Certificate IV in Communicative TESOL

This course develops skills and knowledge for teaching English to non-English speaking learners in a variety of contexts, both in Australia and overseas.

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This course aims to develop the skills and knowledge required for teaching English to non-English speaking learners in a variety of contexts, both in Australia and overseas. It is designed for: 

  • People who are qualified teachers in their own countries but who wish to obtain a qualification in modern, communicative teaching techniques, focusing on the teaching of oral English;
  • People who are not qualified teachers but who wish to work as teaching assistants or otherwise in their own countries;
  • People who wish to teach in ELICOS colleges in Australia or EFL (English as a Foreign Language) overseas.

During the course you will develop your understanding of essential theory related to Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language, whilst also developing your practical teaching skills in the classroom through supervised classroom teaching practicum.

Certificate IV in Communicative TESOL course at Australian Pacific College

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Course Structure

  • Preparing for Learners, Reading and Writing 
  • Teaching Learners, Reading and Writing
  • Leading Learners
  • Preparing for Language, Listening and Speaking
  • Teaching Language, Listening and Speaking
  • Preparing Grammar
Australian Pacific College Student studying Certificate IV in Communicative TESOL

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) is available for all courses, subjects and units of learning and competency being offered by APC and APC Design School.

If you have experience, skills and knowledge in your field of work – you may be eligible or even close to attaining a related qualification.

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TESOL candidates are assessed through lesson preparation, and completion of supervised classroom teaching practicum placements.

Entry Requirements

Academic: Successful completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent.(note: university degree is highly recommended) In addition, all applicants must satisfactorily complete the TESOL interview. Please note: To teach in Australia upon completion of this course, applicants are required to have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

English language proficiency: General English – Advanced Level; or English Proficiency Skills test result as per the APC requirements.

To participate in APC courses students need to have certain technical equipment, software and design equipment. Please check this Technology and Equipment Standard for Students.

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Sample Timetable

  • International students are expected to attend and study 20 timetabled hours per week.
Day 1Day 2Day 3
08:30 – 11:3008:30 – 11:3008:30 – 12:30
Subject 1 Lecture (LEC)Subject 2 Lecture (LEC)Academic Support Material (ASM) tutorial (online subject)
12:30 – 15:3012:30 – 15:30
Subject Enhancing Tutorial (SET)Subject Enhancing Tutorial (SET)
16:00 – 18:0016:00 – 18:00
Subject Enhancing Tutorial (SET)Subject Enhancing Tutorial (SET)

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Bundle and Save on Visa Costs

Course bundling is when you apply for a series of related courses, instead of just one course, saving you money on your visa costs. 

For example, if you are interested in a Certificate II or Certificate III course, you can combine it into a bundle with a related Certificate IV course. Or combine a Certificate IV course with a related Diploma and Advanced Diploma.