DELTA All Modules
Take all three DELTA Modules together, either online or face-to-face. For the online course, there is no need to travel to the training centre as the course can be taken from the comfort of your home.
Taking all three DELTA Modules together
DELTA All Modules Course Dates & Fees
Module 1 of the Cambridge DELTA (Diploma in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is based around a final exam, held two times a year in June and December.
The Online DELTA Module 1 courses offered by our DELTA teacher training centres around the world are designed and developed to prepare you for this exam, which primarily focuses on Understanding Language, Methodology and Resources for Teaching.
While the entirety of DELTA Module 1 can be studied by distance, you will need to travel to a Cambridge-accredited DELTA examination centre to take the final exam. This centre could be the accredited centre that is running your online course, or another closer to you. Your DELTA tutor and admissions officer can help you find a convenient location to take the exam once you apply for the online course.
How will the DELTA modules and input teaching be organised?
Each school has different timetables depending on the format of the course. There are intensive and part-time DELTA module options. Have a look at the calendar of DELTA Module start dates.
What is the DELTA Course?
DELTA Module 1
1. Theoretical perspectives on language acquisition and language teaching
- Historical and current theories of first and second language acquisition
- How these theories influence teaching methodologies.
2. Different teaching approaches and methodologies, including current developments
- Teaching methodologies, both mainstream and experimental
- The effectiveness of these methodologies in different learning environments.
3. Language systems and learners’ linguistic problems
- Features of language systems (e.g. meaning, form, pronunciation and use)
- Teaching methodology choices in language systems.
4. Language skills and learners’ problems
- Features of language skills (e.g. the subskills and strategies needed by learners)
- Teaching methodology choices in language skills.
5. Knowledge of resources, materials and reference sources for language learning
- The practical uses of a range of resources in a range of teaching contexts.
6. Key assessment concepts and terminology
- How to apply key assessment principles, such as validity and reliability, to classroom-based assessment.
For a full copy of the DELTA syllabus, get in touch with one of our Delta experts.
DELTA Module 2
This module focuses on developing awareness and expertise in the principles and professional practice of teaching English in a range of contexts.
Assignment 1: Professional Development Assignment
The assignment has two parts:
- Reflection and Action (2,000–2,500 words)
- Experimental Practice (1,500–2,000 words).
Assignments 2, 3: Language Systems Assignments
Each Language Systems Assignment includes:
- a background essay (2,000–2,500 words) about an area of language systems and related teaching and learning issues
- planning, teaching and evaluation of a lesson related to the chosen area.
Assignments 4, 5: Two Language Skills Assignments
Each Language Skills Assignment includes:
- background essay (2,000–2,500 words) about an area of language skills and related teaching and learning issues
- planning, teaching and evaluation of a lesson related to the chosen area.
Assessment: Module Two is assessed by a portfolio of coursework, including background essays, observed lessons and a professional development assignment. You will complete five assignments, which all contribute to the final grade.
DELTA Module 3
Option 1: Extending Practice and ELT Specialism
This module focuses on needs analysis, syllabus design, course planning and assessment.
You will carry out an independent investigation, leading to the design of a course programme related to one of the following specialisms:
- Business English
- Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) / Embedded ESOL
- English for Academic Purposes
- English for Specific Purposes
- ESOL learners with literacy needs
- Language development for teachers
- Language support (e.g. on mainstream teaching programmes, specialist skills support)
- Teaching English to learners with special requirements, e.g. visual/hearing impairment, dyslexia, autistic spectrum disorders (ASD)
- Teaching examination classes
- Teaching in a non-English-speaking environment
- Teaching in an English-speaking environment
- Teaching learners online, or through distance/blended learning
- Teaching monolingual classes
- Teaching multilingual classes
- Teaching one-to-one
- Teaching young learners or young adults (specified age group required, within a 5-year range e.g. 8–13, 14–19).
DELTA Module 3 Option 2: English Language Teaching Management
This module focuses on situation analysis, planning and implementing change.
You will carry out an Independent Situation Analysis, leading to the design of a change proposal in one of the following specialisms:
- Academic management
- Human resource management
- Customer service
To successfully complete this module, you will need to have access to management data from a relevant language teaching context.
How to Choose an Accredited DELTA Centre
Whether you want to do your DELTA online or face-to-face, your DELTA tutor and the accredited centre are in a specific, physical location. You should choose which accredited centre to take the course through based on several factors, such as time zones, dates, the intensity of each course, and its structure. A further explanation about each accredited centre can be found below.
For Module 1, you will need to attend a Cambridge examination centre to take the exam, which is held every June and December. This could be your online course’s accredited centre, or another centre closer to you. Once you apply for a DELTA course, your DELTA admissions officer and tutor can help you decide on an examination centre that is convenient for you.
You do not have to attend the accredited centre to take the online DELTA course; it can be taken by distance from anywhere in the world.
DELTA Accredited Centres
While the courses listed on StudyCELTA are fully online, your DELTA tutor and the accredited centre for running the course are in a specific location. You should choose the centre that will run your course based on time zones, dates, and the intensity of each course.
DELTA Online or Face-to-face, the recognition is the same
The requirements are the same as taking a DELTA module in another format.
However, with the course being completely online, it is a requirement if you have the following:
a) A working laptop or desktop computer with a microphone and speakers
b) A secure internet connection
c) A designated and comfortable working space at home
How do I apply for the DELTA?
- Access the online application form
- Select ‘DELTA online’ and your module in the course type drop down
- Choose the accredited centre
- Select your desired course dates
- Fill out your basic information and submit the form
- Finally, one of our DELTA admissions officers will be in touch with the application documents for you to fill out
Alternatively, you can contact us and let us know which module, course date and accredited centre you’re interested in, and a DELTA admissions officer will be in touch with the application documents.
Minimum Entry Requirements for the DELTA Modules
The DELTA Course is intended for experienced teachers. Meaning teachers who wish to extend their professional experience and accept new responsibilities. The DELTA does not only demonstrates a commitment to the profession but also proof of ability.
It is open to people from all language backgrounds. All participants must have native speaker proficiency, written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course and complete all assessed and non-assessed elements successfully.
Ideally, applicants should:
- have at least one years’ full time (1,200 hours) experience of teaching English to a variety of levels within the past five years.
- be able to prove a range of teaching experience in different contexts and at different levels.
- be a graduate and have an initial teaching qualification (i.e. CELTA, Trinity Cert TESOL or equivalent)
- have a standard of English which will enable you to teach at a range of levels (native-speaker proficiency, such as C2, CPE or IELTS 8+)
We may still accept applicants if they do not strictly meet these requirements but can demonstrate that they would be likely to complete the course successfully. If you’re unsure about your eligibility, get in contact with one of our Delta experts.