London DELTA Course Overview

Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults

Gaining a Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (Delta) qualification requires significant time and effort. Make the most of this investment by studying with us.

Delta at EC London combines seminars and lectures with teaching practice. This will improve your understanding of the English language, as well as demonstrate the principles of effective second language English teaching.

There are three modules. Module One looks at the background to teaching and learning and is assessed with a written exam. Module Two explores professional practice and is assessed with a portfolio of teaching assignments. Module Three is a specialist extended assignment.

The course runs from Thursday 2 January 2020 to Monday 8 June 2020 (including the final assessment week).

Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 1830-2100

In addition there are nine Saturday sessions from 1000-1700 on 4 January, 11 January, 18 January, 1 February, 22 February, 14 March, 18 April, 16 May, 30 May (optional).

Class size is limited to a maximum of 14 candidates.

London Delta Course Information

  • Course Content

    Input Sessions covering the six syllabus areas and exam preparation:

    - Language systems (grammar, vocabulary, discourse and pronunciation) and skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening)

    - The background to teaching and learning English at adult level

    - Resources and materials

    - Working in the classroom

    - Evaluation, monitoring and assessment

    - Professional development

    - Exam preparation skills and practice

    - Lesson and course design

  • Entry Requirements

    Participants should ideally have a minimum of two years' full-time teaching experience at the beginning of the course, and hold an initial teacher training qualification, such as the Cambridge Assessment English CELTA or equivalent.

    They need to have employment as teachers on group courses during the course as teaching practice observation is undertaken on participants' own classes. Classes must have a minimum of five learners. 

  • 2020 Dates and Fees

    The course fee is £3150.00. This includes materials used during the sessions and access to a Delta library at EC London. It also includes access to the library at the UCL Institute of Education as a Visitor.

    In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Cambridge Assessment English entry fee of £357.00 for all three Modules. Candidates who teach outside London will be asked to pay a supplement of £150 to cover the extra costs involved.

    A deposit of £1000 is required on acceptance of an offer of a place on the course. On receipt of the deposit, course participants will receive a pre-course task and reading list. The remaining fee of £2150.00 is payable by 22 November 2020.

Delta Course Modules

Our course consists of 3 integrated modules

  • Module 1

    Module 1 comprises two written examinations of 1.5 hours each, to be held on Wednesday 03 June 2020.

    Paper 1 tests candidates' knowledge of ELT terminology; writing and/or speaking sub-skills; and language systems (grammar, lexis, phonology and discourse).

    Paper 2 tests candidates' knowledge of ELT testing; the aims, purposes and principles behind published teaching materials; and the principles and beliefs behind ELT methodology. 

  • Module 2

    Module 2 consists of coursework. During the course participants must:

    Research and complete a Professional Development Assignment which consists of the following:

    - One lesson which is observed by a Delta tutor. This is diagnostic in its aim and is therefore unassessed. This takes place between 6-10 January

    - Three written pieces (comprising of a total of 2500 words), in which the course participant reflects on current practice and sets goals for development

    - One written assignment focussing on a new area of practice (1500-2000 words + lesson plan), which consists of reading and research, a lesson observed by a colleague and a self-evaluation

    - Ten hours of live observation of experienced teachers

    - Research and teach three internally assessed teaching assignments each of which includes a written background assignment of 2000-2500 words. These take place between 27-31 January, 17-21 February, 9-13 March

    - Research and teach one externally assessed teaching assignment, which contains a background assignment of 2000-2500 words. This takes place between 31 March and 3 April

  • Module 3

    Module 3 is assessed through an extended written assignment of 4000-4500 words and focuses on the design and assessment of a specialist group of learners, course participants can choose to research a specialism from the following list:

    - Business English (BE)

    - Teaching young learners/young adults (specified age group required with 5-year range e.g. 8-13, 14-19) (YL)

    - English for Special Purposes (ESP)

    - English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

    - Teaching examination classes (EX)

    - Teaching one-to-one (1to1)

    - ESOL learners with literacy needs (ESOL)

    - CLIL/Embedded ESOL (teaching English through subject/work-based learning) (CLIL)

    - Teaching monolingual classes (MON)

    - Teaching multilingual classes (MUL)

    - Teaching in an English-speaking environment (ESE)

    - Teaching in a non-English speaking environment (NESE)

    - Teaching learners online, through distance/blended learning (DL)

    - Language development for teachers (LDT)

    If applicants have identified another area of specialism, they should contact EC London Delta for confirmation that supervision of the chosen area will be possible. The deadline for submission of Module 3 is Monday 8 June 2020.

    The course is designed to prepare candidates for all three Modules. In some circumstances, it might be possible for a candidate to take the Modules separately.

Further Information

If you require further information email the Delta Course Coordinator, Madeleine du Vivier, at:


Apply for Delta

Applicants for the London Delta course must submit the on-line Application Form. Those applicants who fulfil the entry requirements will be contacted for a personal interview. Acceptance on to the course is determined following the interview.

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