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DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults)
(text taken from cambridgeesol.org)
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 DELTA. This internationally recognised qualification helps you to:
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?
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 does DELTA involve?
You can take DELTA full time (typically two to three months), or part time (from six months to over a year). A Distance Learning programme is also available.
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 ten 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 ten 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:
To be awarded the Diploma, you must pass all three components. There are two grades - Pass and Distinction.
Note to exam centres and teacher trainers
The current DELTA specifications are under review. Revised specifications will be available in September 2007 for implementation from September 2008.
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 5 (new NQF Level 7) on the National Qualifications Framework.
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