The purpose of the course is to produce skilled and knowledgeable entry-level (English as a Foreign Language/English as a Second Language (EFL/ESL) teachers, teaching assistants and tutors. The course will also enable experienced but unqualified people to acquire a formal qualification in TESOL.
This course is intended to provide participants with a range of knowledge and skills to perform a variety of functions associated with teaching English to speakers of other languages and assisting learners to improve their English language skills, and to obtain teaching assistant, tutoring or teaching positions.
Participants will develop skills in classroom management, presentation techniques, lesson planning and resource preparation, together with skills and knowledge to assist English as a foreign language (EFL) and English as a second language (ESL) learners to improve their grammar, pronunciation, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
Participants will also develop an understanding of different methods of testing language ability and will have the skills and knowledge to be able to assist learners to prepare for a range of English language tests. They will also be provided with an overview of cultural issues likely to be encountered with English language learners both in Australia and overseas.
Short descriptions of each of the 12 units of the 10773NAT Certificate IV in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
TESCUL401A Develop and apply knowledge of cultural factors affecting TESOL teachers
Students will develop and apply knowledge of cross-cultural factors and TESOL contexts. They will analyse personal cultural assumptions and develop a basic understanding of different cultural backgrounds. They will develop skills, attitudes and knowledge to interact with different cultural groups with sensitivity, to identify individual differences and the needs of learners, to communicate effectively and to be prepared for cultural integration.
TESPRN402A Assist learners to improve pronunciation and speech
Students will learn how to help their learners to improve their pronunciation and speech. They will develop a basic knowledge of phonetics and the International Phonetic Alphabet. It includes knowledge and understanding of intonation, rhythm and stress in the English language. They will also learn how to identify vowel sounds and consonant blends that are likely to cause difficulty for learners and apply techniques to overcome learners’ difficulties.
TESGRM403A Assist learners to learn or improve grammar
Students will learn how to help their learners to improve their knowledge of grammar, to use grammar correctly and apply basic grammatical concepts. Students will learn how to explain language in grammatical terms, and recognise and correct grammatical errors. They will learn how to apply the basic terminology of traditional grammar as detailed in grammar textbooks and websites.
TESRES404A Source and develop resources to support learning
Students will learn how to design, develop, adapt, implement and review resources to support EFL/ESL learning for different target groups of learners, including different language levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced) and different age groups (primary, middle school, university and adults). Learning resources are any materials that have been developed to address a particular area of English language learning. They enhance and support the effectiveness of the learning process and provide guidance, materials, stimulation and relevant information to help achieve the learning goals.
TESRED405A Assist learners develop reading and writing skills
Students will learn how to help their learners develop their reading and writing skills. They will learn how to assess their learners’ reading and writing skills, identify common difficulties and problems encountered by English language learners and develop strategies to address these issues.
TESSPK406A Assist learners develop speaking and listening skills
Students will learn how to help their learners develop their speaking and listening skills. They will learn how to assess their learners’ speaking and listening skills, identify common difficulties and problems encountered by English language learners and develop strategies to address these issues.
TESASS407A Assess language learning
Students will learn how to develop and implement tests and activities to assess their learner’s abilities and progress, and in the process to spot deficiencies that require improvement. They will learn how to interpret the results of activities and tests, then utilise these results to plan future learning activities.
TESMTH408A Apply a range of TESOL methodologies
Students will learn about various TESOL methodologies and how to apply them. They will learn how to plan English language skills development programs to meet the needs of their learners and select delivery methods and approaches based on second language acquisition theories. They will also plan learning activities based on their learners’ profiles, characteristics, stage of language acquisition and learning goals.
TESTST409A Assist learners prepare for English language tests
Students will learn how to help their learners to prepare for English language tests. They will learn how to understand the features, strengths and requirements of a range of extensively used English language tests so that they can help their learners to select and prepare for the test most suitable to their needs.
TESCAL410A Use Computer Assisted Language Learning to assist EFL/ESL learners
Students will learn how to use Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) to help their learners. They will learn about various tools such as specially developed software, apps or other items of technology so that they can select the most appropriate tool, help their students to do likewise, and use it to help their learners improve their language.
TESCHD412A Use creative strategies to assist children to learn English
Students will learn how to help children learn English through the use of creative strategies involving a variety of activities that recognise children’s unique abilities and needs. They will encourage their learners’ participation and learning by using a range of creative strategies involving music, drama and storytelling, games and sporting activities, art and craft, and media.
TAEDEL401 Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
Students will learn how to plan, organise and deliver training to groups of learners, typically in classrooms. This unit is a common one for a range of training qualifications at Certificate IV level in Australia, including the 10773NAT Certificate IV in TESOL. Students will learn about industry expectations and compliance regarding planning and delivery, including documentation of learner needs, training programs, training sessions, resource use, risk management, quality assurance and improvement, and records management.