Here is a summary of the benefits.
How does DELTA relate to TEFL/TESOL?
'TEFL' or 'TESOL' are terms often used to describe qualifications for English Language teachers. DELTA, the advanced TESOL/TEFL qualification for practising English Language teachers, was previously known as DTEFLA and the 'RSA diploma'.
Who is DELTA for?
Different people decide to do the DELTA for different reasons.
It may be that you have been teaching for a number of years since taking your initial qualification and now wish to further your knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching. DELTA certainly caters for this need. You may be a graduate, or already hold an initial teaching qualification, and are considering DELTA as a route to further career progression. The qualification is ideal if you wish to extend your professional experience and accept new responsibilities as it not only demonstrates a commitment to the profession, but is also proof of your ability.
You may be looking for an opportunity to increase your understanding of the principles and practice of English Language teaching to help improve your overall performance in the classroom. As part of this process, DELTA courses encourage you to analyse your existing practices and beliefs. They also help you to apply the results of your learning and reflection both to your current professional life and to contexts beyond your present and previous teaching experience.
What are the requirements for doing the DELTA?
In order to get full benefit from what the DELTA offers, candidates will typically be CELTA qualified (or the equivalent) and have taught full-time for at least 2 years at a range of levels in a variety of contexts. It is assumed that you are fully familiar with current best practice principles and skills in planning and teaching as covered on a CELTA course. If you don’t have the CELTA (or an equivalent teaching qualification) but have worked in contexts where there was a quality in-service training scheme including regular observations and feedback, then we may advise you to do the DELTA. In these cases, we would need to observe one of your lessons before accepting your application.
What does DELTA involve?
Your course features a balance of theory and practice to enhance your understanding of the English Language, while examining in depth the principles of effective teaching and the practical skills required for teaching English to adult learners.
The course includes:
- There are six main units of learning:
As part of your course you should expect 120 contact hours with fellow candidates and course tutors and 10 hours of teaching adults. Four of these lessons are supervised and assessed by a course tutor and one is externally assessed. In addition you have 10 hours' directed observation of lessons, with five of these being live lessons taught by experienced teachers. You spend around 300 hours on reading, research and assignment writing.
There are three components of assessment:
There are seven coursework assignments. Six of these are internally assessed; the seventh is externally assessed. In addition there is overall external moderation of your coursework by Cambridge ESOL.
The extended assignment is a case study of a learner. It is supervised by the centre and externally marked.
The written examination is externally set and marked.
To be awarded the Diploma, you must pass all three components. There are two grades
Who recognises DELTA?
DELTA is accepted throughout the world by organisations which employ English Language teachers. The Cambridge DELTA has been accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) as a Diploma in Teaching ESOL at level 7 on the National Qualifications Framework. Cambridge ESOL also works with international ELT organisations to ensure the acceptance of DELTA globally.
Am I eligible to apply?
Ideally you should:
We may still accept you if you do not strictly meet all of these requirements but can demonstrate that you would be likely to complete the course successfully.
Please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're not sure about your eligibility for DELTA, or if you'd like any other information.