DELTA Course

DELTA – University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations

You have opted for the rewarding career of teaching English to speakers of other languages, and now need to consider a higher qualification in order to develop as a teacher and be eligible for new roles.

What is DELTA?

If you have substantial experience of teaching English to speakers of other languages, and are ready to progress your career, you need the DELTA. This internationally recognized qualification helps you to:

  • Deepen your understanding of the principles and practice of teaching the English language to adults
  • Examine your current practice and beliefs
  • Apply the results of your learning and reflection to your current teaching position and more senior roles

The DELTA modules

The DELTA modular framework

The modular framework aims to provide an accessible professional development programme with flexible entry points. Candidates may choose to do any or all of the modules and have the opportunity to focus on a specialist area of teaching in Modules 2 and 3. Each module is assessed independently and is separately certificated. Achievement of pass in all three modules confers the status of a full DELTA qualification.

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 practicing English Language teachers, was previously known as DTEFLA and the ‘RSA Diploma’.

Who is DELTA for?

You maybe 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 does DELTA involve?

Module One

Understanding language, methodology and resources for teaching (20 credits)

This module focuses on the background of teaching and learning English in a range of contexts.

Content Areas:

  1. Theoretical perspective on language acquisition and language teaching
  2. Different approaches and methodologies including current developments
  3. Language systems and learner’s linguistic problems
  4. Language skills and learner’s problems
  5. Knowledge of resources, materials and reference sources for language learning
  6. Key concepts and terminology related to assessment


Module one is assessed through a written examination

Module Two

Developing professional practice (20 credits)

This module tests knowledge of the elements of planning and preparing lesson or a sequence of lessons and how to select and use resources and materials.

Content Areas:

  1. The language learner and language learning context
  2. Preparation for teaching adult learners of English
  3. Evaluating, selecting and using resources and materials for teaching purposes
  4. Managing and supporting learning
  5. Evaluation of lesson preparation and teaching
  6. Observation and evaluation of other teacher’s lessons
  7. Professionalism and opportunities for professional development


Module two is assessed through a portfolio of course work, including observed lessons, background written assignments and an externally assessed lesson observation

Module Three

Extended practice and English language teaching specialism, (20 credits)

This module tests knowledge of classroom management and what happens in the classroom in terms of the language used by the teacher or learners, the roles of the teacher can fulfill, and the ways in which the teacher can manage classroom events and interaction.

Content Areas:

  • Research into specialist areas
  • Principles of syllabus design and implications for specific learning contexts
  • Designing syllabus and teaching programmes to meet the needs of learners in the specific context of the selected specialism
  • Course design and development in the specific context of the selected specialism
  • The principles and practice of testing and assessment and application to the candidates specialist area
  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness and quality of courses and programmes of study


Module three is assessed through an extended written assignment

Course Information

You can take DELTA full time (typically two or three months), or part time (from 6 months to over a year) or through distance learning. Please visit the distance learning website if you are interested in learning more about the distance DELTA: www.thedistancedelta.com
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:

  • Teaching practice
  • Observations of experienced teachers in the classroom
  • Completion of a range of practically focused written assignments
  • An extended assignment
  • A written examination

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.

Who recognizes DELTA?

DELTA is accepted throughout the world by organizations 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 5 (new NQF level 7) on the National Qualification Framework. DELTA is integrated into some MA programmes. Cambridge ESOL also works with international ELT organizations to ensure the acceptance of DELTA globally.

Am I eligible to apply?

Ideally you should:

  • Have at least two years full time (1,200 hours) experience of teaching English to adults within the past 5 years
  • Have arrange of teaching experience in different contexts and at different levels
  • Be a graduate and/or have an initial teaching qualification
  • Have a standard of English which will enable you to teach a range of levels

Centres 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. This is entirely at the centre’s discretion.

How do I register?

For more information please contact Ms Asma Ahmed Hassan Al-Bulushi, School of Foundation Studies, Airport Heights Campus, Tel 24536165 Ext 7108.

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