What is the Certificate IV TESOL?

Certificate IV in TESOL CRICOS course code 086290G

This course is a highly practical course that introduces you to current teaching methods, practical teaching ideas and a range of TESOL resources. A major component of the course is your teaching practicum.

Our training methodology is communicative. In practical terms, this means that trainees are engaged with each other in collaborative tasks.

Study Mode

8 weeks full time

View sample timetable here

Key Features

Key Features

  • Government–accredited and internationally recognised course
  • 8 weeks full time
  • 2 weeks optional graduate internship
  • Taught by highly skilled trainers
  • Comprehensive understanding of different learner styles and motivation to teaching
  • Hands on teaching experience

Who is the Certificate IV in TESOL designed for?

  • Non-native (Upper Intermediate and above) speakers who want to enter the English language teaching profession
  • Those who have no teaching experience
  • Experienced teachers who want to further develop their communicative teaching skills through the strong focus on practical teaching
  • Overseas teachers with experience who want to formalise their skills to teach in Australia
  • Anyone interested in being paid to travel and work overseas teaching English

Learning Outcomes

  • The principles of effective planning and teaching
  • A range of practical skills for teaching English to adults
  • Confidence and control in the classroom
  • Increased language awareness and a framework for language analysis
  • A structure for ongoing professional development

More information about Cert IV in TESOL

TESOL methodology & language analysis including:

  • Teaching speaking, writing, reading and listening skills
  • Developing learner’s language knowledge
  • Preparing language lessons using reference materials
  • Planning and evaluating lessons
  • Evaluating TESOL teaching materials for classroom use
  • Managing the English language classroom and the teaching and learning environment
  • Developing teacher professionalism
  • Understanding different learner styles and motivation for teaching
  • Applying knowledge of learner cultural and linguistic backgrounds to teaching, as well as similarities and difference between English and LOTE to teaching
  • Using basic concepts and grammar terminology, as well as basic lexical and phonological terminology
  • Six hours observation of qualified teachers
  • Six hours of observed and assessed teaching practice
  • English language development lessons for students completing the eight week full time course

The units of competency are as follows:

•         HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co- workers

•         TAEDEL401A Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning

•         TSLGLP430A Teach grammar, lexis and pronunciation

•         TSLTSS431A Teach speaking skills

•         TSLTWS432A Teach writing skills

•         TSLTRS433A Teach reading skills

•         TSLTLS434A Teach listening skills

Online Component:

The unsupervised component of the course is approximately 30 hours for each unit, a total of 210 hours. The unsupervised component includes students participating in learning and assessment activities outside of the classroom. The purpose of including the unsupervised component is to provide students with the opportunity to further their knowledge and skills outside of the classroom and allowing them to complete the course within the 8 week time period.

Students will complete the unsupervised hours via a range of modes principally including online learning. In particular, students will complete a variety of written tasks which can be accessed on a Moodle site designed and administered by the school.

On this site, students will complete tasks relevant to each unit of competency. These tasks consist of written questions which are framed so that students are required to, for example, choose the correct answer, given multiple choices or true/false options, match information with another set of given information or produce short and long answer responses. The answers to these tasks will be on-line and students will be able to access them once they complete the tasks. However, the completion of tasks will also be monitored by the course teacher to provide further feedback and support whenever necessary.

Students are also supported through on-going communication via internal messaging and the site forum “the course café” where they will continue to interact with their classmates and teacher once the face to face component of the course is over.


  • You will be required to complete six hours of assessed teaching practice, which is conducted with real classes
  • You will also complete assessed written assignments
  • There is no final examination

Certification & Recognition:

Certification is issued by International House Sydney upon successful completion of the course.  Trainees who complete part of the programme will be issued with a Statement of Attainment outlining the competencies that they achieved.

Entry Criteria:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age on entry to the course

Minimum English language and literacy levels; prospective students must evidence one of the following:

  • English level test score of General IELTS 5.5; OR
  • Academic IELTS 5.5 in all skills; OR
  • Cambridge FCE OR
  • TOEIC 650 + Section B of application forms

Students with official English level test scores may also have to complete a short telephone or in-school speaking test.






Starts every Monday

Course Length:

8 weeks full time (200 face-to-face hours and 210 unsupervised hours)

Course Fees:

Course fee: Enrolment fee (student visa holders) Materials fee  Total
$3,650 $200 $150 $4,000


Course fee: Enrolment fee (other visa holders) Materials fee  Total
$3,650 $100 $150 $3,900



Prospective students without an official level test score will be assessed on campus as part of the application process.

Domestic Students:

Please present the following to International House Sydney

  • Satisfactory completion of Year 12
  • Section A of the application form
  • Signed Terms and Conditions and Indemnity and Release forms

International Students:

Please present the following to International House Sydney

  • Original copy of English level test score
  • Section A of the application form
  • Signed Terms and Conditions and Indemnity and Release forms
If you do not have an official English level test score: 

You will be required to take our in-school English level test, available every Wednesday at 2:45pm at Level 1, 203 Clarence Street, Sydney. Other days and times can also be arranged, at your request.

You will also need to provide:

  • Section A of the application form
  • Signed Terms and Conditions and Indemnity and Release forms
If you are applying from outside Sydney, please complete the following:
  • Section A of the application form
  • Section B of the application form – assessment questions 2 & 3
  • Signed Terms and Conditions and Indemnity and Release forms
  • Students will also be required to complete a short telephone or Skype speaking test