The Graduate Diploma is an advanced qualification in TESOL and Literacy. Students will gain an advanced understanding of TESOL approaches (text-based, genre-based, task–based, Systemic Functional Linguistics, etc), curriculum development, applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and assessment design. They will have the opportunity to apply their acquired knowledge in real TESOL classrooms. A key feature of the program is that students will be trained in tailoring their teaching approaches to accommodate a different cohort of students across age groups, and ethnicity, as well as variation in literacy and numeracy skill levels. The award is accredited and recognised internationally.

Course Overview

Course Code



✓ Adelaide


February, April, July, and October


1 Year full-time study


✓ Available for domestic students
✓ Available for international students

Qualification Units

8 Units


For Australian Students

Tuition Fee
  • Full Fee (Self-funded): $10,000
Other Fee
  • Enrolment Fee (non-refundable): $300
  • Material fee: $500

For International Students

Tuition Fee
  • $18,000
Other Fee
  • Enrolment Fee (non-refundable): $300
  • Material fee: $500

Language Requirements

For international students only

Academic Requirements

  • Successful completion of a Bachelor's degree, or an advanced Diploma, or equivalent with relevant working experience (including internships).

Course Aims, Content and Outcomes

The purpose of the course is for students to gain professional competence in TESOL for program planning, teaching and assessment. The course supports students’ preparation, innovation and application of curriculum and teaching practices adapted to different contexts. To achieve the qualification of Graduate Diploma of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, the students must complete six units of study and be assessed as competent in all the units. For each unit of study students join in knowledge and skill building tasks investigating aspects of language study and teaching.

Qualification Units

8 Units
NAT11109001 Research and write in TESOL
NAT11109002 Design TESOL curriculum, lessons and materials
NAT11109003 Develop assessment in TESOL
NAT11109004 Deliver and evaluate lessons 
NAT11109005 Develop personal teaching practices in TESOL
NAT11109006 Plan for professional development in TESOL practice
NAT11109007 Develop and use surveys and questionnaires in a TESOL context 
NAT11109008 Develop an understanding of applied linguistics

Learning Methodology

Synchronous Distance Delivery:
AIBT Synchronous Distance Delivery is learning in real-time with the trainer, and tutor at the helm of the room leading the discussion, encouraging active participation in the learning materials. The delivery is through an online virtual classroom, so students can expect the same high-quality learning received through face-to-face onsite.

Delivery of content is by lectures, presentations, group activities, case studies, and practical sessions. Assessment is by a mixture of written assignments such as reports, tests of knowledge, finished examples of work, participation in role plays, and doing presentations in class.

Articulation & Pathways

Multiple options available. Please click here for more info.

Help with Fees

Upfront Payment:
Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at AIBT reception.

Payment Plan:
If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

Career Outcomes

  • ESL Teacher in secondary and tertiary educational organisations
  • Team Leader in a group of practitioners
  • Practitioner or coordinator for workplace-based programs
  • English Language resource developer
  • Program Coordinator for ESL in a training organisation
  • Educational consultant Tutor
  • Policy advisor on English Language teaching

Study Hours

  • For domestic teachers, study hours are 2 hours per week during term, Thursday 4-6 PM face-to-face or online.

Unit Description

NAT11109001 Research and write in TESOL
Research and Write in TESOL focuses on developing the essential skills and knowledge necessary for academic literacy and research in the field of TESOL and applied languages. This unit is designed for individuals who are seeking to become professionals in the field of TESOL teaching, equipping them with extensive knowledge of the theories and practices in TESOL as well as the skills required to sustain a high level of expertise in the subject area.

TESOL Videos

AIBT 10657NAT Graduate Diploma of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL).
Adelaide Institute of Business and Technology (AIBT) - Graduate Diploma Trainer Irma Kuci
Meet the student! Claire, our TESOL graduate

Apply for Admission

AIBT has a range of courses and qualifications. The application process can differ depending on whether you are a domestic or international student, whether unemployed or working, a school student or graduate.

If you are unsure how to apply then please get in touch at: info@aibt.edu.au | 8212 0990 | AIBT Facebook page

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