Considerations before choosing a TESOL course
- Where do you want to teach? In Australia or overseas?
- Who do you want to teach? Young people (primary, secondary, tertiary)? Adults? Migrants and refugees? International students?
- Do you want to teach in a government school, an independent school, an English Language School (Intensive English Centre), a private college for international students, at TAFE, in a Neighbourhood House, university or elsewhere?
- How well regarded and recognised is the course and institution in Australia and/or overseas?
How can I get a job in a government school?
Teaching in government schools in Victoria requires registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Contact VIT directly.
To teach EAL a teaching qualification in TESOL (Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages) may be required.
For more information on school EAL in Victoria visit the Department of Education & Training (DET) website and/or inquire at a tertiary institution offering TESOL education.
EAL teacher qualifications requirements in the Adult Sector
The following is a summary of some of the qualifications and experience requirements for different programs and settings for adult EAL (e.g. TAFE, Adult Community).
Please note that these requirements can change at any time. It is best to check with the organisation you wish to apply to work in before you make decision about what courses of study to take. You may also need advice on whether your experience and qualifications are considered ‘equivalent’ to the requirements.
For questions about working in the Adult Sector the following Facebook group is very helpful and knowledgeable: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AusELT/
Skills for Education and Employment (SEE)
The commonwealth funded SEE programme (formerly known as Language Literacy and Numeracy Program – LLNP) is provided in a number of settings including TAFE, and community providers.
AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)
The AMEP is provided by some TAFE and community providers.
The requirements for both the SEE and AMEP programs are linked to the curriculum being delivered:
EAL Framework (Version 1.2 July 2021)
Assessor competencies required (p55, section 6.2):
Assessment must be undertaken by a person or persons in accordance with:
- Standard 1.4 of the AQTF: Essential Conditions and Standards for Initial/Continuing Registration and Guideline 3 of the VRQA Guidelines for VET Providers,
- the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 (SRTOs),
- the relevant standards and Guidelines for RTOs at the time of assessment.
It is a requirement of the accredited courses in the EAL Framework that training and assessment is conducted by qualified TESOL teachers.
A qualified TESOL teacher is a person who holds an appropriate qualification that includes at least 22 days of supervised teaching practicum in TESOL. This practicum must involve at least 60 hours of class observation and classroom teaching in TESOL. This will typically include an average of 2-3 hours teaching and observation each day.
Appropriate qualifications include but are not limited to:
- A four-year Bachelor of Education, with TESOL as a method
- An undergraduate bachelor degree plus a postgraduate TESOL qualification at AQF8 or above, such as:
− Graduate Certificate in Education (TESOL)
− Graduate Certificate in TESOL
− Graduate Diploma in TESOL
− Graduate Diploma of Education with a TESOL method
− Master of TESOL/Master of Applied Linguistics/Master of Arts (TESOL)
− Master of Teaching with a TESOL method
Assessment of units of competency from nationally endorsed training packages and units imported from accredited curricula must comply with the assessment requirements detailed in the source training product.
Assessor competencies (p.11, section 6.2):
All assessment must be undertaken by assessors who meet the requirements stated to apply under the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, or its successor.
Specialist assessor qualifications are required due to the specialised breadth and depth of knowledge needed to assess English as an additional language as specified in the unit assessment conditions (Assessor requirements).
Assessors must possess the following qualifications:
- a recognised university undergraduate degree or higher or equivalent
- a recognised AQF 8 or higher TESOL qualification or equivalent;
- a recognised university undergraduate degree or higher in education or equivalent with a TESOL major.
The assessment of units of competency imported from training packages must reflect the requirements for assessors specified in the relevant training package(s).
EAL courses in TAFE and community providers (ACE)
EAL courses in TAFE and community providers (ACE) are usually the Victorian EAL Framework Certificates. (Some TAFEs and ACE providers use the Certificates in Spoken and Written English which have similar requirements).
See above for information on qualifications for these curricula.
ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) applies to students studying in Australia on student visas. ‘Intensive’ denotes full-time study comprising a minimum of 20 scheduled course contact hours per week of face-to-face classes of English language instruction.
A set of ELICOS Standards includes requirements for teachers of ELICOS programs. (Follow this link for the National standards for ELICOS providers and courses)
- A degree or diploma of at least three years full-time or equivalent (teaching or other)
- A suitable TESOL qualification or qualification that contains TESOL as a method
- Appropriate TESOL teaching experience or are formally mentored by a senior staff member with this experience