Delta, or the Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, is a post-experience, in-service teaching qualification, the aims of which are to enhance your professional knowledge and expertise and sharpen your practical teaching skills.
The most highly regarded and widely recognised qualification for experienced English language teachers, it is awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment (formerly Cambridge ESOL), which is part of Cambridge University, and is ‘a widely recognised qualification which helps you build better teaching practice and can lead to greater rewards and enhanced career opportunities’ (Cambridge ESOL, The Delta Modules, 27/07/09).
Delta comprises THREE modules. Each module is independently assessed and separately certificated. You need to complete each module successfully to be awarded the Delta diploma.
|Module 1 focuses on the background to teaching, the theory
that underpins it, practical applications and how these are
informed by linguistics and language learning theories.
It is assessed by a two-paper written examination.
|Module 2 aims to develop your professional practice. It
concentrates on your teaching and is assessed through
a portfolio of observed lessons, background written
assignments and an externally assessed lesson.
|Module 3 focuses on a specialist area of your choice
(e.g. English for Specific Purposes; teaching a group
from a particular cultural-linguistic background) and
is assessed through an extended written assignment.
It is recommended that a prospective candidate for the Delta Modules programme should EITHER be a graduate OR have a previous teaching qualification (e.g. CELTA), plus at least TWO years’ full-time teaching experience (i.e., 1,200 hours) within the past five years. Ideally, this teaching experience should include a range of levels and contexts. Non-native speaker candidates should have a minimum language level within a range of between C2 and C1 on the Council of Europe scale. Candidates may still be accepted who do not strictly meet the entry criteria but who demonstrate they would be capable of completing the course successfully. Decisions on entry are at NILE's discretion.
|Delta Module 1||Course fee||750.00|
|Delta Module 2||Course fee||1850.00|
|Delta Module 3||Course fee||375.00|
|Total Delta Fees||3303.00|
|Sign up for all three Modules and save £155!|
For information on how to pay your course fees, see Payment options for NILE courses.
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Delta is the most widely recognised and highly respected in-service training course for experienced teachers of English as a foreign language. Validated and overseen by Cambridge English Language Assessment (a division of Cambridge University) for over 30 years, Delta is the advanced teaching qualification that employers know and trust.
Delta was divided into three free-standing modules precisely because candidates were finding it increasingly difficult to follow a ten- or twelve-week face-to-face course or a six-month part-time course. There are still a few centres offering an all-in-one Delta course, but this is not an option offered by NILE.
The courses for Modules 1 and 3 are delivered entirely online. Module 2 is administered online by NILE and supervised online by a local tutor, known as a Personal Delta Tutor (PDT), who also visits the candidate’s school or college to observe and assess their teaching on four occasions (the first of which is purely for diagnostic purposes).
Yes – as on all other NILE Online courses, there is a dedicated forum.
Yes, although doing the modules in ascending numerical order is probably the most logical progression if there are no strong reasons for doing otherwise.
No – there are no limits to the time that might elapse between modules.
15-20 hours per week for Modules 1 and 3, and at least the same for Module 2 for the 16-week option, but less for the 9-month option.
This depends very much on your personal career objectives. The Delta is a much more practical teaching qualification than most Masters courses, but if you are thinking of doing the Delta first and then going on to do a Masters, it is worth noting that a Pass in all three Delta modules can be accepted by the University of Chichester as Accreditation of Prior Learning, counting for 60 credits and giving you exemption from the core module of NILE’s MA .
For Module 1 you can re-take the exam without re-taking the course. Similarly, for Module 3 you can submit a fresh assignment (or a revised version of your original assignment) without re-taking the course; however, you may well wish to re-enrol for a reduced version of the course, so that you can benefit from further supervision. The nature of Module 2 means that you would have to re-take the entire course (though perhaps without the need for another diagnostic lesson For Module 2, you would normally not submit your work unless it was to standard and so you would only ‘Fail’ the External. This can be re-taken within a year. If the entirety of your portfolio is judged to be a fail, you would have to re-do the whole course.). For Module 1, on payment of a moderate fee, you can request a clerical check of the mark awarded, or to have the papers completely re-marked. (However, it is not possible to obtain any detailed commentary on exam performance.) For Modules 2 and 3, on payment of a moderate fee, you can request an individual assessor’s / examiner’s report to get detailed information on your weak areas before you re-take the module.
Delta Modules can be paid per module or as a package: candidates who sign up to take all three Delta Modules with NILE pay a total of £3148, saving a total of £155.
The Delta package can be paid in full prior to starting the first module, or according to the payment plan set out on our payment page. The payment plan must be agreed prior to starting the first module.
Module 1 includes ‘tutor tasks’, which are submitted online and to which the Module Leader responds with corrections and feedback. In addition, there is also a revision package at the end of the course in the form of practice exam papers, and candidates receive detailed feedback on their performance. Module 3 includes 35 tasks, mostly designed for reflection, with answers and / or commentary provided online, but candidates may submit any of these tasks for feedback. In addition candidates are invited to submit drafts of each of the five sections of the extended assignment for feedback, as well as one final draft of the entire assignment.
The Module 1 course consists of eight units delivered over a nine-week period, with the last three weeks of the course leading up to the exam dedicated to revision, including a full practice exam. The course material covers the entire Delta syllabus, as well as providing a focus in each unit on the standard task-types used in the exam. Units are released on a weekly basis, and each unit includes a number of ‘Tutor Tasks’ to be uploaded onto the moodle platform for correction and feedback.
At NILE if that is convenient; otherwise at your closest Cambridge exam centre. When you approach another centre to arrange to take the exam, please make it clear that you are NILE is enrolling you for the exam and you are asking them simply to host the exam for you. Once you have made such an arrangement, please inform NILE (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can liaise with the centre. Please also be aware that other centres may charge a small administration fee.
We offer a 16-week and a 9-month Delta Module 2 course so that you can choose the one that best fits in with your work situation. The 16-week courses will probably suit people who work part-time, while the 9-month course is designed for people working full-time. Please discuss the best course option with us when you apply.
The diagnostic lesson and the first three assessed lessons are supervised and assessed by the Local Delta Tutor (LDT), supported by a NILE online tutor. The final assessed lesson is seen by an External Assessor (someone who is or has been a Delta tutor at another centre).
We recommend you try to find a local Delta tutor yourself; ideally it would be someone who is already a Delta tutor who works with or near you and who you would be happy to work with. Alternatively, you can suggest someone who is an experienced teacher trainer who could follow NILE’s online Delta tutor training programme to train up to be your tutor. Cambridge requirements for local Delta tutors are available on request. NILE will help to find you a local tutor if you have difficulty.
The local Delta tutor’s fees are included in your course fees.
NILE takes responsibility for organising the External Assessment, doing everything possible to ensure that you get an assessor for the date you want.
All local costs and payment to the External assessor are covered by NILE and Cambridge. Any international transport costs need to be covered by the candidate. NILE will liaise with you to keep these costs as low as possible.
The Module 3 course consists of five units, corresponding to the five sections of the extended assignment. (See p. 71-73 of the Cambridge Delta Handbook).
Unlike the Module 1 course, all the course material is available from the outset. At the end Units 1-4, a draft of the relevant section can be uploaded for tutor feedback, and a final draft of the whole assignment to be uploaded for tutor feedback at the end of Unit 5.
Cambridge offer a choice of 16 different specialisms for Module 3 (See p 68 of the Cambridge Delta Handbook for the complete list of specialisms). In most cases, the choice will be clearly linked to a current teaching context, but in cases where specialisms may overlap or where the choice is not an obvious one, NILE will advise on the most appropriate option.
No – most of the work required for the Module 3 extended assignment depends on generic principles and procedures (relating to needs analysis, diagnostic assessment, course design, assessment of learning outcomes and course evaluation) which are applicable to any course regardless of the specialism involved. The NILE course for Module 3 includes supplementary units per specialism outlining key considerations for the particular area of teaching chosen.