The TESOL & Language Studies major is advantageous for those planning a career in teaching English, or any language to non-native speakers. 

Students learn basic language teaching methodologies by gaining understanding of how languages work, regarding language structure, language systems and literary texts. Further to this, students will learn both about how people learn a language and how to effectively teach one, through practical experience in preparing, teaching and reviewing lessons. As part of this major you may opt to take the Trinity College London Certificate of TESOL, which enables you to teach English anywhere in the world.


The content of the TESOL & Language Studies major focuses on both preparing students for a successful career in teaching English anywhere in the world to speakers of other languages, and on developing skills and knowledge in areas of communication, including intercultural communication and communication in the globalised world.



Majoring in TESOL & Language Studies will open a career pathway into the follow industries:

  • Foreign affairs
  • Media communications
  • Language teaching
  • Translation services

Compulsory paper for this major.



The Trinity Certificate in TESOL is an initial teacher training qualification that will equip you with the basic skills and knowledge to take up a first post as an ESOL teacher. It consists of five units, the most extensive of which is the teaching unit. In this you will learn how to plan, deliver and evaluate courses and lessons.  In your first full week of the course on campus at IPU New Zealand, you will give your first lesson to genuine ESOL students in a real classroom.

  • Unit 1 Teaching Practice Journal and Practical Teaching
  • Unit 2 Language Awareness
                a) Course Review Test
                b) Use of Language Awareness in Teaching
  • Unit 3 Learner Profile
  • Unit 4 Materials Assignment
  • Unit 5 Unknown Language

When you study Language Awareness, you will discover that you know more grammar than you ever thought you did.  You will interview an English learner and write a profile of their language ability.  In the Materials Assignment, you will create a battery of teaching materials which you will be able to use in your classroom in future. And you will briefly study a language unknown to you, to put you in the situation of a learner studying English for the first time. 

This is a highly intensive, extremely rewarding course, which could change your life.


With over two billion people expected to be using or learning English by the mid-2020s, the need for teachers with high-quality, internationally-recognised English language teaching qualifications has never been greater.

Trinity’s position as a leading provider of international qualifications for TESOL teachers (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) means that these qualifications are ideally placed to meet your professional teaching needs, no matter where you are in your teaching career. Courses leading to Trinity qualifications are delivered by over 100 validated course providers worldwide.

IPU New Zealand is only one of two Trinity London accredited centres in New Zealand.