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Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.4 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Intake in 2022, Intake in 2022,
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English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 7.5, IELTS section minimum - 7.0 (R,W), 8.0 (L,S) Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 095155F
Program Code40107
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Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Teaching English as a Second Language

Study an Additional Teaching Area in TESOL for Secondary Education at the University of Newcastle

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) teachers provide targeted English language instruction to students from non-English speaking backgrounds.

ESL Teachers plan and deliver lessons to groups and individuals from diverse linguistic backgrounds. As an ESL teacher, you will enjoy a fulfilling role ensuring that your students develop their English language and literacy skills to a standard needed for studying all subjects across all levels.

When you study TESOL as an additional teaching area within your Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree at the University of Newcastle, you will gain the skills and qualifications to confidently teach English to speakers of other languages. The courses you study will focus on developing your skills in communication, assessment and specialist knowledge of texts in the English language.

What jobs can you get with an Additional Teaching Area in TESOL?

Study TESOL to learn how to teach junior and senior high school students to read, write, and speak the English language. Your focus will be upon students whose first language is not English. Our graduates may find employment in education roles such as:

  • High school teaching
  • Educational policy development
  • Research and analysis

You can also combine your Additional Teaching Area in TESOL with any first teaching area to further expand your expertise and competitive edge. Related teaching areas include Ancient History, English, Modern History, Society and Culture, and Studies of Religion. Adding to your secondary school teaching areas and specialist expertise opens doors to both teaching and non-teaching opportunities.

Suitable for education and teaching students with:

  • An interest in learning more about the complexities of the English language.
  • Goals to assist young learners from different language backgrounds with their competency in English.
  • A commitment to designing lesson plans which engage and challenge students from varied backgrounds.

What do you learn in a TESOL Additional Teaching Area?

Study an additional teaching area in TESOL to learn how to teach English as a second language. You will study courses in:

  • Language Fundamentals: Your courses will focus on the fundamentals of language as a system of codes, signs and signals. You’ll learn how to recognise these within the English language, and how to impart this knowledge to those studying English as a second language.
  • Teaching Languages: The core of your additional teaching area will be the study of teaching English as a second language. You’ll learn how to appropriately plan your lessons and assess students who speak a different language at home. Your courses will also focus on how to educate non-native English speakers to use the language for the purposes of study, work and day to day living.
  • Specialist Studies in Languages: Students will study the HSC and junior syllabi to ensure they are prepared to teach classes at multiple levels. You will learn the relevant modes of assessment, lesson planning as well as strategies to enhance the learning experience in TESOL classes.

Which degrees include this Additional Teaching Area?

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and any associated degree program allows you to study an additional teaching area in TESOL.

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (Honours)

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