Cambridge Delta Courses

Key Facts

Course Code: DFT or DPT
Qualification: Delta
Entry Dates: Full-time: March and September
Part-Time: September
Level: Proficient writer and speaker (Level C2 for non-native speakers)
Course Length: 8 weeks full-time
33 weeks part-time
Attendance Per Week: 30 hours average full-time
4 hours part-time


Delta Syllabus
Delta Administration Handbook

The Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching Full and Part-time Courses

Intended for speakers of any language hoping to further their careers in English Language teaching.


If you have substantial experience of teaching English to adult speakers of other languages, the Delta will offer you the opportunity to:

  • deepen your understanding of the principles and practice of teaching the English language to adults
  • examine your current practices and beliefs
  • apply the results of your learning and reflection to your current teaching position and more senior roles.

Entry Requirements – Applicants should normally:

  • hold an initial teaching qualification enabling you to teach English in your own context;
  • have a range of experience of teaching different levels in one or more contexts;
  • have a level of written and spoken English which enables you to teach advanced level students (up to and including level C1 on the CEFR);
  • be able to research and present written assignments to the required standard.


The part-time course provides input on the three modules, enabling candidates to complete all three over the 9 months, sitting the Module 1 exam in June, around a month after the end of the course.

The full-time course focuses solely on Modules 1 and 2 over the 8 weeks, with candidates sitting the Module 1 exam around a month after the course finishes, in either June or December.

Our separate Module 3 course lasts 10 weeks and is conducted online, affording candidates the flexibility to do this anywhere in the world. This can be followed at any time of the year, but submission dates for the extended assignment are only in June and December.

Module One: Understanding Language, Methodology and Resources for Teaching

The focus is on the background to teaching and learning English in a range of contexts and during the course there will be sessions covering:

  • Theoretical perspectives on language acquisition and language teaching
  • Different approaches and methodologies including current developments
  • Language systems and learners’ linguistic problems
  • Language skills and learners’ problems
  • Knowledge of resources, materials and reference sources for language learning
  • Key concepts and terminology related to assessment

Module One is assessed via 2 x 90-minute written examinations in either the June or the December immediately following the course.

Module Two: Developing Professional Practice

The focus is on the elements of planning and preparing a lesson or a sequence of lessons and how to select and use resources and materials. During the course there will be sessions covering:

  • The language learner and the language learning context
  • Preparation for teaching adult learners of English
  • Evaluating, selecting and using resources and materials for teaching purposes
  • Managing and supporting learning
  • Evaluation of lesson preparation and teaching
  • Observation/evaluation of other teachers’ lessons
  • Professionalism and opportunities for professional development

Module Two is assessed through a portfolio of coursework, including observed lessons, background written assignments, and an externally-assessed written assignment and lesson observation.

Format for Module Two

During the course you will teach classes of adult learners of English at the specified levels for a minimum of 10 hours, of which at least six will be observed by the course tutors (+ feedback). You will also undertake 10 hours observation of lessons, of which at least 5 must be of live lessons taught by experienced teachers.

Candidates on the full-time course will teach unpaying students in multilingual classes at our centre in the afternoons and will have the opportunity to teach unassessed, as well as assessed, lessons. This is of great benefit to trainees, as it allows them to experiment with ideas and techniques learnt in input sessions before deciding whether to use them in assessed lessons. Observations of Delta-qualified teachers will take place at our sister school, BEET Language Centre, but Delta trainees will also be required to observe other candidates on the course.

The part-time course is designed for practising teachers in the Bournemouth and surrounding areas. Input sessions are given in the evening and teaching practice and lesson observation take place at the candidate’s own school. The final examination is sat in the June or December, immediately following the completion of the coursework component.

You are required to attend the whole course and complete and submit all work to the Centre by the dates specified.

Module Three: Extending practice and English language teaching specialism

The focus is on classroom management and what happens in the classroom in terms of the language used by the teacher or learners, the roles the teacher can fulfil and the ways in which the teacher can manage classroom events and interaction.

During the course there will be sessions covering:

  • 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 candidate’s specialist area
  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness and quality of courses and programmes of study.

Module Three is assessed via an extended written assignment of 4,500 words on a specialist area.

Sessions on the course take the form of seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials. You will be expected to draw on your own teaching experience and to contribute actively to all sessions. Lesson observation and teaching practice are an integral part of the course.

In addition to hours spent on the course, you will be expected to read widely and complete regular written assignments, which will be continuously assessed by course tutors and discussed in tutorial sessions.

Candidates are awarded a certificate for each Delta module they pass. Achievement of a Pass in all three modules confers the status of a full Delta qualification.

An overall Delta certificate will be awarded to candidates who submit evidence of a Pass in all three modules.

Example Timetable

Times Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
 09:00-10:20 Reading and Research Word and Sentence Stress Cuisenaire Rods Silent Way Dictation Storytelling
10:20-10:50 Coffee Break
10:50-12:20 Experimental Practice* Objectives Drama Poetry Tutorial
13:15-14:15 Lunch
14:15-16:30 Teaching Practice

This is an example of a week’s timetable for a Delta course to give you an idea of what is in store for you if you come on the course. Remember that the timetable on your course is unlikely to be exactly the same as this one. * Written assignment.


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