Teacher of English to speakers of other languages Skills Assessment

What is the requirement of a Teacher of English to speakers of other languages Skills Assessment?

VETASSESS SKILLS ASSESSMENT TEACHER OF ENGLISH

What’s the Skills Assessment – Job Description

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages teach classes in English to students whose first language is a language other than English.

Alternative Title for Vetassess Skills Assessment:

  • English as a Second Language Teacher

What is the Requirement for Skills Assessment

Please note that a Skills Assessment of the qualification involves assessment of both the qualification level and content.

Qualifications are assessed according to the guidelines published by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

The skills assessment involves determining the skill level and relevance of the tasks undertaken. Integrity checks may be conducted to verify the qualification and employment claims made in an application.

What is the Requirement for occupation

This occupation requires

a qualification assessed as comparable to the educational level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree or higher*, in a field highly relevant to the nominated occupation.


Applicants must also have at least one year of highly relevant, post-qualification employment, at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years. If the qualification(s) are not at the required educational level, and not in a highly relevant field of study, or if the employee has been completed prior to the qualification, then the applicant will be assessed below the required skill level.


A positive assessment of both qualifications and employment is required for a positive Skills Assessment Outcome.

What’s the requirement for Qualification

AQF Bachelor degree or higher degree

Highly relevant major fields of study include:

  • TESOL
  • English as a Second Language Teaching.

English as a Second Language is the study of theories, methods and practice of teaching
English to those whose first language is other than English, including teaching children
in school settings and teaching adults and children in other settings.

Highly relevant fields of study must provide knowledge and experience in:

1. Pedagogic knowledge (the knowledge of teaching and learning) supported by
2. Content knowledge (how the English language works)

Note: Studies in Linguistics which include Phonetics or English Teaching may be considered on a case-by-case basis. General studies in English Language and Literature on its own would not be accepted for this occupation.

A Post Graduate Certificate or Post Graduate Diploma in TESOL underpinned by a relevant Bachelor degree in English languages, Linguistics, Education or related fields maybe considered on a case-by-case basis.

What’s the requirement for Employment

Highly relevant tasks include:

  • assessing the extent of language difficulties in students for whom English is a second language
  • teaching students individually and in small groups out of the regular classroom, and assisting students within normal classroom settings
  • teaching students English language skills using a variety of methods including lecture and visual demonstration
  • providing assistance to other classroom teachers by designing special teaching programs for students with English language difficulties
  • designing and producing teaching materials and adapting existing materials
  • preparing course outlines and goals
  • assigning lessons, correcting homework, and preparing and grading exams
  • analysing, recording and reporting progress to regular classroom teachers, parents and students

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