English for Teaching - TESOL (TKT)

How to apply

English for Teaching - TESOL (TKT) is designed to enhance your English language ability and provide the teaching skills required to become a communicative teacher of English. It is ideal if you want to prove your teaching knowledge with a globally recognised certificate. With TKT, you show employers that you:

• Are familiar with different teaching methodologies
• Know how to use teaching resources effectively
• Understand key aspects of lesson planning
• Can use different classroom management methods for different needs

Both the courses include Module 1, 2, and 3. Module 1 provides an overview and background to language teaching. Module 2 covers the knowledge and skills you need to plan lessons and the types of assessment and resources that can guide your lesson planning. Module 3 covers teachers’ and learners’ language and classroom management.

An overview of the 4 week and 10 week course in 2020 below: 

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Please note the TKT exam in the 2019 course is optional and needs to be registered and paid separately with our test centre here. 

2019 Course length and date

4 weeks; 80 hours
19 August - 13 September 2019  

2019 Test date

12 September 2019 (Registration closes 7 August 2019) 

A Teacher Knowledge Test (TKT) can be registered separately with our test centre here. 

2020 Course length and dates 

4 weeks; 80 hours 
10 weeks; 200 hours

16 March – 9 April (4 weeks)
 2 June – 26 June (4 weeks)
14 September – 20 November (10 weeks)



To be eligible for English for Teaching TESOL (TKT), students need to meet the following English language entry requirements:

ELA: Minimum Upper Intermediate level (CEFR level B2) as determined by an ELA test 

IELTS: 5.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in writing band 

* The IELTS score must have been issued within 12 months of the course commencement date



If you don't have a valid IELTS test result, you can apply as follows:

Step 1

Take the online level test (this will determine if you are Upper-Intermediate level)

Step 2

Contact the Course Coordinator, tesol@ela.auckland.ac.nz. You will then receive an application form together with further instructions and a Writing test, which should be hand-written, scanned, and submitted.

Step 3
The Course Coordinator will contact you for an interview. You will be notified after the interview whether you have been offered a place on the course. Acceptance onto the course is subject to the interview and placement test results.

Step 4 

Upon acceptance into the course, please register for your TKT Test by completing this application form. Registrations close 7th August 2019.

*Please note that this course will run subject to a minimum number of students.



2019: $1,840 (4 weeks)

TKT Test Price: $305

2020: $2,150 (4 weeks) / $5,190 (10 weeks)

*Please note other fees may apply. Test price is not included in the tuition fee. 


  • The Teacher Knowledge Test (TKT) can be registered for the 12th September 2019. These tests will assess the each of the teaching knowledge modules covered in the course. This needs to be registered and paid separately with our test centre using the link here
  • Please note deadline for test registration closes 7th August 2019. 








“This course was perfect for me as it was an introduction to the teaching world. They provide you with teaching techniques so you can develop your own skills. By doing a lot of classroom activities, I learnt how to create my own lesson plans and developed my classroom management skills, which was very important.The teaching practice is really rewarding when you can give a good class, and you feel that your students are able to improve their English. If you really want to become a teacher one day this is the first step.”  

Ignacio, Chile