Online DELTA Module 3 preparation


Chester School

The Cambridge ESOL DELTA qualification is for the more experienced teacher & consists of three modules:

Module 1: Two one & a half hour written exam papers.
Module 2: Four formal teaching observations accompanied by a short research paper, as well as a professional development component.
Module 3: A 4.500 word written assignment focused on a particular ELT specialism.

For module two a recognised centre is required. For modules 1 & 3 preparation can be made & arrangements made to enter through a recognised centre.

All of the preparation for DELTA modules 1 & 3 is completed online. 

For more on the scheme at the Cambridge ESOL site:

Module 3 - a three-month preparation course, March>May & September>December - Module 3 entry takes place at the beginning of June & December each year.

The purpose of Module Three is to:

• enable candidates to develop their knowledge in relation to specialisms within English language teaching
• develop candidates' knowledge of the principles of curriculum design and assessment in an English language teaching context, and to be able to apply it to a specific group of learners
• enable candidates to synthesise all of their learning into a project which can be coherently presented to a third party

Entry requirements

As the DELTA is for the experienced teacher it is strongly recommended that candidates have already followed an initial training course, such as the Camb. CELTA course, & have substantial subsequent teaching experience. Due to the academic nature of the DELTA, it is also advisable to be the holder of a university degree.

The qualification is open to native & non-native speakers alike, so a high language level is required of non-native candidates. 

If you are interested & feel that you do not fulfill the above, please feel free to apply anyway as a lot rests on a candidate's experience as well.

To begin this module a specialism should be chosen from the following list:

- Business English (BE) 
- Teaching young learners/young adults (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) 
- Language development for teachers (LDT) 
- Language support (e.g. on mainstream teaching programmes, specialist skills support, e.g. supporting writing needs) (LS)

Participants need to be working directly with the area chosen at the time of writing the assignment.

The 4.500 word assignment is divided into five sections:

Topic Area - 1100 words
Needs Analysis - 800 words
Course proposal - 1100 words
Assessment - 1100 words
Conclusion - 400 words

And assessed according to the following percentages:

- Grasp of topic (25%)
Review of the relevant literature in the topic area
Understanding of key issues in the topic area
Application of knowledge to practice and identification of key issues

- Needs analysis and commentary (20%)
Key principles of needs analysis and diagnostic testing
Analysis of the diagnostic test and identification of learner needs
Discussion and justification of priorities supported by the needs analysis

- Course proposal (25%)
Key principles of syllabus and course design
Justification of learning aims, teaching approach and the course in terms of learner needs
Design of the course

- Assessment (20%)
Key principles of different types of assessment
Justification of assessment procedures in terms of course design and learner needs
Application of assessment procedures

- Presentation and organisation (10%)
Academic writing, language and referencing
Presentation, coherence and organisation
Clarity of argument and quality of ideas

The preparation course covers the following:

- an examination of each of the sections of the assignment

- feedback on each section

- feedback on completion of the assignment

- the sharing of ideas on each section with others on the course

- general development of relevant areas e.g. syllabus & course design, testing - principles & practice.

- personalised direction & support from qualified & experienced DELTA trainers

- suggested reading on the chosen specialism


The fees for the Module 3 preparation are 450€, payable through PayPal or bank transfer.

For an application form & for questions:

Last modified: Monday, 6 November 2017, 7:25 PM