 12 weeks
  • 08 Feb - 04 Mar 2016
  • 20 Jun - 15 Jul 2016
  • 07 Nov - 02 Dec 2016
  • 15 Mar - 04 Jun 2016
  • 09 Aug - 29 Oct 2016
Fees AUD$3,625 (2016) AUD$3,625 (2016)

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