Have you been teaching for a little while? Are you thinking about how you can continue to develop professionally as an English teacher? Then perhaps it’s time to start thinking about taking the DELTA qualification. The DELTA, or Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, is a Cambridge English qualification for experienced English language teachers which is equivalent to a Master’s degree (Ofqual level 7). In this blog post, we will look at the requirements for taking the DELTA, the different components of the course and the different ways it can be completed. We will also provide an overview of the professional benefits of holding the DELTA qualification.
What are the requirements for taking the DELTA?
In order to pursue the Cambridge English DELTA qualification, you typically need to meet the following requirements:
- You should have a minimum of one year of full-time teaching experience within the field of ELT (English Language Teaching), although two years is preferable.
- Candidates should hold an initial ELT qualification such as the CELTA.
- A degree or equivalent qualification is generally required, although some centres may accept candidates without a degree based on their teaching experience and other qualifications.
- Candidates must be able to demonstrate a high CEFR level of English (preferably C2).
What does the course involve?
Once you meet the prerequisites, you can apply for a Cambridge English DELTA course offered by authorised centres. These courses involve a combination of coursework, teaching practice, and assessments and are designed to enhance your knowledge and skills in various aspects of English language teaching, including language analysis, methodology, and lesson planning. There is also an exam at the end of the course to test you on the content you have covered. It's important to note that requirements and procedures may vary slightly depending on the centre or institution offering the DELTA course. It’s therefore recommended that you consult with specific institutions or visit the official Cambridge website for the most up-to-date information on the DELTA qualification.
What are the benefits of holding the Cambridge English DELTA?
Holding the Cambridge English DELTA can offer several benefits to English language teachers. Here are just some advantages of obtaining this qualification:
- Professional Development: The DELTA is a highly regarded and internationally recognised qualification that demonstrates a teacher's commitment to professional development and excellence in English language teaching. It signifies a high level of knowledge and expertise in the field.
- Career Advancement: Having the DELTA qualification can open up new opportunities for career advancement. Many reputable language schools and institutions prefer or require teachers to hold a DELTA qualification for senior teaching positions, teacher training roles, or academic management positions. It can also enhance your chances of securing more competitive and higher-paying teaching jobs.
- Enhanced Teaching Skills: The DELTA course provides in-depth training on various aspects of English language teaching, including language analysis, lesson planning, materials development, and classroom management. It equips teachers with a deeper understanding of teaching methodologies, approaches, and techniques. As a result, DELTA holders become more confident, independent and effective teachers.
- Increased Employability: The Cambridge English DELTA is recognised by institutions worldwide, which can enhance your employability in different countries around the globe. It demonstrates to employers that you have undergone rigorous training and possess the necessary skills to teach English to diverse groups of learners.
- Networking and Community: Completing the DELTA course allows you to join a wider community of professionals in the field of English language teaching. You can network with experienced teachers, trainers, and educators from around the world, gaining valuable insights, sharing resources, and participating in ongoing professional development opportunities.
- Personal Fulfilment: Pursuing the DELTA qualification can be personally fulfilling and rewarding. It challenges you to critically reflect on your teaching practice, expand your knowledge base and refine your skills. The sense of achievement upon completion can boost your confidence and motivation as a teacher.
What are the different ways to complete the DELTA?
There are various ways to complete the DELTA, depending on your needs and circumstances. Here are the different pathways you can take to obtain the DELTA qualification:
- Module-based: This is the most common way to complete the DELTA. It consists of three modules, each focusing on different aspects of teaching and professional development. The modules can be taken in any order and at different times, allowing you to spread out your studies. The three modules are as follows:
- Module 1: Understanding Language, Methodology, and Resources for Teaching: This module focuses on theoretical knowledge and understanding of language, teaching methodology, and resources. It involves a written exam that you can take at authorised centres.
- Module 2: Developing Professional Practice: This module involves teaching practice and observation. You will typically complete an extended assignment focusing on a specific aspect of teaching, along with assessed teaching practice. It can be taken as an intensive course at a centre or as a blended learning course.
- Module 3: English Language Teaching Specialism: This module allows you to specialise in an area of English language teaching that interests you. It involves an extended written assignment, which requires research and analysis related to your chosen specialisation.
- Integrated DELTA: Some centres offer an integrated DELTA course that combines all three modules into an extended program. This option provides a more intensive and structured approach, allowing you to complete the DELTA qualification within a shorter time frame.
- Distance DELTA: This option is suitable for those who are unable to attend a physical course at a training centre. It involves studying the DELTA modules remotely, typically through online materials, tutor support, and communication tools. You will still need to complete the required assignments and assessments, but you can do so from your own location.
It's important to note that the DELTA is offered by authorised Cambridge English centres worldwide. Therefore, not all of these options will necessarily be available at your nearest DELTA centre. It's advisable to research and contact authorised centres to find out more specific information about the options available to you.
So, has this blog post whetted your appetite to start the Cambridge English DELTA qualification? Then the next step is to find your local authorised Cambridge English training centre and find out more about the options available to you. Below, you can also find some useful links where you can find out more about the DELTA qualification.