Delta Modules Barcelona
About the Delta
Cambridge Delta Course Recognition and Career Directions
The Cambridge Delta is an internationally recognised qualification for experienced teachers of English wanting to open up career avenues to more senior ELT posts for which the Delta is invariably required.
The Delta scheme lays great emphasis on the integration of practical classroom approaches with a thorough understanding of language systems and learning theories. The scheme provides unique opportunities for effective, practical classroom training combined with professional education in the underlying theories and principles of language and language learning.
About the Delta Modules and Formats in Barcelona
The first module of the Cambridge Delta course is based on preparation for an exam, held in June and December each year. This preparatory course is available in a face-to-face, full-time format at the Ankara centre in the lead-up to the exam, a part-time, fully online format, or online blended, which means that if you wish, you can attend four face-to-face sessions at the centre on Wednesday evenings, 17.45 - 20.30.
Module 2 is a more intensive module, based around teaching practice, observation, classwork and assignments. This course is offered full-time, part-time and online by the centre in Ankara.
Module 2 - Online
To take the Delta module 2 course online (i.e. via distance learning) you will need to have strong internet connection, video capabilities, and find a local Delta mentor. The Delta mentor is someone who can be physically present in the your lessons when they need to be assessed and to provide some face to face support. They will be found by you, the teacher, but approved and trained by the teacher training centre.
To be eligible, the local mentor will need to:
- Have a Delta themselves (at least Modules One and Two, preferably all three and be at least two years post Module Two)
- Be prepared to do a series of pre course preparation tasks (largely about observation and evaluation in order to work with the criteria and think about mentoring and what it involves and to help them standardise). The number of tasks would depend on their previous tutoring experience. If someone was already working as a CELTA tutor for example they would be able to start work with you in partnership with the Delta tutor on completion of just a couple of familiarisation and standardisation tasks. If they have very little experience of training/observation or using criteria they would need to do rather more of the tasks in the standardisation pathway. What exactly they would need to do would be established during their application procedure.
Module 3 is a support/preparation course to submit an extended, written assignment, on an ELT topic of your choice. This course is available either online or online blended, with a set of part time and full time dates. For the online blended course, the face-to-face session dates are. Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons 17.00 - 19.45.
Teachers who complete the Delta can transfer credit to postgraduate courses at a range of Universities.
The employment areas that are open to you after completing a Delta are:
- Director of Studies
- CELTA and Delta teacher trainer
- Head of Department
More importantly, you receive comprehensive professional development in your core skill teaching English as a Second Language. The Delta course will challenge you and broaden your horizons through exposing you to current thinking in TESOL.
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
Minimum Delta Entry Requirements
The Delta Course is intended for experienced teachers wishing to extend their professional experience and accept new responsibilities, as it not only demonstrates a commitment to the profession, but is also proof of ability. It is open to people from all language backgrounds. All participants must have native speaker proficiency, both 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 two years' full time (1,200 hours) experience of teaching English to adults within the past five years.
- have a range of teaching experience in different contexts and at different levels.
- be a graduate and have an initial teaching qualification.
- have a standard of English which will enable you to teach at a range of levels.
We may still accept applicants if they do not strictly meet all of 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, who will assess your profile and let you know if you can apply.
Delta Barcelona Modular Format
The Delta course is comprised of three modules, which are assessed individually:
- Module One: Understanding language, methodology and resources for teaching.
- Module Two: Developing Professional Practice (This module involves five hours of assessed teaching practice)
- Module Three: Focusing on a specialist option.
Module 1 will cover:
- historical and current theories of first and second language acquisition
- approaches and methodologies
- language systems and skills
- learner problems
- evaluating teaching and reference materials
- role and methods of assessment
The exam consists of two 90 minute exam papers, with a 30 minute break between them.
Through input, projects and exam tasks, we show you the kinds of things that can come up in the exam and how you might deal with them so you can work out how much and what you need to study. This how much and what will vary enormously from teacher to teacher depending on your background and learning history.
The Delta exam course in Ankara consists of ten blocks. Each block includes input on two or three areas that may come up in the exam, encourages you to participate in a group project to explore one of those areas, provides further reading and study ideas and has one or two exam tasks for you to try. You get individual feedback from a tutor on these last tasks.
On the part time courses (one starting each September and one starting each March) you can choose the blended option and attend the training centre in Ankara for 4.5 hours of input sessions a week for 10 weeks. If you are working fully online you have access to the input materials on the day the sessions are held and other aspects of the course (projects and exam practice) are the same whether you come to the F2F elements or are fully on line.
Everyone works together on the projects. How much study time you will need will depend on your background knowledge, but it is likely to be a minimum of 10-15 hours a week. The on line Moodle room we enroll you in stays open indefinitely and you can continue to use it for further self study (or to catch up with any tasks or activities you missed) until you have passed the exam.
The exam always starts at 10.00 on the first Wednesday in December and the first Wednesday in June. You will need to be able to get to an exam centre to do it. If you are based in Turkey that means coming to the training centre in Ankara. If you are based elsewhere you should look for your nearest exam centre on the CambridgeEnglish.org web site where they have an exam centre search box.
You do not have to enter the exam in the session immediately following your course. You can choose to take more time to prepare if you wish. When you do decide to enter you will be asked to pay an entry fee to Cambridge English and this is non-refundable (so if you have to enter the exam again you will need to pay the entry fee again).
Module 1 Assessment:
- Module One is assessed through two x 1 ½ hour exams in June 2014.
Module 2 will cover:
- examining effects of different contexts on learning English
- managing, supporting and maximising learning
- planning and teaching lessons at different levels
- evaluating different approaches and materials
- developing the ability to observe and reflect on teaching
You will complete:
- 10 peer observations (where you watch your fellow teachers – on the part time course this will involve travelling to other schools)
- One (on the intensive) or two (on the part time) unassessed teaching assignments (these have a 2500 word background essay and a full lesson plan).
- Four assessed teaching assignments (three observed by tutors and the last observed by an external assessor and again each of these involving both essay and lesson plan). On the part time course these will be in your own institution at times that you arrange, on the intensive course they will be in practice classes in the evenings at the training centre.
- A written assignment of two parts (the first part is a 2500 word evaluation of your own practice, the second is 2500 words about a small piece of action research on a technique or method that is new for you).
There are fifteen 4.5 hour blocks of face to face input sessions for this module – there is no on-line option and attendance is required.
On the part time course you must have your own classes (or class) for tutors to observe you in (at times mutually agreed) and the class (or classes) should consist of least 5 learners. This also means your institution should be open to the idea of observers (tutors and peers) visiting your classes.
We run a part time course each year starting in mid December for June submission and an intensive course each June / July over six weeks (for end of September submission).
Module 2 Assessment:
- Module Two is assessed through five assignments including observation of teaching to be completed during the 6 week Delta course.
You design a course for a group of learners and write a 4500 word assignment about what you needed to know and how and why you went about the whole process. You need access the group to be able to do a fairly wide ranging needs analysis, but do not necessarily have to be teaching them yourself during the process and do not have to teach the course (only design it).
This module is available in both a blended version and a fully online version.
In the blended version you can attend face to face sessions for 4 x 3 hour blocks, usually one every couple of weeks. The same information is available on line. You are encouraged to send in draft versions of your assignment at five stages for feedback from a tutor.
We run an autumn course over ten weeks for December submission and a spring course over sixteen weeks for June submission. If you start and find that you are not able to complete for the submission date immediately following the course you are on, you can continue to use the on line Moodle room and your opportunities for draft feedback until you are ready to submit. You can do this module entirely independently of course dates if you are good at working alone and setting your own deadlines.
As with the other Modules our course fee and the Cambridge entry fee are separate (and shown as separate amounts when you apply for a course).
Module 3 Assessment:
- Module Three is assessed by Cambridge through a 4500 word research assignment (appendices not included in word limit) submitted to Cambridge for external assessment for submission June or December 2014.
Our Online Learning Environment for the Delta in Barcelona & IT Requirements
We make significant use of a software package called Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) which serves primarily as a means of distributing and collecting electronic documents (written assignments, lesson plans e.t.c.).
If your course includes a Moodle component (which most of our courses do), you will be provided with a Moodle enrolment key (once we have received your deposit payment) and you will be expected to upload and download course-related documents using Moodle from then on.
Regular Internet access throughout the duration of your course (and in some cases before your course begins) is therefore very important.
It is not an absolute requirement but we strongly advise you to use a word-processor (desktop or laptop) for all your written work.
If you are doing a part-time compulsory attendance course, a full or part-time optional attendance course or a non-attended course, only in very special circumstances will we allow you to give or send us a piece of handwritten work rather than uploading an electronic version (using Moodle).
We maintain a number of desktop PCs at the school which trainees can use but demand for these can sometimes outstrip supply. We therefore also advise you to bring your own laptop to attended courses if you have one.
Wireless Internet access is freely available throughout our building.
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.
How to Apply – Delta in Barcelona
- If you believe you meet the requirements to do the Delta course, apply online.
- Applicants who have satisfactorily completed the pre-interview task will be invited to attend an interview shortly after this date at the school or via Skype if the candidate is not based locally.
- IMPORTANT: Please note that acceptance on a course does not mean a place has been reserved for you. To ensure a place the full fee must be paid no later than two weeks before the start of the course. Fees are not transferable or refundable.