The mixed mode DELTA course can take place in a variety of forms depending on the provider but all include some online remote learning with face-to-face sessions at the training location.
Taking the DELTA Mixed
In some cases, the DELTA mixed takes place at a training location for a period of weeks, followed by a period of learning online. It can be online interspersed with sessions at the centre. Online study can take the form of self-paced learning mixed with live online sessions with tutors and training classes. Your teaching practice can happen online remotely or at the training location. Essentially, while part of this course is online, you need to be based within travel distance of the location to be able to complete a mixed DELTA course.
Will the mixed course be the same as a fully face-to-face or 100% online DELTA course?
You will still complete the same modules and input as you would on a ‘one mode’ course such as the face-to-face or the 100% online DELTA course.
Benefit from additional online technical training with your DELTA.
Use the time to upskill and find out about managing your classes and communities online as well as in the classroom.
Methodology input will be delivered via a fit-for-purpose virtual learning environment combined with sessions online via a tool such as Zoom, as well as face-to-face.
What equipment do I need for the DELTA Mixed?
A laptop or PC is essential as some features of the VLE and Zoom are restricted on smartphones and tablets. A headset with a microphone is needed for teaching practice. You will need a stable internet connection with a strong signal.
What level of digital literacy do I need?
You don’t need to be an expert in IT, though some familiarity with using computers will certainly be an advantage. Things like being able to move around tabs in a browser, opening and using a word document, and a working knowledge of Powerpoint for presentations online.
Before teaching online, the tutors will provide full training in using Zoom as a teaching tool. You will be expected to do some troubleshooting yourselves at times. Don’t forget the internet is full of “how-to” videos 🙂
What training will happen on location?
You will need to be local to the training centre for part of the course since the course requires you to be in college during this time. The first week of the course is about preparing you for teaching. It involves input sessions on methodology and a chance to get to know and work with fellow trainees. You will also observe your tutor teaching, and you will get the chance to meet and try some unassessed teaching practice with your students before you deliver assessed teaching practice.
DELTA Module One
The Delta Module One is a preparatory course for a long-written exam.
It covers teaching methodologies, language concepts, specific terminology, and learner skills and problems.
Delta Module One exams take place in June and December of every year.
This course can be taken online or in the classroom.
DELTA Module Two
The Delta Module 2 is centred around developing your professional practice.
You are assessed through a portfolio of coursework including lesson observations.
The Delta Module 2 is normally classroom-based, although there are online options.
DELTA Module 3
There are two different options to take with the Delta Module 3.
- Option One: An independent investigation, which leads to the design of a course programme.
- Option Two: An independent situation analysis, leading to the design of a change proposal looking at an area of management.
Delta Module 3 can be taken online or in the classroom.
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 or take our DELTA eligibility test to get more information.