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Graduate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Incorporating the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


Course details

  • One year full-time or two years part-time
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $7,340*
  • Level 7
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: One semester full-time, one or two years part-time.
  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: One year full-time, two years or longer part-time.

Please note, places on this programme are limited.


This programme is designed for those who want to work with people learning English as a second or additional language. These programmes are suitable for trained teachers as well as those with little or no teaching experience.

If students are currently teaching in primary, secondary, and tertiary education, they will be able to apply and integrate specialist knowledge and practical skills relating to teaching English to speakers of other languages to the students they teach.

Students with limited teaching experience or who are not currently teaching will be able to observe English language teaching and learning in a range of authentic classrooms and will complete a supervised teaching practicum with adult learners.

What you will learn

Students will gain knowledge and practical skills relating to teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) as well as the experience of applying and integrating these into particular teaching contexts. Students will gain knowledge of English linguistics, learners and language learning processes, and language teaching methodology. Students will also gain the experience of beginning to learn a new language and reflecting on their own language learning, and apply this experience to teach those who are learning English as a second or additional language.

If exiting the programme after successfully completing the first five modules, students are awarded the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

View programme modules

Group A Compulsory modules

Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
ESTE601Language Learning Experience 65 ESTE602
ESTE602Language Learning Reflections 610 ESTE601
ESTE603BLinguistics for Language Teaching 715 
Learners and Language Learning Processes
Learners and Language Learning Processes


Language Teaching Methodology and Practice
Language Teaching Methodology and Practice



Group B Additional compulsory modules

Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
ESTE703Evaluating and Developing Assessment Tasks 730ESTE601
ESTE604B or ESTE605B
ESTE701 or ESTE702
ESTE704Curriculum and Materials Design 730ESTE601
ESTE604B or ESTE605B
ESTE701 or ESTE702

Scheduling and workload 

The TESOL programme is run over a 15-week semester. In general, there is one three-hour class for each module taken, although two of the modules have some extra time required for certain parts of the semester. There is plenty of time between classes to work on assessment tasks.

Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed teaching English to English learners in the primary, secondary, or tertiary education sectors in New Zealand or overseas.

Frequently asked questions

What can I expect from the class schedule and workload?

We recommend thinking of this programme as a full-time job with 40 hours each week dedicated to your study. 

How much time outside of class will I need to spend on study?

Students will be expected to undertake 6-7 hours of self-directed study each week, for each module. 

What opportunities will I get to work in industry?

Students will get plenty of opportunities to observe real language learners and teachers in different learning contexts. Students will also go on a teaching practicum, where they will work with language learners to practice what they have been taught throughout the programme. 

Are there any additional costs associated with this programme?

Students will be required to purchase three textbooks. There will also be some small costs for travelling around Hamilton to observe and work with English language learners, photocopying during the teaching practicum, and the cost of printing assignments.

Will this programme be covered by the Government’s fees-free initiative?

What support will I get while I study?

Students will have access to free study preparation courses, academic resources, a specialist student learning services team, a library filled with resources and staffed by expert librarians, a dedicated team for Māori and Pasifika support, disability support services, and affordable healthcare on campus.

Undergraduate, semester, pathway and module – what do these words mean?

Undergraduate means any study up to the level of completing a bachelor degree. Our academic year is made up of two main semesters, one from February to June and the other from July to November. We also have a summer semester for some classes. A degree is made up of a mix of compulsory and elective modules; modules are worth between 15 and 60 credits. A year’s worth of full-time study is 120 credits. 


Entry criteria

General academic admission

a) Candidates who have a professional teaching qualification suitable for registration as a teacher, or
b) who have a Level 7 degree qualification

Special admission

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success1 may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

Provisional entry

Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the Centre Director or designated nominee.

Selection criteria

Candidates who do not have either a professional teaching qualification for registration as a teacher or a Level 7 degree qualification are required to attend an interview and complete a selection task (e.g. Language Awareness task) to demonstrate written literacy and language analysis skills at a level suitable for classroom language teaching.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0, with no individual band score lower than 5.5; or equivalent.

Safety check

In order to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children Act, 2014 and Wintec Child Protection Policies for all ‘specified organisations’ providing a ‘regulated service’, all candidates/students may be subjected to safety checking. These will include but are not limited to :

  • A formal interview
  • Identification checks
  • Referee checks
  • Police vetting
  • A risk assessment

Any unsatisfactory result arising from the full safety checking process may result in the candidate/student being precluded/declined entry or withdrawn from the programme of study. Furthermore, students must declare any pending or new convictions arising during any stage throughout the entire enrolment period. A conviction or failure to declare a conviction may also result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the programme.

Persons who are convicted of ‘specified offences’ will not be accepted onto any programme that requires that Person to work in an organisation providing a regulated service.

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Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

​​​Your first day is dependent on the modules selected. You are required to attend the sessions for your selected modules.

Students starting Semester 2 2023

Module codeModule nameFirst dayTimeVenue
ESTE601Language Learning ExperienceTuesday 18 July 20234.15pm-7.15pmDlg.26
ESTE602Language Learning ReflectionsTuesday 18 July 20234.15pm-7.15pmDlg.26
ESTE603BLinguistics for Language TeachingMonday 17 July 202310am-1pmDlg.26
ESTE604B or
Learners and Language Learning ProcessesWednesday 19 July 202310am-1pmDlg.26
ESTE701 or ESTE702Language Teaching Methodology and PracticeThursday  20 July 20234.15pm-7.15pmDlg.26
ESTE703Evaluating and Developing Assessment TasksTuesday 18 July 202310am-1pmDlg.26
ESTE704Curriculum and Materials DesignWednesday 19 July 20234.15pm-7.15pmDlg.26

What you will need

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - payment and permits may be required. The Gardens Campus has free parking available. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

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