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What is an accredited TESOL course?
The essential difference between accredited courses and non-accredited courses is that the completion of an accredited training course means you are issued with a nationally recognised certification such as a Certificate I, II, III,  or IV, or a higher qualification such as a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

In Australia, courses are accredited with ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) who are the ‘national regulator for vocation education and training’.  For a course to be accredited it must go through a rigorous and expensive process to ensure it meets the needs of the relevant industry.  All accredited courses are listed on the  Australian Government database www.training.gov.au  You can find the current accredited TESOL courses here.

Although the process is the same for all accredited courses, the purpose and content varies considerably, with some courses being much more extensive than others.  You can download a report on all the accredited TESOL courses currently being offered. Submit your details below and we will email you the report
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Why should I enrol in an accredited TESOL course?

Australian accredited courses are highly valued and recognised internationally so if you have an Australian qualification, you are likely to exceed the requirements for many international or online positions. However, teaching positions in Australia can be more competitive than in many overseas countries, so if graduates want to teach in Australian English schools and colleges, the qualification they complete must satisfy NEAS requirements.

NEAS is the ‘Global Leader in Quality Assurance for the English Language Teaching Community and they provide a number of services that support the English Language Teaching (ELT) Community including the  approval of ELT teacher qualifications. To satisfy NEAS requirements a recognised TESOL qualification results from a program of study having all of the following characteristics:

  • no less than 100 contact hours, or the equivalent in Distance Education programs, with a content focus on English language, language learning and TESOL teaching
  • a practical component including at least six hours practice teaching in TESOL to actual students (not to classmates), supervised and assessed by a teacher who is qualified as per these requirements
  • is a recognised qualification delivered by an education provider registered with government as being eligible to deliver nationally recognised qualifications
What are AQF levels?
The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF),

sets out the standards of education and qualifications for Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses in Australia. It incorporates all qualifications across every education sector into one policy framework.

Let’s look at what some of the levels mean:

AQF Level 4 – Certificate IV

The purpose of the Certificate IV qualification type is to qualify individuals who apply a broad range of specialised knowledge and skills in varied contexts to undertake skilled work and as a pathway for further learning.

AQF Level 5 – Diploma 

The purpose of the Diploma qualification type is to qualify individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning.

Diploma qualifications are available for accreditation and issuance in both higher education and vocational education and training.

What are all the acronyms relating to teaching English?
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CEFR
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
CELTA
Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults – UK qualification
EAL/D
English as an Additional Language or Dialect – term used in schools as part of Australian National Schools Curriculum
EAP
English for Academic Purposes
EFL
English as a Foreign Language – taught in student’s own country, where there are very few opportunities for practice
ELICOS
English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students
ELT
English Language Teaching
ESL
English as a Second Language – taught in the English-speaking country to non-native speakers, who are immersed in the language
IELTS
International English Language Testing System
L1, L2
First language, second language
TEFL
Teaching English as a Foreign Language - usually taught in student’s own country
TESOL
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TOEFL
Test of English as a foreign language – test for students applying to USA institutions
TOEIC
Test of English for International Communication - used to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment
Where can I teach with a Certificate IV in TESOL?
The accredited qualification is recognised internationally so you can teach in many countries if you have both a TESOL qualification and a Bachelor Degree in any discipline.

You can also teach in online ESL schools and also tutor private students either online or face-to-face.
What is the best TESOL course to study?

Both the Australian Certificate IV in TESOL qualification and the British CELTA qualification are recognised internationally.  TESOL courses range in price from around AU$1,300-2,000, whereas CELTA courses are more expensive usually starting around AU$3,000.

 

CELTA courses are usually more intensive, meaning the participant has less time to complete the course.  This can be great if you want a qualification quickly.  However, it may not give you enough time to really understand what you study or put practice a lot. TESOL courses tend to be more flexible and most seem to offer up to12 months to complete the course, especially those that are online.

 

TEFL courses tend to be cheaper but are often not recognised due to the number of hours of participation.

Frequently asked questions

What is an accredited TESOL course?
The essential difference between accredited courses and non-accredited courses is that the completion of an accredited training course means you are issued with a nationally recognised certification such as a Certificate I, II, III,  or IV, or a higher qualification such as a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

In Australia, courses are accredited with ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) who are the ‘national regulator for vocation education and training’.  For a course to be accredited it must go through a rigorous and expensive process to ensure it meets the needs of the relevant industry.  All accredited courses are listed on the  Australian Government database www.training.gov.au  You can find the current accredited TESOL courses here.

Although the process is the same for all accredited courses, the purpose and content varies considerably, with some courses being much more extensive than others.  You can download a report on all the accredited TESOL courses currently being offered. Submit your details below and we will email you the report
FAQ Opt-in Form
Why should I enrol in an accredited TESOL course?

Australian accredited courses are highly valued and recognised internationally so if you have an Australian qualification, you are likely to exceed the requirements for many international or online positions. However, teaching positions in Australia can be more competitive than in many overseas countries, so if graduates want to teach in Australian English schools and colleges, the qualification they complete must satisfy NEAS requirements.

NEAS is the ‘Global Leader in Quality Assurance for the English Language Teaching Community and they provide a number of services that support the English Language Teaching (ELT) Community including the  approval of ELT teacher qualifications. To satisfy NEAS requirements a recognised TESOL qualification results from a program of study having all of the following characteristics:

  • no less than 100 contact hours, or the equivalent in Distance Education programs, with a content focus on English language, language learning and TESOL teaching
  • a practical component including at least six hours practice teaching in TESOL to actual students (not to classmates), supervised and assessed by a teacher who is qualified as per these requirements
  • is a recognised qualification delivered by an education provider registered with government as being eligible to deliver nationally recognised qualifications
What are AQF levels?
The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF),

sets out the standards of education and qualifications for Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses in Australia. It incorporates all qualifications across every education sector into one policy framework.

Let’s look at what some of the levels mean:

AQF Level 4 – Certificate IV

The purpose of the Certificate IV qualification type is to qualify individuals who apply a broad range of specialised knowledge and skills in varied contexts to undertake skilled work and as a pathway for further learning.

AQF Level 5 – Diploma 

The purpose of the Diploma qualification type is to qualify individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning.

Diploma qualifications are available for accreditation and issuance in both higher education and vocational education and training.

What are all the acronyms relating to teaching English?
1 2
CEFR
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
CELTA
Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults – UK qualification
EAL/D
English as an Additional Language or Dialect – term used in schools as part of Australian National Schools Curriculum
EAP
English for Academic Purposes
EFL
English as a Foreign Language – taught in student’s own country, where there are very few opportunities for practice
ELICOS
English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students
ELT
English Language Teaching
ESL
English as a Second Language – taught in the English-speaking country to non-native speakers, who are immersed in the language
IELTS
International English Language Testing System
L1, L2
First language, second language
TEFL
Teaching English as a Foreign Language - usually taught in student’s own country
TESOL
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TOEFL
Test of English as a foreign language – test for students applying to USA institutions
TOEIC
Test of English for International Communication - used to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment
Where can I teach with a Certificate IV in TESOL?
The accredited qualification is recognised internationally so you can teach in many countries if you have both a TESOL qualification and a Bachelor Degree in any discipline.

You can also teach in online ESL schools and also tutor private students either online or face-to-face.
What is the best TESOL course to study?

Both the Australian Certificate IV in TESOL qualification and the British CELTA qualification are recognised internationally.  TESOL courses range in price from around AU$1,300-2,000, whereas CELTA courses are more expensive usually starting around AU$3,000.

 

CELTA courses are usually more intensive, meaning the participant has less time to complete the course.  This can be great if you want a qualification quickly.  However, it may not give you enough time to really understand what you study or put practice a lot. TESOL courses tend to be more flexible and most seem to offer up to12 months to complete the course, especially those that are online.

 

TEFL courses tend to be cheaper but are often not recognised due to the number of hours of participation.

What is the purpose of the English language programs?

The purpose of the English language courses aim to prepare students for further study in nationally accredited programs in the Vocational Education sector and higher education, as well as cater to migrants, refugees, indigenous Australians, international students, and individuals looking to improve their English language skills for various community, educational, or vocational contexts.

What are the current accredited English language programs available?

Currently, there are two main accredited English language programs:

Certificates I – IV in English Proficiency (owned by TAFE South Australia)

Certificates I – IV in Spoken & Written English (CSWE) (owned by TAFE NSW)

Why are the existing accredited English programs not sufficient?

The TAFE SA accredited courses have high-quality content but are cost-prohibitive for most Registered Training Organizations (RTOs). The copyright owners require a substantial payment of per year for each qualification, making it challenging for smaller RTOs to afford.

The TAFE NSW CSWE courses have some relevant content but also include non-English language training package units, which might not be suitable for all English learners. Additionally, they lack sufficient speaking units and neglect discrete pronunciation or grammar focus, especially in the lower qualifications.

How will the English Programs benefit learners and RTOs?

The programs fill the gaps identified in the current accredited English courses and cater to diverse groups of learners. They include all necessary macro-skills, ensuring learners develop a strong competency in English language skills.

For RTOs, the program offers an affordable alternative to meet the English language needs of specific learner cohorts.

As a competitor to CRICOS courses, these programs cater for learners who do not hold a ‘student visa’.  

What are the intended outcomes of the English program?

The four qualifications are designed to build upon each other progressively. Participants who complete the program will attain a high level of competency in English language skills, enabling them to continue their education or find employment in English-speaking environments.

However, students can also undertake specific courses based on their needs. For example, Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes may be enough for entry into VET qualifications or higher education, depending on their official language proficiency test results.

Refer to the Learner Profiles for more information.

What is the purpose of each certificate within the program?

Certificate I in Communicative English: Provides learners with basic English competence for simple everyday communications.

Certificate II in Routine English: Offers a more comprehensive level of English competency for higher-level day-to-day interactions.

Certificate III in Functional English for Study and Employment: Provides advanced English proficiency to access further study and employment opportunities.

Certificate IV in English for Higher Education Preparation: Equips learners to excel in English proficiency tests relevant to higher education studies in Australia and prepares them for vocational education and international education programs.

How much does it cost to access the program materials and assessments?

Program licenses are available for a one-off fee per course for the duration of accreditation. Assessments for all courses, including a matrix showing coverage of all required elements, are available for an additional fee per course.

Why are there no course resources provided?

ITC decided not to provide course resources due to the diverse range of learners and the availability of excellent English language resources already accessible. Ready made resources can also inhibit experienced ESL/EFL teachers teaching style.

At Weekly Schedule is provided as an alternative.  This Schedule is a flexible document that gives guidance on what needs to be covered in all teaching areas under different topics.  

English teachers are strongly advised to pre-read all the assessment task (if purchased) before the start of the teaching semester.  ITC encourages the use of assessment tasks as ongoing formative assessment through the program.

Yes. All teachers delivering lessons will need to have a up to date TAE40116 - Certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification.

ITC decided not to provide course resources due to the diverse range of learners and the availability of excellent English language resources already accessible. Ready made resources can also inhibit experienced ESL/EFL teachers teaching style.

At Weekly Schedule is provided as an alternative.  This Schedule is a flexible document that gives guidance on what needs to be covered in all teaching areas under different topics.  

English teachers are strongly advised to pre-read all the assessment task (if purchased) before the start of the teaching semester.  ITC encourages the use of assessment tasks as ongoing formative assessment through the program.

If you have any further questions please contact us.