Prepare for a career teaching English to speakers of other languages by studying TESOL.

Subject overview

You can develop a good understanding of English and second language learning from the perspective of teaching a language. You can learn how to analyse language and how people learn languages as well as how languages are effectively taught. You can also gain skills to plan, teach and assess interactive lessons for both adult and young learners.

Later stages involve studying how to develop curriculum, how to incorporate tasks in language teaching and the use of literature or technology.

You can study TESOL as a Bachelor of Arts major and also in the Bachelor of Education.

Where can TESOL take you?

A degree in TESOL will prepare you for a range of career options, including language education consultancy, curriculum development, educational leadership, policy advisory, teaching in international schools and supporting speakers of other languages in community settings. After graduating with BEd or BA(TESOL), you can complete an additional one-year programme that qualifies you to teach in a New Zealand primary or secondary school. See the options below.

Career options with Education and Social Work degree

Career options with an Arts degree

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