Graduate Certificate in English as an International Language

Course L03AA (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 055536B
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 6 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Sue Worthington


Education Student Centre

Level 2 Alice Hoy Building

Course Overview:

The Graduate Certificate in English as an International Language develops students' communicative competence in English for international academic, business and professional situations. This intensive program of study introduces students to key understandings about English in use and to the cultural practices that underlie its use in diverse international contexts. Students develop skills in critical thinking, analysis and independent learning. Participation in seminars and oral presentations and completion of essays and reports develops students' ability to apply appropriate academic and research skills. The certificate is an entry point to the articulated structure of higher degree studies comprising the Diploma in English as an International Language and the Master of English as an International Language.

This course is only available to students for whom English is a second or other language. Fees per semester are $9900 in 2009.

Students can commence in any semester. Orientation is usually held in the week prior to commencement of semester. All classes are taught at the Hawthorn campus.


Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate in English as an International Language course should be able to:

  • Understand the English language and its variability in different social contexts;
  • Appreciate how to acquire and develop language skills and other knowledge in and through English;
  • Be able to use English in a variety of social and professional contexts;
  • Learn how to learn a language and continue to develop their English independently;
  • Articulate their knowledge appropriately in English;
  • Exhibit analytic and problem solving skills;
  • Work independently to achieve goals and to promote their own language development learning;
  • Interact effectively when required with others without being inhibited by English.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Students undertake 50 points of study

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Entry Requirements:

An applicant may be eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate in English as an International Language, if the applicant has:

  • Completed a recognised bachelor degree, or equivalent qualifications

English test results required for admission

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL (paper-based test)
577 + TWE 4.5 233 + 4.5 essay rating

TOEFL (computer-based test)
233 + 4.5 essay rating

TOEFL (internet-based test)
79 + Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13

Pearson Test of English (Academic)
58-64 inclusive & no communicative skill below 50

Core Participation Requirements:

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Graduate School policy to take reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the Graduate School’s programs.
The core participation requirements for study in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education are:

In all courses

  1. The ability to comprehend complex information related to education and the disciplines in which the student is teaching.
  2. The ability to communicate clearly and independently in assessment tasks a knowledge of the content, principles and practices relating to education and other relevant disciplines.
  3. Behavioural and social attributes that enable a student to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.

    In courses requiring students to undertake practicum placements
  4. The ability to undertake professional practice placements independently, including:
    a. the ability based on personal maturity to establish a professional relationship with students and interact with them appropriately;
    b. the ability to communicate to students the subject matter being taught with clarity and in a way that is age-sensitive;
    c. the ability to model literacy and numeracy skills independently for students and in all their interactions meet community expectations of the literacy and numeracy skills teachers should have;
    d. the ability to demonstrate skilfully and safely activities required in particular discipline areas being taught (e.g. physical education activities, science laboratory techniques);
    e. the ability to create, monitor and maintain a safe physical environment, a stable and supportive psychological environment, and a productive learning environment in their classroom;
    f. the ability to establish effective relationships with all members of the school community, including colleagues, students, and caregivers;
    g. the ability based on mental and physical health to exercise sound judgment and respond promptly to the demands of classroom situations, and the personal resilience to cope and maintain their wellbeing under stress.

Students who feel a disability will prevent them from meeting the above academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit.

Graduate Attributes:

Not available

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