This program, jointly conducted by Curtin University (Australia), and SEAMEO RETRAC (Vietnam), in accordance with the Permission No. 3539/QĐ-BGDĐT, issued on July 13, 2006 by the Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training, is designed for professionals in the field of language teaching. The program concentrates on teaching English as an additional Language (EAL) and also considers issues connected with EAL teaching in Vietnam and the region. The course is designed for teachers intending to work in Vietnam, other countries in Asia and all over the world.


Graduates of this program demonstrate the attributes set out below:

Generic Attribute:

  • Applying discipline knowledge, principles, and concepts
  • Thinking critically, creatively, and reflectively
  • Accessing, evaluating, and synthesizing information
  • Communicating effectively
  • Using technologies appropriately
  • Utilizing lifelong learning skills
  • Recognizing and applying international perspectives
  • Demonstrating cultural awareness and understanding
  • Applying professional skills.


  • The course will be delivered at SEAMEO RETRAC in a semi-distance education mode, i.e. face-to-face workshop delivered at the beginning of each unit including online tutorial support. The course can be completed within one and a half calendar years.
  • There will be a total of four workshops covering the content of eight taught units, as outlined below. For each of the four workshops, one lecturer from Curtin and one lecturer from SEAMEO RETRAC will deliver the taught units and provide sustained guidance to the participants.


1.To be eligible for entry to the program an applicant is required to have:

  • An education/teaching degree assessed as being the equivalent of a full-time four-year Australian degree (normally a Bachelor of Education or a four-year combined/double education degree, OR
  • A bachelor degree of at least three years full-time equivalent and either a Graduate Diploma in Education or Master of Teaching or equivalent, OR
  • A bachelor degree of at least three years full time equivalent and a Graduate Certificate in TESOL or equivalent, OR
  • A bachelor degree of at least three years full-time equivalent and CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) or equivalent, OR
  • A bachelor degree of at least three years full-time equivalent in a related discipline and at least two years’ full-time documented language teaching experience in the last ten years, OR
  • An honours or master’s degree in a related discipline.
  • Subject to Review: All applicants will be expected to have achieved an average of 70% (3.5 GPA) or above, or equivalent, in their most recently completed tertiary course.  Where this cannot be shown, there will need to be documented evidence of at least two years’ full time English language teaching experience in the last ten years.

2.In addition to the above, all applicants must meet Curtin’s minimum English Language requirements:

  • IELTS Academic overall score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 on all bands, OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications approved in writing by CURTIN.

Note: English Test results are valid for two years from the date of testing.

3.As part of the application process all applicants are required to follow Curtin’s admission and enrolment processes and provide the following supporting documentation:

  • Previous qualifications (academic transcripts, grading system descriptions, and award certificates)
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (Academic IELTS results, TOEFL results or other recognized English test results)
  • Supplementary information (as applicable)
  • A copy of personal identification (passport).

Note: All documents must be received in accordance with Curtin’s Scanned Documents and Certification Requirements and Guidelines.




Student tuition fees will be paid to the program’s bank account (in VND) prior to the commencement of each Trimester.

  • Trimester 2A, 2017: 1,216 AUD x 2 Units = 2,432 AUD
  • Trimester 3A, 2017: 1,216 AUD x 2 Units = 2,432 AUD
  • Trimester 1A, 2018: 1,277 AUD x 2 Units = 2,554 AUD (annual increase of 5%)
  • Trimester 2A, 2018: 1,277 AUD x 2 Units = 2,554 AUD


Participants who successfully complete the program will be awarded the Curtin University Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics).

Note: Assessments for onshore and offshore Curtin University courses are identical and the award is the same.


Curtin University

  • Toni Dobinson
  • Prof. Craig Lambert
  • Paul Mercieca
  • Rhonda Oliver


  • Dang Van Hung
  • Do Thi Hoai Thu
  • Ho Thanh My Phuong
  • Nguyen Dinh Thu


Program Directors

  1. Prof. Anna Parkin, Dean, International, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University
  2. Ho Thanh My Phuong, Director, SEAMEO RETRAC

Program Coordinators

  1. Dr. Toni Dobinson, School of Education, Curtin University
  2. Dr. Dang Van Hung, SEAMEO RETRAC


For further information, please contact:
Dr. Nguyen Thi Thuy Trang, Deputy Dean

Division of Foreign Studies
Phone: (84 28) 38245 618 (ext. 117)

SEAMEO Regional Training Center in Vietnam
35 Le Thanh Ton street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fax: (84 28) 38232 175

TrimesterStudy PeriodStart…- End…Unit
2A110 July 2017-
01 Nov 2017
Language Teaching Course Design and Assessment
Language Teaching Methodology
3A26 Nov 2017-
21 Feb 2018
Language in Society
Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
1A3Feb (TBC) 2018Language Analysis
Special Topics in Applied Linguistics (World Englishes)
2A4July (TBC) 2018Language Acquisition
Independent Study

Students will complete and pass the 200 credit points by completing approved Curtin units through a blended learning format of online and onsite delivery.
The 200 Curtin credit points (The Course) consist of the following units:

MC-APLING – Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics)

Unit CodeUnit NameContact HoursCredits
EDUC6008Independent Study1425
EDUC6025Language Teaching Methodologies1425
EDUC6027Language Teaching Course Design and Assessment1425
EDUC6039Language Analysis1425
EDUC6040Special Topics in Applied Linguistics1425
EDUC6041Research Methods in Applied Linguistics1425
LING6000Language Acquisition1425
LING6001Language in Society1425


  1. All Units in the Curtin Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics) will be delivered in English.
  2. The Program of study comprises of four (4) Study Periods totaling 200 credits. Three Study Periods will be offered per calendar year (Trimester 1A, 2A and 3A).
DateDescription Party-in-charge
22 Dec. 2016Commencing the enrolment of Intake 16 SEAMEO RETRAC
31 May 2017Applications and documents submitted electronically for assessmentCurtin
from 19 Jun 2017Offer letters issuedCurtin
by 30 Jun 2017Acceptance of Offers and enrolment submittedSEAMEO RETRAC
10 Jul 2017Commencing Trimester 1A, 2017 and Workshop 1 SEAMEO RETRAC
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