On Campus
12 x 2-hour workshops per semester
5 x 2-hour supervised studies per semester

Distance Online
12 x 2-hour online tutorials per semester
5 x 2-hour supervised studies per semester
1 Admission into MTESOL-Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
1a Admission into MLS-Master of Language Studies
1b Admission into MTEC-Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
1c Admission into MTPR-Master of Teaching (Primary)
1d Admission into MTS-Master of Teaching (Secondary)
1e Admission into MEDCP-Master of Education (Cog Psych & Educational Prac)
1f Admission into MEDER-Master of Education (Ed Research, Evaluation and Assessment)
1g Admission into MEDLM-Master of Education (Leadership and Management)
1h Admission into MEDOS-Master of Education
1i Admission into MEDSE-Master of Education (Special Education)
1j Admission into MEDWS-Master of Education
1k Admission into MEDCPP-Master of Education (Cog Psych & Educational Prac) [1.5 years]
1l Admission into MEDERP-Master of Education (Ed Research, Evaluation and Assessment) [1.5 years]
1m Admission into MEDGEP-Master of Education (Gifted Education) [1.5 years]
1n Admission into MEDIBP-Master of Education (International Baccalaureate) [1.5 years]
1o Admission into MEDSEP-Master of Education (Special Education) [1.5 years]
1p Admission into MEDLMP-Master of Education (Leadership and Management) [1.5 years]
1q Admission into MEDSAP-Master of Education (Studies of Asia) [1.5 years]
1r Admission into MEDWSP-Master of Education [1.5 years]
1s Admission into MEDLE-Master of Education (Languages Education)
1t Admission into MEDLEP-Master of Education (Languages Education) [1.5 years]
1u Admission into GCTESOL-GradCert in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
1v Admission into GDPTESOL-GradDip in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
2 Admission into BAMTEC-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
2a Admission into BAMTPR-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Primary)
2b Admission into BAMTS-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
2c Admission into BGSCMTPR-Bachelor of General Science, Master of Teaching (Primary)
2d Admission into BLANGMTS-Bachelor of Languages, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
2e Admission into BSCMTS-Bachelor of Science, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
3 108 units of study
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l or 1m or 1n or 1o or 1p or 1q or 1r or 1s or 1t or 1u or 1v)) or ((2 or 2a or 2b or 2c or 2d or 2e) and 3))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of ESOL1001, ESOL8701 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic presents an overview of the theoretical underpinnings of ESOL teaching and learning. The topic encourages students to develop their analytical and reflective skills, and to think critically about the relationship between theory and practice in the development of new knowledge in TESOL.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Create opportunity for participants to explore issues in teaching English as a second language
  • Encourage participants to critique classroom practice
  • Develop original disciplinary knowledge in the field of teaching English as a second or other language (ESOL)
  • Use the critical analyses of knowledge in ESOL to develop original classroom learning experiences
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical understanding of current trends in TESOL
  2. Explain the relationship between theory and practice
  3. Identify and reflect on issues in own practice related to emerging issues in research
  4. Evaluate issues arising in classroom practice based on theoretical understanding and synthesis of a variety of pedagogical examples
  5. Analyse teacher and action research that leads to development of trends in ESOL

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.