What is the Certificate IV in Teaching English (TESOL) Course?

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11146NAT Certificate IV in Teaching English (TESOL) CRICOS: 113036D

An officially recognised TESOL qualification that meets the industry qualification requirements.

Certificate IV in TESOL at International House Sydney has passed the high quality tests to receive the NEAS Endorsed ELT Qualification status.

TESOL introduces you to current teaching methods, practical teaching ideas and a range of resources. It is designed for non-native speakers who want to learn more about the field of teaching and enter the English language teaching profession. No teaching experience is required. Our training methodology is communicative. In practical terms, this means that trainees are engaged with each other in collaborative tasks.

Meet our student Ricardo Vallejo

Study Mode

14 weeks full time

Week 1-4: Introduction to Teaching Principles- Online

Week 5-8: Teaching Methodology- 12.30pm- 6pm (M-F)

Week 9-14: Teaching Practice- 12.30pm- 6pm (M-F)


IH Sydney City | IH Melbourne



Key Features

Key Features

  • 4 weeks of Introduction to TESOL Online. Can be done in Australia or in the home country
  • 4 weeks of TESOL Methodology face-to-face input sessions
  • 6 weeks of Teaching Practice, observed and assessed by qualified trainers
  • 7 written assignments that focus on methodology, terminology, language, learners, materials and professional development
  • Total course duration: 14 weeks
  •  2-week optional graduate internship
  • Government–accredited and internationally recognised course
  • Taught by highly skilled trainers

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

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

NAT11146001 Teach grammar and lexis

NAT11146002 Teach pronunciation

NAT11146003 Teach speaking skills

NAT11146004 Teach writing skills

NAT11146005 Teach reading skills

NAT11156006 Teach listening skills

2024 Start Dates:

Sydney Melbourne
5 Feb4 Mar
2 Apr27 May
27 May19 Aug
22 Jul
16 Sep


Entry Criteria:

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

Minimum English language and literacy levels. Prospective students must produce evidence of one of the following:

  • English level test score of General/Academic IELTS 5.5
  • PTE 43
  • TOEFL 65
  • Cambridge FCE (CEFR B2) with Grade B
  • TOEIC 700 + Speaking Test

Students with official English level test scores will also have to take a short telephone or in-school interview.

Prospective students without an official level test score have to be assessed prior to their enrolment. This can be done on campus or online/phone.