diploma in teaching English to speakers of other languages
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.
Delta Module 1 focuses on the background to teaching, the theory that underpins it, practical applications and how these are informed by applied linguistics and language learning theories. It is assessed through a two-paper written examination. This 12-week course will focus on the key areas you need to develop in order to pass the Delta Module 1 examination.
The course consists of 12 weeks of online tuition, followed by a further week of online revision. In addition to the required background reading, you will need to complete various online tasks, several longer assignments, and some exam practice tasks.You should expect to be doing around 15-20 hours’ study per week.
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.
This is a programme designed by you and your personal tutor. The course is intensive and requires full commitment.
As part of Delta Module 2, you will need to complete 5 assignments (essay + lesson) and a diagnostic lesson. It is important that you complete the tasks and assignments on time. Given the background work around each lesson, it is important that you space out lessons sensibly, so that you can devote enough time to each of them. This also allows you time for reflection and further development. You will need to put together a work plan at the beginning of the course.
Depending on your teaching situation you have the option of taking the course over 16 weeks or 36 weeks.
Face-to-face lessons are required for your assignments, but if you currently don’t have face-to-face classes due to Covid-19, you are able to start the Delta M2 programme focussing on the written tasks and teach your lessons later on in the course.
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.
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
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.
Who Should Apply:
It is recommended that a DELTA Module 1,2 0r 3 candidate 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.
NB: 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.
The course is intensive and requires full commitment. Assignments and tasks are designed to support your course work, aid your understanding of course content, and help you perform better in the examination. It is important that you complete the tasks and assignments on time.
Please note that all the Delta Modules are subject to Cambridge Assessment's guidelines on plagiarism for Module 3.
In addition, you will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood NILE’s Statement of Originality.
Details of tasks and assignments will be provided at the start of the course.