Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)


Programme Details

Reference Number : (R/222/4/0016)(05/26)(MQA/FA6137)

Name of Qualification : Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Type : Diploma

MQF Level : 4

NEC Field (National Education Code) : 222 (Languages)

Equivalency for Public Services: Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Number of Credits: 94

Mode of Study: Full Time


  • The Diploma in Education (TESL) program is uniquely designed to expose students to the world of education. Many people assume that teaching English language is "easy" but in reality, to be good, one must understand the pedagogical and psychological theories related to the development of children. This course offers student in-depth understanding of the teaching of the English language. At the end of the course, students need to complete 12 weeks practicum in a government primary school.
  • This program comprises of few components which include the development in the foundations of education and pedagogical knowledge.

Duration of study (years):

Weeks/ Semester Semesters Duration
Long 17 6 2 ½ Year
Short 9 2


  • Grammar I
  • Academic Writing
  • Language Learning Strategies and Study Skills
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Grammar II
  • Introduction to English Literature
  • Semantics
  • Theater
  • IT in ELT
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Teaching Listening and Speaking
  • Phonetics and Phonology in English
  • Psychology in Education
  • Critical Reading and Thinking
  • Public Speaking
  • Principles of Education in Malaysia
  • Principle of business management
  • Materials Development and Adaptation
  • Approaches and Methods in TESL
  • Teaching Techniques in the Classroom
  • Language Test in School
  • Teaching Literature ESL in Classroom
  • Teaching Practicum

Entry Requirement

    Malaysian Student

  • An overall credit in any three (3) subjects in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and a minimum of pass in Bahasa Malaysia, Sejarah (History) and English or Other equivalent qualifications recognised by Malaysian Government

  • International Student

    For international student qualification entry requirement, Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) compared the qualifications against Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) to determine the level of entry requirements in Malaysia.

    Generally, entry requirements for international students are as follow;
  • Qualifications below 12 years of schooling (not less than 10 years of schooling) which is the exit qualification in the country of origin is and can be used as entry qualification for Foundation, Level 3 MQF (Certificate) or Level; 4 MQF (Diploma)
  • The qualification used must also be in compliance with the minimum entry requirements set by the Ministry of Hegher Education Malaysia


Career Prospectors

  • English Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Translator
  • Editor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Interpreter
  • Technical Writer
  • Journalist / Reporter
  • English Language Trainer
  • Advertising / Digital Copywriter
  • Curriculum Instructional Designer
  • English Materials Developer
  • Corporate Communications Executive
  • Primary Government & Private Home Tutor

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