Professional Practice - TESOL

Unit code: AEG5124 | Study level: Postgraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park
AEG5123 - TESOL Methodology
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit of study will involve a 25-day placement (equivalent to 200 hours)  in an approved ESL teaching context under the supervision of an experienced supervising teacher who holds a post-graduate TESOL qualification and who has taught ESL for at least two years. Placements can be undertaken in primary or secondary schools or a variety of adult settings. Student placements should be according to the sector they intend working in. The 25 day practicum should comprise a minimum of 20 days where the student teaches planned lessons and a further 5 days of focussed observation of qualified and experienced ESL practitioners. During the placement, the student must be visited on at least one occasion by a university supervisor. It is a requirement that students participate as fully as possible in the ESL program during their placement. As well as observing and teaching classes, activities must include: familiarisation with policies and procedures of the program; study of the curriculum documents used with the learners; familiarisation with assessment procedures and practices; observation of learner placement interviews; assisting individual ESL learners / small group work within a class; correction of learners’ work; preparation of teaching resources; participation in excursions and other special activities; attendance at staff / planning / department / curriculum meetings.

20 days have to be spent in the classroom teaching (minimum 2 lessons of 50 minutes each per day) and 5 days have to be spent on observation.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Exhibit competence in a range of key knowledge areas including curriculum planning, contemporary language-teaching methodologies and assessment which meet the diverse needs of students;
  2. Contextualise and apply contemporary principles in planning language learning, techniques and resources for effective teaching and learning of spoken and written English;
  3. Evaluate and develop strategies to foster a positive learning environment for diverse learners;
  4. Implement enhanced teaching skills and critically reflect on professional practice in second language contexts; and
  5. Apply and validate the theoretical and practical learning opportunities to become an accomplished and autonomous TESOL practitioner.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: Pass/Fail
Professional Practice Portfolio
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: Pass/Fail
Supervised professional practice accompanied by the report
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: Pass/Fail
Planning principles

Required reading

As this is a field placement unit of study, no single required reading is recommended as students will be in a variety of settings.

As part of a course

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