Module Three aims to develop candidates’ knowledge of and competence in:

  • a chosen specialism
  • approaches to needs analysis
  • curriculum and syllabus design principles
  • different types of syllabus
  • course design and evaluation
  • assessment of learners

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Location: Online
Experience: Degree or CELTA or equivalent + 2 years teaching experience
Language Level: C2-C1
Course dates:
4 March - 24 May 2024
2 September - 22 November 2024
Application deadline: 1 week before course start date
Certification: Cambridge DELTA awarded upon completion of all three modules
Course Length: 12 weeks
Course fees:
Course fee: £399
VAT (20%): £79.80
Courier and Cambridge assessment fee*: £128
Total: £606.80
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(Total for all three modules: £3856.40,
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Minimum age: 18
Max class size: N/A
Tutor-led and highly interactive
Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms
Specialist ELT eLibrary
Accredited by AQUEDUTO


Candidates must select one of the following specialisms:

Business English (BE)
Teaching young learners/young adults (specified age group required with 5-year range e.g. 8–13, 14–19) (YL)
English for Special Purposes (ESP)
English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Teaching examination classes (EX)
Teaching one-to-one (1to1)
ESOL learners with literacy needs (ESOL)
CLIL/Embedded ESOL (teaching English through subject/ work-based learning) (CLIL)
Teaching monolingual classes (MON)
Teaching multilingual classes (MUL)
Teaching in an English-speaking environment (ESE)
Teaching in a non-English-speaking environment. (NESE)
Teaching learners online/through distance/blended learning (DL)
Teaching English to learners with special requirements e.g. visual/ hearing impairment, dyslexia, ASD (SR)

The module is assessed by means of a 4,000-4,500 word Extended Assignment in which candidates carry out an independent investigation leading to the design of a course programme related to their chosen specialist area.

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Further Information

DELTA Module 3 covers the five assessment areas and comprises the following seven units of work:

  1. Introduction
  2. Background
  3. Principles and procedures: Needs analysis; Goals and objectives
  4. Principles and procedures 2: Diagnostic testing
  5. Principles and procedures 3: Conceptualisation of content; Grading (staging and sequencing); Materials
  6. Principles and procedures 4: Evaluation; Student assessment
  7. Problems and pitfalls

Running through these seven units there are 35 tasks of varying lengths, designed for individual reflection on course reading and practical experience. Answers / comments on the tasks are provided within the online materials, but tasks can be submitted to a course tutor via email for more personalised feedback and discussion. Drafts of each of the five sections of the Extended Assignment should be submitted via email as they are completed for feedback from a course tutor, who will also give feedback on a final draft of the entire assignment. You should expect to be doing around 15-20 hours’ study per week.

Please note that all the DELTA Modules are subject to Cambridge Assessment's guidelines on plagiarism for Module 3

To prepare you for DELTA Module 3, download our suggested reading list.

*Please note: The Courier and Cambridge assessment fee covers NILE’s administration costs for making the exam entry, but not any local administration/invigilation fees charged by host centres if the exam is not sat at NILE.

Meet a Tutor: Alan Pulverness

Alan Pulverness

Alan is Senior Consultant at NILE and Course Leader for the NILE TEFL DELTA Module 3.

He has worked extensively for the British Council in Central and Eastern Europe and in Russia on materials development, syllabus design and reader development projects.


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Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
4-March-24-May-2024 Online 12 weeks
2 September - 22 November 2024 Online 12 weeks