TESOL Training Courses
Interested in training to become an ESOL teacher? Have a look at some of the pathways into the profession.
For more information on TESOL and training requirements, see Careers New Zealand.
If you are a prospective student and wish to find an English language class, see New Zealand Now to find one near you. The Tertiary Education Commission provides additional information on Pre-purchased English Language Tuition (PELT).
Pathways into TESOL
In order to help individuals select a possible qualification or course, scenarios have been described below. We strongly encourage you to be thorough in your research to select the best option for you.
Interested in helping former refugees and migrants? You could volunteer as an ESOL Home Tutor. See English Language Partners for more.
Primary or Secondary Teacher
Check the Ministry of Education website for information on ESOL and professional development opportunities.
Consider a course such as the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language (GradCertTEAL).
Going on an OE
If you do not have a university degree, consider the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) or the Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL). There are numerous providers around New Zealand.
Those with a university degree may consider a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (GradCertTESOL).
Teaching ESL at a university
A higher degree is usually required, such as the Master of Arts in TESOL. There are multiple providers around New Zealand.
Private schools within New Zealand
Institutions set their own qualification standards. Contact some of the schools where you would like to teach and ask if you can talk to the Head of School or Director of Studies about what qualifications would be required.
Specific course providers are not endorsed by TESOLANZ. Accreditation of providers is given by NZQA.
The Bay Learning Academy teacher education course offers a theoretical and practical insight into teaching approaches and methods, and the structural, lexical and phonological aspects of English and provides an array of helpful ideas, techniques and activities for students at different levels. The programme is communicative, interactive and also includes moderated Teaching Practice sessions, handouts and lesson materials. As a result of over 8 years offering this course, we have graduates teaching all over the world as well as in NZ. Come and learn, teach and travel.