Delta Course Modules Buenos Aires
Delta Entry Requirements
Cambridge ESOL "Syllabus and Assessment Guidelines" stipulate that a candidate will normally:
- have a first degree
- have some formal training in ELT
- have a minimum of two years’ full-time teaching experience (1200 hours) of TESOL to adults within the last five years
- have a range of teaching experience, involving work in different teaching contexts and experience of teaching learners at different levels
- have a level of awareness and competence in English sufficient to complete all components of the course
- be at least 21 years old
Delta Selection Procedure
Selection of candidates is based on the completion of the application form and pre-interview tasks and a following interview (see enrolment section). Interviews are conducted by our qualified and experienced Delta course tutors. They can be by telephone, via Skype, or face-to-face for local candidates.
Acceptance on the course is by no means automatic and is at the discretion of the centre. A rigorous selection process is undertaken to ensure the candidate’s suitability and a high degree of success on the course.
We only accept candidates on the course who we feel confident can pass, and this is reflected in our high pass rates.
Delta Modules: Content and Tasks
There are 3 assessment components in the Modular Delta:
- The Written Examination (Module 1)
- Course work (Module 2)
- The Extended Assignment (Module 3)
The training centre in Buenos Aires offers preparation for all three modules. You can enrol for all three modules, or take just one or two at a time.
Each Module receives a separate certificate from the University of Cambridge. There is the overall University of Cambridge Delta Diploma for those candidates who complete all three Modules successfully.
The Delta course programme has been designed in accordance with Cambridge ESOL syllabus guidelines: The following minimum requirements are an integral part of the course programme:
- 120 contact hours between candidates and course tutors.
- 150 hours of reading, research and assignment writing.
- 10 teaching hours of adult students for whom English is not a first language.
- 10 hours of directed observation of ELT professions, including peers, DVD and in-house observation.
Understanding language, methodology and resources for teaching (20 credits):
This module focuses on the background to teaching and learning ESOL in a range of contexts.
- theoretical perspectives on language 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
To help you complete this Module successfully, the centre offers:
- a fully-comprehensive programme of input covering all key areas above
- thorough guidance, timed practices, feedback and a ‘mock’ exam in preparation for the final Written Examination, taken here in our centre
- access to key literature relating to the above fields
Module One is assessed via the Written Examination. This consists of 2 papers on the same day of 1 hour 30 minutes each, with a 30 minute break between. The Written Examination tests:
- your knowledge of ELT terminology and key methodological issues
- the purpose and pedagogy of ELT materials and tests
- your ability to analyse authentic text and learner language
Developing Professional Practice (20 credits):
This module looks at the theory and practice of teaching and a range of factors which affect teaching and learning:
- the language learner and the language learning context
- preparation for teaching adult learners of English
- 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
To help you complete this Module successfully, we offer:
- input and individual guidance for your lesson planning
- input and individual guidance on choosing, planning and writing background assignments
- group or individual feedback on both assessed and unassessed lessons
- a guided programme of peer, DVD and in-house teacher observations
Module Two is assessed via the following Course Work components:
- 2 assessed ‘Language Systems’ assignments (grammar, lexis, pronunciation or discourse)
- 2 assessed ‘Language Skills’ assignments (speaking, writing, reading or listening)
For each Systems of Skills assignment you will write a 2,500-word background essay exploring both theory and practice and plan and execute a related lesson. Three of these assignments are internally assessed and one is your final ‘external’ assessment at our centre, with a Cambridge approved external assessor.
- A two-part ‘Professional Development Assignment’ (PDA). Part 1 is a critical appraisal of the development of your teaching practice during the course. Part 2 is a practical ‘experiment’ with a teaching approach or technique which is new to you
Extending practice and English language teaching specialisation (20 credits):
- 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 specialisation
- course design and development in the specific context of their selected specialisation
- the principles and practice of testing and assessment and application to the candidate's specialist area
To help you complete this Module successfully, we offer:
- input on syllabus types, course design and testing principles
- introductory input and individual guidance to help choose and research your Module 3 specialisation
- on-site and/or on-line support as you write your extended assignment
Module Three is assessed via a 4000-4500 word Extended Assignment based on your chosen specialisation. It is supervised by the course tutors but marked externally.
Each Module receives a separate certificate. There is also an overall Delta Certificate for those candidates who complete all three Modules successfully.
Find a TEFL Job Post Delta
As a StudyCELTA trainee, you will be able to sign up for free to our TEFL jobs website www.teflwork.com. TEFLwork is a platform only for qualified English teachers and will allow you to find work both at home and abroad with your newly gained Delta diploma.
Recommended Course Texts
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
How to Apply
Go to the application page to fill out an initial application to start the process.