Newcastle - Delta Modules
|All modules: 1, 2 & 3||September 14 - November 6|
|Optional One Week Exam Prep||November 9 - 13|
All Modules £2,100Apply
Exam Prep £300 (for students studying the Delta course). Cambridge fees not included.
Monday to Friday from 09:00am - 17:30pm
Holidays 2015: January 1st, April 3rd, April 6th, May 4th, May 25th, August 31st, December 25th, December 28th
These books are often on the recommended reading list to help with Delta applications, during the course and as a core reference library for English language teachers.
- How Languages are Learned, Patsy Lightbown
- About Language - Tasks for Teachers of English, Scott Thornbury
- Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching, Jack C. Richards
- How to Teach Grammar, Thomas J Livesey
- How to Teach Vocabulary, Scott Thornbury
- How to Teach Grammar, Scott Thornbury
- Beyond the Sentence: Introducing Discourse Analysis (Methodology), Scott G. Thornbury
Delta Course Introduction
If you have substantial experience in teaching English to speakers of other languages, and are ready to progress in your career, you need the Delta (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults).
This internationally recognised qualification offered in Newcastle helps you to:
- Deepen your understanding of the principles and practice of teaching the English language to adults
- Examine your current practices and beliefs
- Apply the results of your learning and reflection to your current teaching position and more senior roles
Delta key points:
- A Diploma level higher course for teachers
- Requires at least two years TEFL teaching experience in English Language Teaching
- The Delta focuses on methodology, theory and practical teaching skills
- The Delta is the benchmark TEFL teacher training qualification
- A vital qualification to secure senior posts in TEFL
Delta is accepted throughout the world by organisations which employ English language teachers. The Cambridge Delta has been accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) as a Diploma in Teaching ESOL at level 5 (new NQF Level 7) on the National Qualifications Framework.
Delta is also integrated into some MA programmes.
Benefits of a Delta Qualification
The Delta qualification offered in Newcastle will greatly improve your long-term ELT career prospects. The course will help you further develop your knowledge of methodology and how to incorporate new teaching ideas into your own teaching. You can also expect to earn more.
Once you have passed the Delta course, it is possible to start training to become a teacher trainer, examiner or ELT manager.
Delta Course Timetable and Workload
The Delta course in Newcastle is a 8 weeks full time course in order to complete the 3 Delta modules. The Delta course is held from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5:30pm.
All three modules are run at the same time so that a trainee’s timetable will have time dedicated to each module each week. There is preparation for all modules during the course although Module 3 (the assignment) is written after the course.
All Delta courses include:
- 10 hours of teaching practice
- 10 hours’ observation of experienced teachers
- written assignments (one extended) and a written examination
- 120 contact hours on course and circa 300 hours on reading, research and assignments
Delta Course Entry Criteria - Newcastle
All applicants for the Delta course in Newcastle must have:
- Experience: At least two years' full time teaching English to adults (approximately 1,200 hours) within the last 5 years, involving work in different contexts to a variety levels
- Education: Candidates are usually university graduates or qualified teachers and have a Cambridge ESOL CELTA or equivalent.
- English: Applicants must have a highly developed awareness of language and sufficient competence in English, both written and spoken, to enable them to follow the course and complete all assessed elements.
Delta Course Structure & Content
The Delta courses in Newcastle contain the following elements
- Teaching practice
- Observation of experienced teachers in the classroom
- Completion of a range of practically focused written assignments
- An extended assignment
- A written examination
There are six main units of learning:
- Understanding, knowledge and awareness of language
- The background to teaching and learning English at adult level
- Resources and materials
- Working in the classroom
- Evaluation, monitoring and assessment
- Professional development
As part of your course you should expect 120 contact hours with fellow candidates and course tutors and 10 hours of teaching adults. Four of these lessons are supervised and assessed by a course tutor and one is externally assessed.
In addition you have 10 hours’ directed observation of lessons, with five of these being live lessons taught by experienced teachers.
You spend around 300 hours on reading, research and assignment writing.
These sessions account for three hours of the course every day and are organised in the form of informal lectures and seminars, discussion groups and practical workshops. They cover the areas outlined in the Cambridge Delta syllabus.
The aims of these sessions are:
- To help course participants to acquire a sounder theoretical basis for what they do in the classroom
- To allow them to re-evaluate their own teaching
- To enable them to expand their repertoire of teaching skills, particularly through discussion of recent developments in language teaching and learning
- To provide for a fruitful exchange of ideas amongst participants
- To help participants prepare for the practical and written examinations
Each course participant will teach for a minimum of ten hours over the duration of the course. Five of these lessons will be assessed (one by an external assessor appointed by Cambridge ESOL).
During the course, participants will be given the opportunity to teach at a range of levels. The learners come from a range of backgrounds and do not pay for these sessions. Teaching practice lasts for approximately two hours per day.
All course participants collaborate on planning for teaching and are involved in giving feedback to each other to identify strengths and action points for each course participant. Each course participant is given oral and written feedback on each assessed lesson. The aims of teaching practice: Course Participants (CPs) should use teaching practice to:
- Experiment with a range of approaches and techniques, where applicable
- Consolidate and re-evaluate their practical teaching
- Work to develop their ability to assess and deal with learners’ difficulties
- Learn by observing other CPs
- Develop realistic self-appraisal skills
This last aim is extremely important, and tutors will help to guide CPs to evaluate their own teaching effectively.
Delta Module One
- Theoretical perspectives on languages acquisition and language teaching.
- Different approaches and methodologies including current developments.
- Language systems and learners’ linguistic problems.
- Language skills and learners’ problems.
- Knowledge of resources, materials and reference sources for language learning.
- Key concepts and terminology related to assessment.
Delta Module Two
- The language learner and the language learning context.
- Preparation for teaching English language learners.
- Evaluating, selecting and using resources and materials for teaching purposes.
- Managing and supporting learning.
- Evaluation of lesson preparation and teaching.
- Observation / evaluation of other teachers’ lessons.
- Professionalism and opportunities for professional development.
Delta Module Three
- Research into specialist areas.
- Syllabus design: principles, influences on, methodological effects of, and major syllabus types as applied to the specific learning context.
- Designing syllabus and teaching programmes to meet the needs of learners in the specific context of their selected specialism.
- Course design and development in the specific context of their selected specialism.
- The principles and practice of testing and assessment and application to the candidate’s specialist area.
- Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness and quality of courses and programmes of study.
Delta Components of Assessment
There are three components of assessment:
- Coursework – There are seven coursework assignments. Six of these are internally assessed; the seventh is externally assessed. In addition there is overall external moderation of your coursework by Cambridge ESOL.
- Extended assignment – The extended assignment is a case study of a learner. It is supervised by the centre and externally marked.
- Written examination – The written examination is externally set and marked.
There are two grades — Pass and Distinction.
To be awarded the Diploma, you must pass all three components (Modules).
How to Apply – Delta Newcastle
- If you believe you cover the minimum entry requirements to be considered as a candidate for the Delta course in Newcastle, fill out our short enquiry form asking for the application package, always, mentioning the course starting date of your interest. Note: The demand for vacancies on these courses is very high. Applicants are advised to apply well in advance before the start of a course, although, occasionally, there could be places available due to last-minute cancellations.
- Prospective trainees must complete the Delta application package and return it to us as attachment via email including also other attachments with updated copy of their CV, copy of their highest academic qualification and any TEFL qualification the candidate may hold such as CELTA, this all to be done long time in advance prior the course starting date.
- Applicants who have satisfactorily completed the pre-interview task will be invited to attend an interview shortly after this date at the School or on the telephone if the candidate is not based within the Newcastle region. Skype can also be an alternative option to avoid long distance phone call costs.
- Successful applicants will receive an offer of a place on the Delta course of their choice immediately, if there is a place available.
- After receiving a payment request from the School, the full amount must be paid in order to secure your place. On receipt of your payment the Delta tutors will send you documents to prepare you further.
Note: There is room sometimes for last minute applications due to cancellations and therefore, room for the possibility of receiving late payments, but always, payments need to be done before starting date.
How to Pay
Payments can be made directly to the School via Bank Transfer or credit card
Conditions of Enrolment
Please note that enrolment on the Delta course in Newcastle is subject to the following terms and conditions:
As soon as you are accepted on the course you should pay your full fees.
We cannot reserve a place on the course until this has been received.
Once your fees have been received the Teacher Training Centre will send out a pre-course learning task to help you prepare for the course.
In the case of cancellation made later than four weeks before the start of the course, requests for refund of fees can only be considered if we have been able to fill the place at short notice.