London DELTA Course Overview

Study for DELTA with EC London

Gaining a Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA) qualification requires significant time and effort. Make the most of this investment by studying wth us at EC London.

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. The input sessions will be taught Face to Face but there will also be some sessions taught online on Microsoft Teams.

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 23-week integrated course which is designed for candidates who want to take all three modules runs from Tuesday 2 January 2024 to Sunday 9 June 2024 (including the final assessment week).

The course is also designed to allow candidates to take the Modules on a separate basis.

Our Input Sessions Cover 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

Assessment: Our DELTA Course Consists of 3 Integrated Modules

  • Module 1

    Module 1 comprises two written examinations of 1.5 hours each, to be held on Wednesday 05 June 2024. 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

    This involves input sessions, lesson plans, observation and post-lesson evaluation based on topics agreed on by the tutors. A total of five practical teaching assignments will take place during the course.

    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 8 and 12 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 observation of experienced teachers. This can be of live teaching, streamlined observations, recorded lessons or of online teaching.

    ✓ Research and teach three internally assessed teaching assignments each of which includes a written background assignment of 2000-2500 words. These take place in the weeks of 30 January-2 February, 19-23 February 11-15 March 2024.

    ✓ Research and teach one externally assessed teaching assignment, which contains a background assignment of 2000-2500 words. This takes place in the week of 1-5 April 2024.

  • 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 learners online, through distance/blended learning (DL)

    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 Sunday 9 June 2024.

Delta Course Details

  • 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. These classes will usually be taught F2F. Classes must have a minimum of five learners.

  • Class Size

    Class size is limited to a maximum of 12 candidates.

  • Contact Us

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

2024 Course Dates and Tuition Fees for each Module

The course fees are listed below. They include materials used during the sessions and access to a DELTA library at EC London.

Modules One, Two and Three   £3100
Module One 4 April to 5 June 2024 (10 weeks) £650
Module Two 2 January to 5 April 2024 (14 weeks) £2100
Module Three 21 March to 9 June 2024 (12 weeks) £500

In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Cambridge Assessment English entry fee for each Module:

Module One £139
Module Two £173
Module Three £98

Candidates can study for one module, two modules or follow the integrated course and study for all three modules at the same time.

Classes for the modules are held on the following evenings from 1800-2030 at EC London:

Module One: Tuesday evenings, apart from the first week when there is a session on Thursday 4 April.

Module Two: Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Module Three: Thursday evenings.

In addition, there are Saturday sessions (1000-1700) for Modules One, Two and Three on the following dates:

Module One: 20 April and 18 May 2024.

Module Two: 6 January, 13 January, 20 January, 3 February, 24 February and 16 March 2024.

Candidates who teach outside London and who wish to be observed teaching F2F will be asked to pay a supplement of £150 to cover the extra travel costs involved.

A deposit 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 is payable by 8 December 2024.

Apply for Delta

Applicants must submit the online Application Form. Those applicants who fulfil the entry requirements will be contacted for an interview which can take place at EC London or online. Acceptance on to the course is determined following the interview.

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