Delta Modules Torbay
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.
The Delta course in Torbay is on a semi-intensive basis and covers Modules 1, 2 and 3 of the Delta. The programme consists of a six-week intensive course in January/February, followed by 12 weeks of online support and ending with a further one-week intensive course in May.
Teachers who complete the Delta can transfer credit to postgraduate courses at a range of UK 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 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.
Delta Torbay 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 3 focusing on a specialist option.
Although the modules can be taken at any time and in any order, the Torbay centres requires that modules are completed in order.
The intensive 6 weeks covers Module 2 completely and all of the internally assessed teaching takes place during this time. In addition to this, we include an introduction to Module 1 and Module 3. If someone just does Module 2, it would mean that they wouldn't need to attend these two introductory sessions for Module 1 and 3.
Module 1 is introduced during the 6-week course, followed up online and then dealt with intensively in the May 1-week course. However, it would also be possible to do Module 1 completely online. If it was completely online, it would be done over 10 weeks. A student would need to take the exam at a recognised centre - but it wouldn't need to be at the school.
Module 3 could also be done completely online - and candidates can be registered for the module via the school.
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
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
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:
- Module Two is assessed through five assignments including observation of teaching to be completed during the 6 week Delta course.
Module 3 will cover:
This will depend completely on which area of ELT you are interested in (for example, Business English, Teaching Young Learners etc.) and can be taken at any time.
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.
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 Torbay, UK
- If you believe you meet the requirements to do the Delta Course, make an initial application 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.
How to Pay
We accept payment by cheque, bank transfer, credit/debit card (except American Express) and cash. An administration fee of 3% is charged on credit cards and non-UK debit cards.