EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience (4)

This subject builds on understandings of the nature of effective pedagogical practices that encompass teaching, learning, and assessment in ESL/EFL classrooms. Students will undertake a 20-hour professional experience program, of which 6 hours must be in a face-to-face teaching context. During this experience they will be expected to critically integrate theory and practice in relation to ESL/EFL classroom management issues while exploring a range of second language acquisition teaching styles and methods to accommodate varying learning needs and contexts. Students are required to undertake ESL/EFL classroom observation, team teaching, and independent teaching to demonstrate their progress as an ESL/EFL teacher. Students are also required to develop their skills of professional reflective practice.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EPT504. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply the teaching-learning cycle within a TESOL context;
  • be able to provide engaging learning experiences that appropriately address learner needs;
  • be able to explain and apply different methods and strategies for teaching English language in context;
  • be able to plan effective English language learning sequences that reflect local contexts and the learners’ needs;
  • be able to apply contexualised classroom management strategies;
  • be able to collaborate with a TESOL professional to meet the above objectives; and
  • be able to engage in critically reflective collegial dialogue with TESOL professionals.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Teaching & Learning Cycle in TESOL contexts
  • Practical resource selection and use
  • Creating and managing engaging learning environments
  • Responding to learners and contexts, including improvised teaching, contingency scaffolding, etc.
  • Developing practitioner identity
  • Developing professional relationships through cooperative planning, reflective dialogs, constructive feedback, etc.
  • Critical reflection

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EPT504 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Tesol professional experience report

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 3 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

This workplace experience must take place in an approved ESL/EFL setting. It is of 20 hours duration, six of which must be in face-to-face teaching context.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.