What is the Cambridge DELTA?

DELTA is an advanced TESOL qualification for those who wish to expand and deepen their teaching knowledge and skills.

International House Sydney is a regional centre for Distance Delta, a course run by International House London and the British Council. This arrangement means you can study on the distance course, and opt to complete the face-to-face component, i.e. “Orientation Course” of Module Two and the Module One exam in Sydney.

Please find more information here http://thedistancedelta.com/

The next Module One intake is scheduled for September 2017, so is the M2 Orientation Course in Sydney. Please keep checking the Distance Delta website for announcements.

Why take DELTA?

  • Highly practical with background theory
  • Career progression
  • A requirement to become a Cambridge CELTA Trainer (*)
  • A requirement to become a Director of Studies/ Academic Manager (**)
  • Financial incentives for teachers in some schools (**)

*Delta is one of the accepted ELT qualifications specified by Cambridge English Teaching Qualifications for Cambridge CELTA teacher trainer nomination. University TESOL qualifications such as Master/Graduate Diploma in TESOL/Applied Linguistics are not usually accepted.

**Delta is one of the accepted ELT qualifications, along with University graduate level TESOL qualifications, that fulfil the requirements to work as a Director of Studies or an Academic Manager. In Australian contexts only. Please check with the local ELT industry authorities.

The Distance study mode:

  • A quality course run by International House London and the British Council with over 30 years’ experience + 3000 graduates
  • Specifically tailored for teachers who would like to continue working while they study
  • Module 1: Online + exam at a local centre
  • Module 2: The 2-week Orientation Course at a local centre followed by Teaching Practice (observed by a nominated Local Tutor at your school) + assignments online
  • Module 3: Online
  • All modules moderated and assessed by the expert Distance Delta team

How International House Sydney can help you?

  • An authorised centre for the Delta Module 1 Exam
  • A local centre for the Module 2 Orientation Course

Study Mode

Module One
  • A 3- month distance course delivered via Distance Delta
  • 8 Units to be completed to a set schedule
Module Two
  • Overall 9 months via online and face- to- face
  • A pre-course task
  • A 2-week Orientation Course, run at International House Sydney
Module Three
  • A 3-month distance course delivered via Distance DELTA
  • 5 Units to be completed to a set schedule

Key Features

Key Features

DELTA consists of three modules

Module 1:3 months

Extends your knowledge of language, background theory and resources. Delivered online via the Distance Delta website and assessed by exam.

Module 2:9 months

Develops your practical teaching skills supported by reading and research.

Module 3: 3 months

Extended Assignment develops your career opportunities with a specialist qualification. Delivered online via the Distance Delta website.

 

Who is DELTA designed for?

Our programmes are designed for practising teachers in the field of ELT who wish to upgrade their qualifications and develop their teaching skills, e.g. to seek employment as a Teacher Trainer or a Director of Studies. Specifically tailored for teachers who would like to continue working while they study, the Distance Delta provides a flexible and convenient alternative to intensive and part-time face-to-face courses.

Learning Outcomes

The DELTA course provides a broad theoretical foundation of effective methods to teach language skills, grammar and vocabulary, as well as innovative methods for adapting course book materials and using authentic materials in the classroom.

More information about Cambridge DELTA

Cambridge Delta Module 1 focuses on Understanding Language, Methodology & Resources for Teaching.

The Distance Delta Module 1 Course comprises:

  • a 3 month Distance Course delivered via the Distance Delta website
  • 8 Units to be completed to a set schedule
  • core course materials covering all aspects of the Cambridge Delta Module 1 syllabus
  • exam Training for all tasks in Papers 1 and 2
  • exam Practice Tasks and Mock Exam with regular feedback from your Distance Delta Course Tutor
  • dedicated Module 1 discussion forum monitored by our experienced Distance Delta Course Tutor Team
  • dedicated administrative and IT support to help you with all aspects of the course and Cambridge assessment

How much work will I have to do?

A minimum of 9-10 hours per week is required over the course. This work will include background reading, exam training, completing exam practice tasks and forum discussions.

 What support will I receive?

Throughout the programme, there will be an experienced Delta tutor working with you to ensure you gain as much benefit as possible from the programme. In addition to the course materials described above, there are several key elements in place to ensure that your learning is supported:

  • you will be part of a study group with a maximum of 12 Course Participants who will participate in online discussions, monitored by an experienced Delta tutor
  • a member of the Course Tutor team will provide guidance on your progress during the course and outline ways in which you might develop your ideas further
  • a support team of a Course Co-ordinator and the Course Administrator, and a dedicated IT helpdesk are available should you need extra help

How is my work assessed?

Module 1 is assessed via a written examination. The exam consists of two papers, each 1 hour 30 minutes. It is held in early December and early June and is externally marked.

Where can I take the exam?

You may take the exam at International House Sydney.

Cambridge Delta Module 2 focuses on Developing Professional Practice.

The Distance Delta Module 2 course is a 9 month programme and comprises:

  • a Pre-course web-based Task
  • a 2-week Orientation Course, run at International House London and in selected regional centres around the world
  • a Distance Component which covers all aspects of the Cambridge Delta Module 2 syllabus and assessment
  • 8 Units to be completed to a set schedule
  • guidance for writing each of the 5 Module 2 assignments
  • a draft assignment facility with individual advice and feedback from your Distance Delta Course Tutor
  • a Module 2 discussion forum monitored by our experienced Distance Delta Course Tutor Team
  • dedicated administrative and IT support to help you with all aspects of the course and Cambridge assessment

The Pre-Course Task

The Pre-course task introduces you to the main themes and approaches to be followed during the Distance Component, reviews key ELT topics and familiarises you with the Distance Delta website. As well as doing preparatory work for the Orientation Course, you will have the opportunity to share ideas and opinions with other Course Participants and take the first step towards becoming part of the Distance Delta learning community.

The Orientation Course

The Orientation Course is an essential part of the Module 2 Programme, consisting of input sessions and teaching practice. It equips you with the skills you need for the rest of your Delta course. These include lesson planning, lesson appraisal, language analysis, research and essay writing skills. The Orientation Course helps you to identify principles and beliefs underlying your current practice and to set professional development targets for the rest of the course. As a distance learner, it is important that you make contact with others who are following the same programme so that you can share your ideas, experience and opinions. Unit 1 of the programme, including work on your first Module 2 Assignment, is completed during the Orientation Course. The Cambridge requirement for 10 hours of peer observation is also met on the course.

The Distance Component

The Distance Component covers two essential elements: research and written work, and the development of practical teaching skills.

Research and written work

Core course materials are delivered via the Distance Delta website, in 8 units to be completed to a set schedule. Each unit contains background reading on Delta syllabus topics, tasks and guided reading projects which require you to reflect on your own teaching and context.

Each unit contains work on a formally-assessed assignment which contributes to your overall Module 2 assessment on the course. There is a dedicated website which contains updated course content and discussion group work monitored by our experienced Delta Tutor team.

Practical teaching skills

Your reflection on your own teaching development will be monitored by the experienced Delta tutors responsible for providing support and assessment over the course of the programme. On a face-to-face basis, your teaching will be monitored by your approved Local Tutor.

How much work will I have to do?

A minimum of 12 hours per week is required over the course. This work will include reading, completing assignments and reflecting on your own teaching.

What support will I receive?

A team of experienced Delta Tutors working with you to ensure you gain maximum benefit from the programme. In addition to the course materials, there are the following key elements to support your learning:

  • you will be part of a study group with a maximum of 12 Course Participants who will take part in online discussions, monitored by an experienced Delta Tutor
  • the Course Tutor team will provide guidance on your progress during the course and outline ways in which you might develop your ideas further
  • a support team of a Course Co-ordinator and the Course Administrator, and a dedicated IT helpdesk are available should you need extra assistance
  • your nominated Local Tutor will provide extra support at a local level through seminars and observation of your teaching

How is my work assessed?

Module 2, Developing Professional Practice, is assessed via 5 assignments completed during the Distance Delta course. Four of these are internally assessed and the fifth is externally assessed by an approved Cambridge Delta Assessor. The assignments incorporate both background essays and observed teaching. The first formal observation is completed during the Orientation Course. The second, third and fourth observation are done by your Local Tutor. Your final assignment will be assessed by an external assessor. Assessors are experienced Delta teacher trainers nominated by Cambridge.

Who is the Cambridge Assessor?

Your final Module 2 assignment will be assessed by an external assessor, appointed by Cambridge. Assessors are experienced Delta tutors nominated by Cambridge to carry out external assessment. Candidates normally complete their externally-assessed Module 2 assignment in their own place of work and every effort is taken to ensure that an Assessor can be found in the country where you work. However, it is sometimes necessary for an Assessor to travel from a different country. Cambridge will reimburse reasonable accommodation and subsistence expenses as well as all domestic rail travel and both domestic and international  flights up to £100. Costs greater than this are the responsibility of the candidate or their sponsor.

Cambridge Delta Module 3 has two options and The Distance Delta offers both:
  • Option 1: Extending Practice and ELT Specialism
  • Option 2: English Language Teaching Management

The Distance Delta Module 3 Course comprises:

  • a 3 month Distance Course delivered via the Distance Delta website
  • 5 Units to be completed to a set schedule
  • core course materials covering all aspects of the Cambridge Delta Module 3 syllabus
  • additional dedicated course materials for all Delta specialisms.

Option 1: Younger Learners, Business English, English for Academic Purposes, ESOL with Literacy Needs, Exam Classes, One-to-one, English for Specific Purposes, Content and Language Integrated Learning, Language Development for Teachers, Teaching Learners Online, Teaching in a Non-English Speaking Environment, Teaching in an English Speaking Environment, Teaching Monolingual Classes and Teaching Multilingual Classes

Option 2: ELT Management with specialisms in Academic Management, Human Resources Management, Customer Service or Marketing

Please note that Option 2 in ELT Management is only available on the 3 month stand alone Module 3 course.

  • guided tasks to help you complete your Module 3 Extended Assignment, with regular feedback from your Distance Delta Course Tutor
  • dedicated Module 3 discussion forum monitored by our experienced Distance Delta Course Tutor Team
  • dedicated administrative and IT support to help you with all aspects of the course and Cambridge assessment

How much work will I have to do?

You should ensure that you can dedicate a minimum of 9-10 hours per week, over the course to work on the Distance Delta. This work will include background reading, guided extended assignment tasks, research and data collection, completing assignment drafts and forum discussions.

What support will I receive?

A team of experienced Delta Tutors working with you to ensure you gain maximum benefit from the programme. In addition to the course materials, there are several other key elements to support your learning:

  • you will be part of a study group with a maximum of 12 Course Participants who will take part in online discussions, monitored by an experienced Delta Tutor.
  • the Course Tutor team will provide guidance on your progress during the course and outline ways in which you might develop your ideas further.
  • a support team of a Course Co-ordinator and the Course Administrator, and a dedicated IT helpdesk are available should you need extra assistance.

How is my work assessed?

Module 3 is assessed via an Extended Assignment (4000 – 4500 words). It is completed during the Distance Delta Module 3 course and is externally assessed. Throughout the course, you will be given guidance on researching and writing this assignment.

What are the Cambridge Module 3 Specialisms?

For Option 1 Extending Practice and ELT Specialism:

  • Business English
  • Teaching young learners/young adults (specified age group required with 5-year range e.g. 8–13, 14–19)
  • English for Special Purposes
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • ESOL learners with clear specialist needs e.g. literacy needs CLIL/Embedded ESOL (teaching English through subject/work-based learning)
  • Teaching examination classes
  • Teaching one-to-one
  • Teaching monolingual classes
  • Teaching multilingual classes
  • Teaching in an English-speaking environment
  • Teaching in a non-English-speaking environment
  • 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. EAL on mainstream teaching programmes; specialist skills support such as supporting writing needs (LS)

For Option 2 ELT Management (only available on the 3 month stand alone course):

  • Academic Management
  • Human Resources
  • Management Customer Service
  • Marketing

Distance Delta Course Tutors support candidates on all of the Cambridge Module 3 specialisms. We provide additional course materials on 5 specialisms for Option 1: Business English, Teaching Younger Learners, Teaching examination classes, English for Academic Purposes and ESOL with literacy needs. We also provide guided reading for 3 further specialisms: Teaching one-to-one, Teaching monolingual classes and Teaching multilingual classes.

To apply for a DELTA course you must have:

  • a first degree
  • an initial ELT qualification
  • a minimum of 2 years full time (1200 hours) teaching experience of ELT within the past 5 years
  • a range of teaching experience working in different teaching contexts and teaching different levels
  • The Distance Delta is an electronically delivered programme and candidates must ensure that they have adequate computer access and IT skills to enable them to follow the course

These include:

  • adequate word-processing skills to enable you complete written assignments
  • competence in using the internet and e-mail
  • regular access to adequate word-processing, internet and email facilities
  • up-to-date anti-virus protection
  • an appropriate awareness of language and language competence in English sufficient to follow the programme and complete all assessed elements successfully

Module One

2017
Please check the Distance Delta website for updates.www.thedistancedelta.com

Module Two

2017
Online portion and Contact portion: Face-to-face Orientation Course: The 2-week course in Sydney is scheduled for 20th – 31st March, 2017. The total Module Two course duration is March – November 2017.

Module Three

2017
Please check the Distance Delta website for updates.www.thedistancedelta.com

Module One

Module fee: Cambridge assessment fee Total
£690 £109 £799

Module Two

Module fee: Cambridge assessment fee Total
£2,200 £136 £2,336

Module Three

Module fee: Cambridge assessment fee Total
£425 £76.50 £501.50

How to Apply:

Please visit http://thedistancedelta.com, fill out the application form, and select Sydney as your preferred OC centre. IH Sydney will contact you for OC arrangements