Certificate IV in TESOL

Course Code: 10773NAT

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Share the Gift of the English Language with the Certificate IV in TESOL (10773NAT)!

The nationally accredited 10773NAT Certificate IV in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course is an internationally recognised qualification in teaching English to domestic and international students. This is certainly a wonderful qualification to have in your employability ‘tool kit’!

Where Can the Certificate IV in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Take Your Career?

Becoming qualified in teaching English as a second language is an exciting and life-changing career move.  The 10773NAT Certificate IV in TESOL course is the qualification of choice for anyone wishing to:

  • Teach English around the world
  • Teach English to international students in Australia
  • Add ‘English as a Foreign Language’ to their teaching portfolio

Course Delivery

The Certificate IV in TESOL (10773NAT) course is delivered via Mixed Mode Delivery. This method is self-paced and completed via distance education, using Inspire Education’s online student portal. It includes face-to-face online webinars, self-paced study, workplace learning, directed research and online learning and assessment materials and activities.

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Course Duration: You will have up to 12 months to complete the course from your enrolment date. Inspire has a continual intake of students on this basis.

What Will you Learn in the TESOL Course?

The Certificate IV in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (10773NAT) will solidify your knowledge of the English language, including pronunciation, grammar, and speech, and reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

You will learn how to plan, organise, and deliver group-based learning, and gain skills in sourcing and developing resources to support the learning experience of your students.

Learn to pass on the gift of your language to other cultures, enhancing their self-confidence and developing their skills!

Course Outline & Structure

Expected Study Hours:  Up to 700 hours or more, depending on industry experience

Assessment Methods:  Assessment is conducted using a combination of knowledge assessment, workplace project/project assessment, and practical assessment

For this course, learners will complete a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation as part of the enrolment process. Upon completing this evaluation, you will be provided with a training plan that identifies your Cohort, taking into account your existing level of relevant knowledge and skills. The amount of training and support required for each learner will vary on these 3 Cohorts:

Beginner (Full Study Model) – consists of students with limited relevant knowledge or skill in the competence contained in this qualification and with no recent related industry experience; study hours is up to 700 hours or more

Intermediate (Partial Study Model) – consists of students with moderate prior knowledge and skill in the competence contained in this qualification and with limited recent related industry experience; study hours is from 370 up to 700 hours

Expert (Assessment only) – consists of students with current industry experience of 2 or more years and extensive relevant knowledge and skill; these candidates are recommended to undertake a full recognition pathway; study hours is up to 370 hours

Students will also need to arrange and do 6 hours of supervised teaching at an English Academy or school with language learners to complete this course. The school must provide access to:

  • A mentor-teacher who holds a TESOL qualification or a higher degree ESL degree AND the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment;
  • At least eight (8) adult ESL Learners;
  • At least eight (8) children ESL Learners;
  • Assessment/Testing Tools of the Organisation;
  • Equipment and Technology used in teaching/assessing; and
  • One (1) teacher to observe and provide feedback

Certificate IV in TESOL 10773NAT Course units

The Certificate IV in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) consists of eleven (11) core units and one (1) elective unit.

Core Units:
TAEDEL401Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
TESCUL401Develop and apply knowledge of cultural factors affecting TESOL teachers
TESPRN402Assist learners to improve pronunciation and speech
TESGRM403Assist learners to learn or improve grammar
TESRES404Source and develop resources to support learning
TESRED405Assist learners develop reading and writing skills
TESSPK406Assist learners develop speaking and listening skills
TESASS407Assess language learning
TESMTH408Apply a range of TESOL methodologies
TESTST409Assist learners prepare for English language tests
TESCAL410Use Computer Assisted Language Learning to assist learners
Elective Units:
TESCHD412Use creative strategies to assist children to learn English

Entry Requirements

All applicants, whether native or non-native speakers of English, must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language competence, both written and spoken, that enables them to undertake the course. To start your Cert IV TESOL (10773NAT) you must:

  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Have basic computer skills
  • Have sound language and literacy skills (completed Years 11 and 12, or equivalent)
  • Have the ability to read, write and speak in English fluently and accurately:
    • For native English speakers, these abilities are checked via a thorough oral communication evaluation, as included in the LLN Evaluation
    • For non-native speakers, they will need to have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6.5 (Competent user) or equivalent grading

Students are also required to:

  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI);
  • Provide a valid ID with picture and signature;
  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Evaluation
  • Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies


To support you in your studies Inspire will provide:

  • Access to a student account in the LMS for submission
  • Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • Simulations, where applicable
  • Templates for completing Project Documents

To complete your studies you will need to have access to:

  • A Computer (PC or Mac) with Internet access through Google Chrome Web Browser
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent application
  • MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and MS Excel or equivalent applications
  • At least eight (8) adult learners
  • An observer qualified with TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (or its successor) OR video-recording equipment (mobile phone or camera)
  • At least four (4) ESL learners to conduct practice tests and provide feedback
  • Where possible, access to a workplace where they can complete their assessments under a supervisor*

During your studies, you will be required to arrange for a practical component of at least six (6) hours supervised teaching, as mentioned.

*Inspire Education will provide a simulated environment for students unable to secure a workplace for their assessments – for units applicable under simulated pathway only.

Qualification Pathways

The Certificate IV in TESOL will assist in gaining employment as an ESOL teacher or tutor in Australia and overseas. However, to teach in Australia, additional professional teaching qualifications and experience may be required.

To teach under NEAS, a trainer will need to hold the Certificate IV in TESOL plus a full 3-year Degree as a minimum. Students currently enrolled in this course should consider enrolling in other courses to support any specialisations.

Once enrolled in this course you may also consider additional training to complement your English Teaching skills:

  • TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment – this is a requirement for anyone wishing to teach in TAFE
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – for students interested in specialising in child care and training
  • CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support – ideal for students interested in providing educational support services in schools

Students are also able to further their studies in the area of TESOL by studying the 10688NAT Diploma of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is available to any learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered within the qualification. See the RPL Guide for more information on this process and how to apply.

Inspire works with a range of reputable parties to market and recruit for national qualification and courses. Students of Inspire Education may be recruited by other parties under specific arrangements.

Help Guides and Articles

1. Frequently Asked Questions about TESOL

2. Teaching English As A Second Language In Singapore

3. Essentials Of Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages (TESOL)


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