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Overview: Delta

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The Cambridge Delta is a diploma course in Teaching English Language to Speakers of Other Languages. It is designed for people with at least 2 years’ experience in the English language classroom, who want a deeper understanding of current methodology and its underlying principles. Many teachers also take the Delta to further their careers and qualify them for a more senior role.

The Delta is awarded by Cambridge ESOL, part of the University of Cambridge, it is recognised by the UK government as Master’s-level (QCF 7), and is the industry standard diploma in English language teaching. It is divided into 3 independent modules, all of which must be passed to attain the status of a full Delta qualification.

Pass grade or higher with ITTC
87% Module 1, 85% Module 2, 83% Overall

(since June 2013, correct at time of writing)

Key Facts: Delta

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Delta: The right course for you?

If you have taught for at least two years and feel ready to develop your understanding of the teaching-learning process, or if you hope to get a more senior role and further your career, the Delta may be exactly the course for you. It is a Master’s level qualification (level 7 QCF) which is very practical in focus, so an initial ELT certificate such as the CELTA is required, and a university degree is desirable. If English is not your first language, you need to have a level of C2 on the CEFR (IELTS 8.0 / CPE).

The Delta consists of 3 independent modules, which can be taken separately or in combination on ITTC’s full-time, part-time and online courses. You receive a graded (Pass, Merit or Distinction) certificate for each module you complete successfully and when you pass all three you receive a certificate of your overall Delta qualification. The course requires a lot of effort but it is also very rewarding, and your colleagues and tutors will always be there to provide guidance and support.

At ITTC we have a thorough interview procedure. When you apply, we will send you an interview task, with questions to help us see your language awareness, teaching experience and classroom ideas. Then we will discuss your task with you at interview, either here in Bournemouth, by phone or over the internet, and you can ask any questions you have about the course and ITTC. It’s important to note that we want you to be as successful as possible so we will only offer you a place if we firmly believe it is the right course for you!

Module 1 – The Exam

Understanding Language, Methodology and Resources for Teaching

Module 1 is assessed externally through 2 x 90-minute written examinations in either June or December, which focus on the background to teaching and learning English in a range of contexts.

During the course there will input on:

• 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

Module 2 – The Practical

Developing Professional Practice

Module 2 focuses on the elements of planning and teaching a lesson, and how to select and use resources and materials. It is assessed through a portfolio of coursework, including 4 observed lessons, with full lesson plans and 2,500-word background written assignments on each lesson’s area of focus. The last of these lesson assignments is assessed externally by a representative of Cambridge. The portfolio also contains a professional development assignment, consisting of an ‘Experimental Practice’ assignment on an approach or technique you wish to try, and an ongoing ‘Reflection and Action’ assignment, to give you the action research tools to develop your own teaching. You will also observe ten hours’ of lessons with experienced teachers.

During the course there will be input on:

• 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

Module 3 – Extended Assignment

Extending Practice & ELT Specialism

Module 3 is assessed externally through an extended written assignment of 4,500 words on a specialist area of English language teaching. For this, you design a course for a specific group of learners, based on principled criteria. Module 3 focuses on needs analysis, syllabus design, course planning and assessment in the context of your chosen specialism.

During the course there will be input on:

• Research into specialist areas
• Principles of syllabus design and implications for specific learning contexts
• Designing syllabus and teaching programmes to meet the needs of learners in the specific context of the selected specialism
• Course design and development in the specific context of the selected specialism
• The principles and practice of testing and assessment and application to your specialist area
• Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness and quality of courses and programmes of study

Delta Full-Time

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The full-time ITTC Delta course lasts 8 weeks and is designed for practising teachers who have limited time available. By the end of the course, you will have completed Module 2 and be prepared to take the Module 1 examination, which you can sit here at ITTC or in another Cambridge approved examination centre, either in the June or the December following the course. It does not include Module 3, which is taken separately through our online course.

The full-time course timetable is from Monday to Friday, with lots of time built-in for self-study, either at home or in the ITTC Study Centre and extremely well-stocked library. One feature of the course is the amount of individual support given for written assignments and preparation for assessed lessons, with two tutorials a week, on Mondays and Fridays. Input is scheduled in the mornings from Tuesday to Friday, and Teaching Practice, with our highly motivated students, takes place every afternoon. You will normally teach two 90-minute lessons each week, either as an assessed or unassessed lesson, and you will also have the opportunity to observe other people on the course teaching. Your 10 hours’ observation of other teachers will be at both ITTC and BEET Language Centre, here in Bournemouth. In addition to the course itself, you will need to spend some time at weekends and in the evenings on your reading, research and assignments.

It is intensive but you'll start getting support before the course even begins. We'll liaise with you over your choice of areas for your first Delta assignments and send you materials, including videos, to help you prepare your first essay and lesson plan, which we'll discuss together in your first tutorial at the start of the course.

Timetable: Delta Full-Time

The following example timetable is to give you an indication of a typical week:

Delta DFT timetable

Delta Module 2: Full-time

Delta DM2 facts

The full-time ITTC Delta Module 2 course lasts 6 weeks and is designed to fit in the summer holidays of many practising teachers in the northern hemisphere. By the end of the course, you will have completed Module 2, the practical module of the Delta. Courses for Modules 1 and 3 can then be taken online in your country of residence at another time, with the Module 1 exams being held at any Cambridge approved examination centre around the world.

The full-time Module 2 course timetable is from Monday to Friday, with lots of time built-in for self-study, either at home or in the ITTC Study Centre and extremely well-stocked library. One feature of the course is the amount of individual support given for written assignments and preparation for assessed lessons, with two tutorials a week, on Mondays and Fridays. Input is scheduled in the mornings from Tuesday to Friday, and Teaching Practice, with our highly motivated students, takes place every afternoon. You will normally teach two 60-minute lessons each week, either as an assessed or unassessed lesson, and you will also have the opportunity to observe other people on the course teaching. Your 10 hours’ observation of other teachers will be at both ITTC and BEET Language Centre, here in Bournemouth. In addition to the course itself, you will need to spend some time at weekends and in the evenings on your reading, research and assignments.

It is intensive but you'll start getting support before the course even begins. We'll liaise with you over your choice of areas for your first Delta assignments and send you materials, including videos, to help you prepare your first essay and lesson plan, which we'll discuss together in your first tutorial at the start of the course.

Timetable: Delta Module 2

The following example timetable is to give you an indication of a typical week:

Delta DFT timetable

Delta Part-Time

Delta DPT facts

The part-time ITTC Delta course runs from September to May and is designed for practising teachers in Bournemouth and the surrounding areas. By the end of the course, you will have completed Module 2 and be prepared to take the Module 1 examination in June (or December). You will also be ready to submit Module 3 in the June immediately following the course.

Input is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.30-8.30 p.m. and in all sessions you will be expected to contribute actively and draw on your own teaching experience. There will normally be three or four weeks of input, followed by a reading week, to allow you time for reading, research and assignments. During the course you will have access to our extremely well-stocked teaching library. One feature of the ITTC Delta is the individual support given for written assignments and preparation for assessed lessons through regular one-to-one tutorials. Teaching Practice and lesson observation take place at your own school with your usual classes, at a time to be negotiated with you. In addition, for Module 2 you must complete 10 hours’ observation of other teachers, which will also be at your school, as well as at ITTC and BEET Language Centre.

Timetable: Delta Part-Time

The following example timetable is to give you an indication of a typical month. All evening sessions are from 18:30 to 20:30, with Assessed Teaching Practice taking place during the day at your school at a time to be negotiated with you tutor.

Delta DPT timetable

Delta Module 3: Online

Delta DM3 facts

The 10-week ITTC Delta Module 3 is delivered online and can be taken at any time, before or after completing the other Delta Modules. However, you should start at least 10 weeks before your desired Cambridge submission date of either the first week of June or December.

During the course, you should expect approximately 15-20 hours’ study per week. You will be appointed a highly experienced tutor, who will work closely with you to provide individual support via email and/or skype. They will help you select an appropriate specialism, then provide you with reading suggestions, links and articles, so you understand exactly what is required and can attack your assignment with confidence. There are 5 sections of the assignment and, as you complete initial drafts, you email each one for detailed written feedback from your tutor. You then send the fully edited, completed assignment by the agreed deadline, so we can check the documents are labelled correctly and of the right file type and size before we finally submit it to Cambridge.

Testimonials: Delta

Here are comments our recent graduates wanted to share:

“I’ve been thinking of you lately – I’d like to thank you for so much encouragement – I’ve just received my approval as an assistant CELTA trainer. I’d like you to know that you are role models to me!!!” Sylvia, Brazil

“I have been talking about the DELTA for years and am so glad I ended up at ittc. Their teaching inspired, informed and encouraged me throughout the challenging course. I am now fully (Merit) DELTA qualified, am still learning, but realise the important change that self reflection, more focused teaching and heightened awareness of learner and learning has made upon my daily teaching.” Claire, UK

"I honestly can't imagine better tutors to guide me through this experience: in terms of knowledge, experience, passion and the ability to provide for each individual's needs. I felt supported throughout..." Delta Graduate, 2015

"I was really nervous before starting the DELTA, I'd heard from so many people about how intensive and stressful it can be. But doing it at ITTC, the tutors really brought the course to life for me and in the end it was a really positive, enjoyable and worthwhile time which has definitely taken my teaching to the next level." Alice, Australia

"The most amazing (and exhausting) experience of my life! Thank you ITTC!" Matt, UK

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