Certificate IV in Communicative TESOL

Develop in-demand English Language skills to advance your teaching career in today's interconnected world.

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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

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

Entry Requirements


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 requirements:

This Course requires you to be at an Advanced Level or have completed the English Proficiency Skills test with an Overall Minimum Pass Rate.

See below requirements to meet an Advanced English Proficiency level:

ELICOS ProviderNumber of Weeks
in this English Level
Entry Level
Test Required
English Unlimited8 weeks minimum80%Minimum Attendance achieved
Other approved ELICOS colleges10 weeks minimum80%Minimum Attendance achieved
Absence of ELICOS school proof  YES

For detailed information please review the documents Minimum Entry Requirements for APC Courses and English Proficiency Tests Comparison chart.

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

DAY 113:00 - 17:30On-campus Tutorial (Online Subject)
DAY 209:00 - 12:00Subject 1: Livestream Lecture13:00 - 16:00Subject 2: Livestream Lecture
DAY 309:00 - 12:00Subject 1: Tutorial (on-campus)12:30 - 15:30Subject 2: Tutorial (on-campus)
  • The above is a sample timetable. Actual timetables may vary between campuses. Please contact APC to find out more information on the specific timetable for this course at the campus of your choice. Student timetables are available in MyAPC.hub. Click here to access the Tutorial Topic Calendar FAQ .
  • International students are expected to attend and study 20 timetabled hours per week.

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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.