Many people working towards the Cambridge Delta can find it quite stressful, particularly the demands on your time as you try to fit it in around your job and your life. This course is designed to try to reduce the stress you might feel as you prepare for Module One, the exam.

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Take your time on a Module One course with Sandy Millin.
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What is Delta?

The Cambridge Delta is an advanced practical teaching qualification designed for people who:

  • have a minimum of 1 year of teaching experience, covering a range of levels and contexts – the more levels and contexts you have worked in, the more experience you can draw on during the course, so it may be better to wait until you have at least 2 or 3 years’ worth;
  • have a minimum English level of high C1 or above;
  • would like to develop their teaching practice to a higher level, and learn more about the theory behind English language teaching;
  • would like to progress into more senior roles with confidence, such as management or teacher training positions.

Ideally you will already have completed a CELTA or CertTESOL qualification, or equivalent 120-hour course with observed teaching practice. However, this is not a requirement and if you can prove that you have received regular in-service training and observation, and have engaged in regular continuous professional development throughout your career, you may still be able to complete the course.

The Delta course is divided into three modules:

  • Module One: Understanding Language, Methodology and Resources for Teaching
    This is theory-based. You prove your knowledge by taking two 90-minute written exams in one sitting, with a 30-minute break in between. You can study for this module independently, through a course, or with tutor support. I cannot currently provide this. My course will help you to learn this theory and prepare for these exams.
  • Module Two: Developing Professional Practice
    This is classroom-based and highly practical. You teach four observed lessons, and in preparation for each of them you need to write a detailed lesson plan and a background essay. You also complete ongoing reflective assignments as part of your portfolio of coursebook. You must have Cambridge-approved tutors for this module. Find a teaching centre.
  • Module Three: (1) Extending Practice and ELT Specialism OR (2) English Language Teaching Management
    You write an extended assignment detailed (1) a course programme or (2) a change proposal based on a specific context you have detailed in the assignment. You can complete this module independently or with tutor support. I cannot currently provide this.

The three modules can be taken in any order and at any time, though it can help to complete Module One first to give you the theoretical knowledge to help you with Modules Two and Three.

Find out more about the modules and ways to take the Delta on the Cambridge website.

What knowledge does Delta Module One test?

  • Knowledge and use of ELT terminology
  • English language knowledge, including of pronunciation features
  • Ability to identify language and genre features of spoken and written texts
  • Analysis of spoken and/or written learner language, including ability to identify learner errors, reasons for them, and priorities for further study
  • Testing and assessment concepts, and their applications to specific contexts
  • Ability to analyse ELT materials, including identifying their purpose(s) and how the materials fit together
  • Teacher roles
  • Second language acquisition
  • An awareness of different ELT methodological approaches, including their history

Format of Sandy’s Delta Module One course

  • 90-minute live group sessions on Zoom, once a week for 30 weeks for the extensive courses leading up the June or December exams. The (northern hemisphere) summer intensive course has three live meetings per week for 9 weeks, plus one live meeting per month in September, October and November, ready for the December exam. You can attend from anywhere in the world, providing you have a reliable internet connection, a microphone and (preferably) a webcam. Sessions will work better if you are on a computer.
  • Approximately 90 minutes of homework/preparatory work accompanying each session: these tasks will be directly related to your current teaching context and how the theory behind Delta Module One connects to your own teaching, and will also draw on your previous experience.
  • Your own optional reading/research – the more of this you do, the more prepared you will be when you go into the exam!
  • One complete mock exam to be completed in your own time a month before the end of the course, with feedback from me on your performance, and personalised tips for how to improve. You will also be able to complete additional mock exams, mark them yourself and ask me questions.

Why take Sandy’s Delta Module One course?

Most Delta Module One part-time courses are 10-12 weeks, with a few lasting for 20 weeks. However, by completing an extensive course over a full academic year, you can take your time with background reading, and consider carefully how the theory which you are learning applies to your teaching. You should be able to process information in more depth and retain it for longer. While it might not be as relaxed as the hammock shows, it should be a lot more relaxed than a traditional short course, or trying to study by yourself. The more intensive summer courses give you the chance to study during your summer holidays, when you don’t have to juggle work at the same time; they are followed by three sessions spaced out in the run-up to the December exam, allowing you to check in with your coursemates and keeping you motivated to practice and revise during that time.

The obligatory time commitment on the extensive course is only 3 hours per week, which you should be able to fit around even a very busy schedule. Of course, the more time you can dedicate to reading and further study, the more likely you will be to pass the exam! 3 hours per week for 30 weeks is approximately 90 hours – most Delta Module One courses recommend a minimum of 100 hours of study (10 weeks of at least 10 hours). On the summer course, the total contact time plus homework time works out the same. The exact amount of study time you need will depend on your background knowledge and prior experience.

I will share tried and tested tips to help you fit your extra study around your life, while still maintaining the more relaxed pace of this course, as well as personalised recommendations of what to read and how you can research areas you need to focus on for your development based on my wide-ranging ELT knowledge and experience. There will also be regular exam practice throughout the course, as well as at least one full mock exam.

You will be working with the same small group of teachers in live sessions throughout the full course, allowing you to build up strong professional relationships and learn from each other.

Although I’m not a qualified Delta trainer, I have completed the Delta course myself, and I remember how stressful it was! I have many years of experience as a CELTA trainer and a Director of Studies, and have helped other teachers to successfully prepare for Delta Module One in the past. I cannot guarantee that you will pass the exam (nobody can!), but I will do my best to make sure that you are fully ready for it with this course.

Sandy is passionate and amazing at what she does. Her blog posts were fundamental for me getting my Delta. And she is fun in person too!

Cecilia Lemos, Brazil

Dates

  • Extensive, one academic year
    October 5th 2021 – May 31st 2022
    (ready for the Wednesday 1st June 2022 sitting)
    Zoom meetings on Tuesdays
    09:30-11:00 UK time
    > I’m still accepting people onto this course until 9th November – session 6
  • Extensive, one academic year
    March 11th – December 2nd 2022
    (ready for the Wednesday 7th December 2022 sitting)
    Zoom meetings probably on Fridays
    Exact time TBC depending on availability of participants
    > Early bird prices available until 18th February 2022
  • Summer course, 9 weeks + 3 monthly meetings
    June 27th-August 26th 2022 + 1 meeting each in the final week of September, October, November
    (ready for the Wednesday 7th December 2022 sitting)
    Zoom meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
    Exact time TBC depending on availability of participants
    > Early bird prices available until 6th June 2022

Please note that these dates include breaks for UK Christmas, Easter and bank holidays and the IATEFL conference.

You may be able to join a group up to 6 sessions after the start date if there are still spaces available.

Depending on my availability, I may be able to arrange closed groups with alternative days if there is sufficient interest.

Times

Exact session times will be arranged according to the group members’ and my availability to provide the best fit around our timetables. Sessions will be recorded if one or more group members cannot attend that specific time.

Course size

Minimum 4 trainees, maximum 8 trainees. If there are fewer than 4 trainees, I may be able to arrange a reduced course with fewer contact hours over the same time period, or you will be able to defer your payment to a later course date.

Taking the exam

My course fees do NOT include the exam, nor does the fee include the price of the exam.

You will need to arrange to take the exam yourself in a Cambridge approved centre. You can find a full list of centres on the Cambridge website. You will need to arrange the exam directly with the exam centre, and you will pay them the exam fee. Depending on availability at your chosen exam centre, you can take the exam on the first Wednesday of June or the first Wednesday of December each year. December sittings are sometimes harder to organise as there is less demand, so you may need to consider alternative locations.

Course fees

  • £520 = Early bird (sign up and pay minimum 21 days before the course start date)
  • £570 = Full price (sign up and pay by the course start date)
  • There is a £20 discount each if two people sign up together, or £30 each if three people sign up together.
  • There is a £20 discount for current or former staff of IH Bydgoszcz or IH Torun – please tick the relevant box on the application form for further details. This can be combined with the multiple sign-up discount.
  • If you need to pay in 2 instalments, please tick the relevant box on the application form – you can pay 50% before the course, and 50% after session 15 for a small additional fee of £20.

I must receive your payment before you will be able to join the course.

You can pay via PayPal, Revolut, international bank transfer (please check any fees first – you are responsible for these), or UK bank transfer. I will send exact details regarding how to pay once you have been accepted onto the course.

Materials for individual sessions and one full mock exam will be included during the course, but note that you will need to buy some extra books to make the most of the course. The two books you will need during the course are:

  • About Language by Scott Thornbury [2nd edition Amazon affiliate link]
    An in-depth Delta-level look at how the English language works, full of tasks you can complete to improve your language awareness – this will be required, as some of the homework tasks will be taken from it.
  • The New A-Z of ELT by Scott Thornbury [Amazon affiliate link]
    A dictionary of key terms and concepts, an invaluable Delta-level reference.

The cost of these books is not included in the course.

Cancellation and refund policy

  • If a participant cancels in writing 21 days before the start of the course, they will be refunded the full amount, less administrative costs of £50.
  • If a participant cancels in writing less than 21 days but more than 7 days before the start of the course, they will be refunded 50% of the full amount.
  • If a participant wishes to cancel their course less than 7 days before the start of the course they are not eligible for a refund; however, in certain exceptional circumstances (grievance, medical conditions) they can defer their payment to a later course.

Applying for the course

If you’ve read this far, and you’re interested in joining my course, complete the application form. It should take around 20-45 minutes to complete, depending on the depth of your answers.

If you are suitable for the course, I will send you a pre-course task to check the level of your written English. I will also arrange a 20-30 minute spoken interview with you to discuss the course and your suitability for it. If these are both satisfactory, you will be offered a place on the course. The place is provisional until I have received your payment.

I will consider applications in the order of application, and places will be allocated until the course in question is full or until the start date of the course, whichever is first.