Online DELTA Module 3 preparation
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: http://www.cambridgeesol.org/exams/delta/index.html
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
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)
- ELT Management (ELTM)
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.