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, or Module Three, the extended assignment.

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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. My Module 1 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. My Module 3 course will take you through the process step by step, and give you feedback on two drafts: one draft of each part, and one complete final draft.

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.

Why take Sandy’s Delta Module One or Module Three course?

Most Delta Module One or Module Three 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.

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.

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. Some sessions may be covered by other tutors if I’m not available – I will always notify you of these in advance.

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 and Module Three in the past. I cannot guarantee that you will pass the module (nobody can!), but I will do my best to make sure that you are fully ready for it with this course.

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Sandy’s Delta Module One course

Course format

  • 90-minute live group sessions on Zoom, once a week for 30 weeks. 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.

Dates

  • September 28th 2022 – May 31st 2023 (ready for the Wednesday 7th June 2023 sitting)
    Zoom meetings once a week for 90 minutes (two groups: 10:15-11:45 UTC or 13:30-15:00 UTC)
    > Early bird prices available until September 7th 2022
  • March – December 2023 (ready for the Wednesday 6th December 2023 sitting)
    Exact dates and times TBC, but you can apply already

Check the time where you are (be careful with summer/winter time!) Please note that course dates include breaks for UK national holidays and the IATEFL conference.

Group sizes

There will be a maximum of 8 participants in any group. If I have more than 8 people interested in a specific start date, I will aim to open multiple groups. 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 are at least 4 participants in the group.

Times

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

The obligatory time commitment on the Module One 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). The exact amount of study time you need will depend on your background knowledge and prior experience.

Course materials

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 must have 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.

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Sandy’s Module Three course

Note that this course is for Option 1: Extending Practice and ELT Specialism, NOT Option 2: English Language Teaching Management. See the Cambridge website for the difference.

Course format

  • Twenty 90-minute live group sessions on Zoom, running periodically throughout the 36-week course. These will introduce you to each part of the assignment, and cover some key principles you need to be aware of. 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.
  • Dedicated time to write each part of your Module Three assignment: specific dates will be given to you to keep you on track with producing your assignment.
  • Feedback on your assignment: as per Cambridge specifications, you will get feedback on one draft of each part of the assignment, as well as on one full draft. This will total around 8 hours of feedback from me.
  • Your own reading/research – the more of this you do, the more thorough your assignment will be!

Dates

  • September 19th 2022 – May 22nd 2023 (ready for the Wednesday 7th June 2023 submission date)
    90-minute Zoom meetings in 20 of these 36 weeks (Mondays, 12:30-14:00 UK time – BST/GMT)
    Early bird prices available until 29th August 2022
  • February – November 2023 (exact dates TBC)

Check the time where you are (be careful with summer/winter time!) Please note that course dates include breaks for UK national holidays and the IATEFL conference.

Group size

I will only open one Module Three group for each date range, with a maximum of 8 participants.

Course materials

Materials for individual sessions will be included in the course, but note that you will need to buy some extra books to make the most of the course. The exact books you need will depend on the specialism you choose. You will be given a recommended reading list once you have chosen your specialism after session two of the course. You can find a list of possible specialisms on page 3 of this Cambridge summary.

Sounds good! How do I sign up?

Fees

The fees are the same for each of the modules.

  • £540 = Early bird (sign up and pay minimum 21 days before the course start date)
  • £580 = Full price

Discounts:

  • £50 discount if you have previously followed a Module One / Three course with me.
  • £20 discount each if two people sign up together.
  • £30 each if three people sign up together.
  • £20 discount for current or former staff of IH Bydgoszcz or IH Torun. This can be combined with the multiple sign-up discount.

You can pay in multiple instalments if you need too, with an additional £20 added to the course cost to be paid as part of your first instalment:

  • 2 instalments: 50% before the course, and 50% after session 15 (Module 1) or 10 (Module 3).
  • Monthly: in 9 instalments.

I must receive your (first) payment before you will be able to join the course. If you’re paying in instalments, I must receive the payment by the date stated on the invoice for you to be able to attend the following session.

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

When checking whether you can afford the course, note the information below about exam fees / submission fees, and the information above about additional materials you may need, which are not included in the course fees.

Taking the Module One exam / Submitting your Module Three assignment

My course fees do NOT include the price of the Module One exam or the price of submitting your Module Three assignment to a Cambridge centre.

You can find a full list of centres on the Cambridge website. You need to arrange the exam / submission directly with the exam centre, and you will pay them the exam / submission 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. Module Three submission dates are also the first Wednesday of June and December.

Cancellation and refund policy

Your place on the course is provisional until I have received your (first) payment.

  • 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 a course

If you’ve read this far, and you’re interested in joining one of my courses, 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 and give you an idea of what to expect. 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.

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

I look forward to working with you to help you complete your Delta!