English for Teaching - TESOL (TKT)

How to apply

English for Teaching - TESOL (TKT) is designed to enhance students’ English language ability and provide the teaching skills required to become a communicative teacher of English. No prior teaching experience is required.

Our 10-week course offers numerous advantages over more traditional shorter 4 or 5-week TKT TESOL courses:

  • More focus on your own language development in grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and the four skills of speaking, reading, listening and speaking

  • More time to prepare for the TKT exams and greater chance of success

Course length

10 weeks; 200 hours

Course dates 2018

17 September - 23 November 2018 *

* TKT exam will be 22 November

Course dates 2019

16 September - 22 November 2019 




Entry requirements

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

Minimum Upper Intermediate level (CEFR level B2) as determined by an ELA test or
An Academic IELTS test result with the following band score: 5.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in writing*

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



How to apply

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.

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







“I came to the ELA again after studying here two years ago because I found that it had really helped my English. The TKT course will be useful for my future as I would like to become an English teacher in a kindergarten in Korea. I have learnt a different way of teaching that is more focused on student communication, and in the teaching practice I could apply what I was learning during the course. The TKT teachers were really friendly and assisted me whenever I had any questions!”  

Seoyoung Kang from Korea took the TKT course at the ELA