Delta Modules Gran Canaria
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 Gran Canaria
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.
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 Gran Canaria Format
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).
Module 2 Assessment:
- Module Two is assessed through five assignments including observation of teaching to be completed during the 7 week Delta course.
Our Online Learning Environment for the Delta in Gran Canaria & 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 Gran Canaria
- 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.
How to Pay
Candidates can pay their deposit online by credit card or PayPal, or by bank transfer (Euros).