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Delta Modules Cambridge

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+ Cambridge Fees: Module 1: £121, Module 2 £151, Module 3 £85

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Module 1 Blended Course Information

The blended M1 course that takes place in the UK summer combines a two-week face-to-face element with preparation work online. About a month before the face-to-face course you will have access to the Moodle platform where you will have access to preparation materials and reading tasks. The face-to-face element will give you further high-intensity input and the opportunity to discuss and ask about everything you have learned online.

Module 1 Online Course Information

We offer two online M1 courses each year. These courses take place entirely online on the learning platform Moodle. Where one course is longer than the other it will include “study weeks” without course input for you to catch up on reading and work.

Module 2 Full-Time Face to Face Information

The face-to-face Module 2 course takes place in the UK summer in Cambridge, UK. It runs for six weeks and includes all the required teaching practice plus the assessment.

Module 2 Part-Time Anywhere in the World Information

Our "anywhere in the world option", offered via our Cambridge centre, is the only one of its kind in the world. The course is undertaken from wherever you're based, without the need to travel anywhere for an 'orientation' or face-to-face sessions. For teachers who are currently working far from a registered Delta training centre, this is the most convenient option.

The theoretical part of the course takes place online, on the learning platform Moodle. You work online to complete the written assignments with personalised feedback from your online tutor.

Then, the practical element happens in your own school with your own students. Therefore, it is important that you are teaching when you undertake this version of module 2.

You will also need to find a Regional Delta tutor (RDT) to help you through the course. This can be a senior staff member or someone with training experience; so long as we approve this person, we pay them for this work and give them a full induction to work with you.

Finally, one of your classes will also need to be assessed by a Cambridge ESOL registered external assessor at some point near the end of the course. This is something we will organise, although the candidate has to pay travel costs for international travel.

Please see our blog here for more information about the Distance Module 2 in Cambridge.

Module 3 Information

We offer two online M3 courses each year.

In addition to our courses with set start dates there is also an “on demand” option which allows you to begin at any time so long as a suitable tutor is available.

For this module you have to produce an extended essay on a chosen specialist area. You will be paired with a course tutor for this and can submit everything online.

Take Module 1 +2 + 3: Module 3, being entirely online is designed to be flexible in order to fit around the other two modules' timetables. You can take in combination with the other modules or at a separate time of the year.

Tutors on the Delta Course in Cambridge

  • Jim Scrivener, Bell Ambassador, and author of Learning Teaching, Basics: Teaching Grammar and many other titles.
  • Tim Bowen (author of Build Your Business Grammar, The Pronunciation Book and Inside Teaching, Onestopenglish)
  • Jonathan Marks (author of Bridges I, Inside Teaching and The Pronunciation Book)
  • Tim Hazell (Delta expert)
  • Robert Millie (IDLTN-qualified tutor)
  • Mary Spratt (author of The TKT Course)

Our course is not the cheapest but we provide personal and regular tutor feedback to our participants rather than generic ‘group wide’ feedback. Each participant can contact their tutor, not an administrator / non-Delta teacher, at any point (Monday to Friday) and ask specific questions about their work.

Although participants have to manage their own workload and do the tasks and reading themselves, as with any online provision, the course is fully tutored and does not rely on self-study with occasional guidance. Participants find this particularly helpful when a certain area is proving difficult or their exam performance is weaker on some parts of the papers.

They also find the one to one advice on mocks helpful. At the moment our tutors are Tim Hazell, Tim Bowen and Jonathan Marks all of whom are experts in the field.

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.

Delta Modules: Some universities accept Delta Modules as credit towards a Masters qualification. Course credits may vary, please enquire with the university directly.

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.

Minimum 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:

  1. have at least two years' full time (1,200 hours) experience of teaching English to adults within the past five years.
  2. have a range of teaching experience in different contexts and at different levels.
  3. be a graduate and have an initial teaching qualification.
  4. 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're eligible to apply.

Module 1: Understanding language, methodology and resources for teaching.

The work is based on writing, reading, study and practice exam tasks. It focuses on understanding language, methodology and resources for teaching.

Study Topic - Study one topic area, write a short assignment, read and respond to other people’s assignments and tutor feedback.

Exam Practice Task - Do an exam practice task, read and respond to other people’s tasks and get personal tutor feedback and guidance. You will get a chance to see a large number of different approaches to tasks and be able to read tutors’ feedback on these – all of which can help you improve your own work.

The final units include a revision focus and two mock exams.

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
  • Regular exam practice with constructive and helpful feedback from the most experienced Delta tutors
  • Online support, reflection and feedback from other members of your tutorial group

Module 1 Assessment:

  • At the end of the course you can take the exam at a local exam centre. There is a list of centres on Cambridge ESOL's website so you can check the closest one to you. The exam takes place in June and December every year (always first Wednesday of the month). We make the arrangements for the exam on your behalf.
  • If you decide to sit the exam for the upcoming exam date we need to know at least two months beforehand to complete payment and booking procedures in good time. The exam fee is charged by ESOL and invoiced by the training centre on their behalf.
  • The exam itself is made up of two 1½ hour papers taken on the same day. Successful candidates will be issued with a Delta Module One certificate about three months after the exam with one of the following pass grades: pass, pass with merit, or pass with distinction. Certificates will be sent to the school and then passed on to the candidate.
  • Some universities accept Delta Module One as credit towards a Masters qualification. Course credits may vary, please enquire with the university directly

Module 2 Developing Professional Practice (This module involves five hours of assessed teaching practice)

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

This module will be assessed through written assignments and teaching practice (5 lessons) which will be taken during the January/February block. The input sessions will take the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, group activities and discussions but will usually be a combination of these formats. In addition to these contact hours, you will need to set aside about 300 hours for reading research and assignment writing if you are planning to do the two modules.

Module  2 Assessment:

Assessment of Delta M2 is through a Teaching Practice Portfolio which consists of:

  • (1) Four language skills/systems assignments (LSA, two skills and two systems) that include a written element and assessed teaching practice, one of which is externally assessed. Each of these includes:
    • a background essay (2,000 - 2,500 words)
    • the planning, teaching and evaluation of an observed lesson related to the chosen area
    • The final lesson will be externally assessed, i.e. it will be assessed by a Cambridge ESOL registered external assessor.
  • (2) A Professional Development Assignment (PDA) that involves identification of developmental needs and focus on these through the course along with an experimental teaching practice component. This includes:
    • Reflection and Action (including one diagnostic lesson observation) (2,000 - 2,500 words)
    • (Part 2) Experimental Practice. (2,000 - 2,500 words)
  • Successful candidates will be issued with a Delta Module One certificate about three months after the exam with one of the following pass grades: pass, pass with merit, or pass with distinction. Certificates will be sent to the school and then passed on to the candidate.
  • Some universities accept Delta Module One as credit towards a Masters qualification. Course credits may vary, please enquire with the university directly

Module 2 Course hours

  • We estimate that you need a minimum of 25 hours for each of the 4 LSA assignments and around 30 hours for the PDA assignment.

Module 3 focusing on a specialist option.

Module 3 You need to choose one of the following areas for your assignment:

  1. Business English (BE)
  2. Teaching young learners/young adults (specified age group required with 5-year range e.g. 8–13, 14–19) (YL)
  3. English for Special Purposes (ESP)
  4. English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  5. Teaching examination classes (EX)
  6. Teaching one-to-one (1to1)
  7. ESOL learners with literacy needs (ESOL)
  8. CLIL/Embedded ESOL (teaching English through subject/work-based learning) (CLIL)
  9. Teaching monolingual classes (MON)
  10. Teaching multilingual classes (MUL)
  11. Teaching in an English-speaking environment (ESE)
  12. Teaching in a non-English-speaking environment (NESE)
  13. Teaching learners online, through distance/blended learning (DL)
  14. Teaching English to learners with special requirements e.g. visual/hearing impairment, dyslexia, ASD (SR)
  15. Language development for teachers (LDT)
  16. Language Support (e.g. EAL on mainstream teaching programmes; specialist skills support such as supporting writing needs) (LS)
  17. ELT Management

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.
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How to Apply – Delta Cambridge, UK

If you believe you meet the requirements to do the Delta course, contact us for an application package

Application procedure for Module 2

  • The application deadline is four weeks before the course start date.
  • For a Module Two application we require the following documents from you:
  • Delta Application Forms including your 750 - word essay on teaching principles (Question 10)
  • Lesson planning task
  • Full up-to-date CV
  • Copies of any relevant certificates you hold, e.g. CELTA, other Delta modules, degree certificates
  • RDT nomination form (we will provide the form)
  • RDT’s full up-to-date CV Blended M2 only
  • We  ask applications to be available for a telephone/Skype interview. Once complete, we will normally process your application within 10 working days. Reading lists will be provided once we have received payment for the course.

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How to Pay

  1. If your application is successful, you must pay a deposit, the amount depending on which module or combination you are applying for.
  2. The outstanding balance of the fees must be paid at least 6 weeks before the course start date. We cannot guarantee to hold your place on the course unless all fees are paid in full and on time. Students with unpaid fees will be refused entry to classes.

Conditions of Enrolment

Cancellation / Refund:

Cancellations before the course start date must be made in writing to the training centre's head office. Once a booking has been confirmed, the following cancellation notice periods and fees apply:

  • More than 4 weeks before the course start date: you must pay the deposit
  • 1-4 weeks before the course start date: you must pay 60% of the course fees
  • Less than 1 week before the course start date: no refund will be made

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