DELTA Modules

The DELTA Modules

(formerly known as the DELTA - Diploma of English Language Teaching to Adults)




The Delta Modules are intended to offer candidates who have substantial experience of teaching English to adult speakers of other languages the opportunity to:

  • acquire new insights into this area and a deeper understanding of the principles and practice of ELT to adults;
  • examine their current practices and beliefs;
  • apply the results of their learning and reflection to their current professional lives and to circumstances beyond their present and previous teaching experience.

The course programme is designed to include the following areas:

Module One:

This module takes the form of an exam, with two 90-minute papers. It can be taken at the beginning of June or December. You don’t have to take a course to prepare, but it is recommended.

Focus on background to teaching and learning ESOL in a range of contexts.

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

Module Two:

This module is course-based and includes a Professional Development Assignment, four Language systems/skills assignments (including essay and observed lessons) and attendance of input sessions.

Focus on developing the candidate’s awareness and expertise in relation to the principles and professional practice of teaching ESOL in a range of contexts.

  1. The language learner and the 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 / Evaluation of other teachers‘ lessons.
  7. Professionalism and opportunities for professional development.

Module Three:

This takes the form of an extended written assignment investigating a specialism within English language teaching and planning a course for a specific student or group of students.

Focus on broadening the candidate’s knowledge of a chosen specialism and developing their understanding of syllabus design, testing and assessment.

  1. Research into specialist areas.
  2. Syllabus design: principles, influences on, methodological effects of, and major syllabus types as applied to the specific learning context.
  3. Designing syllabus and teaching programmes to meet the needs of learners in the specific context of their selected specialism.
  4. Course design and development in the specific context of their selected specialism.
  5. The principles and practice of testing and assessment and application to the candidate’s specialist area.
  6. Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness and quality of courses and programmes of study.

The syllabus can be downloaded from the Cambridge ESOL website. 

Before you submit an application, please ensure the following:

  1. That you will be able to give the commitment that the course requires?
  2. That you will be free to attend all the Fridays and the intensive week (for the part-time course) and able to attend Monday to Friday all 8 weeks (for the full-time course)?
  3. That you will be able to provide suitable adult classes for observation with a minimum of 5 students (for the part-time course only)?
  4. That you have easy access to word processing and printing facilities?

Points 2 and 3 may involve checking with your employer.

For further information and application forms contact

Jaime Lilley
Head of Centre
773 935 183
Teacher Training Centre