The Cambridge ESOL Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA) is a teaching qualification for experienced teachers of English as a foreign or second language.
The course is accredited and approved by the University of Cambridge (UCLES) and is aimed at teachers with (usually) an initial teaching qualification such as the CELTA plus at least two years' experience. This experience should be with different levels of students and preferably include teaching ESP, exam classes and/or some teaching outside the UK. A degree is preferred.
|Entry level||CELTA + 2 years' teaching experience|
|Price||£1800 for trainees working in Oxford, £1950 for trainees working outside Oxford. These fees do not include Cambridge fees.|
|Course duration||9 months|
|Class times||Wednesday evenings from 17:30 to 21:00 and 5 Saturday sessions|
|Total input||120 hours|
Our tutors have been providing DELTA courses together in Oxford since 1998 and have worked on CELTA and DELTA courses before that. All of our DELTA trainers are also DELTA assessors. We have a proven track record of success in preparing teachers to take and pass the DELTA.
Candidates' applications are assessed on the following basis: interview with the course tutor, written assignment (one hour), and language analysis tasks. Participants are required to provide their own classes for teaching practice. However, British Study Centres will arrange classes for teaching practice in exceptional circumstances, for example in cases where participants become unable to provide their own classes during the course.
On the British Study Centres DELTA, all three Modules are taught simultaneously and in an integrated way.
This leads to a written examination (3 hours), which is externally set and marked (provided twice a year).
Coursework, consisting of five assignments, designed by the centre, using Cambridge ESOL specifications. All of the assignments include practical teaching. There is a mixture of internal and external marking of these.
An extended assignment on a specialism of the participant's choice. These might include teaching for business or teaching young learners.
The course is part-time and takes place every Wednesday evening from 17:30 to 21:00 (including a 30-minute break) and five Saturday sessions.
|First Session||Second Session||Assessment Focus|
Why do students make mistakes?
M2 Language Essay
Word and sentence stress
Skills & strategies
How to improve students' speaking
Inductive & deductive approaches
|Week 5||Learning styles||Grammar
Focus on form vs focus on forms
Product, process & genre
|Week 7||English in the world
|Introduction to the written exam||M1 Exam|
|Week 8||How to plan a skills lesson||Style, register & variety||M2 Skills essay|