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 30-week integrated course which is designed for candidates who want to take all three modules runs from Tuesday 18 October 2022 to Friday 9 June 2023 (including the final assessment week).

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 07 June 2023. 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 31 October and 4 November.

    ✓ 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 28 November-2 December 2022, 16-20 January. 13-17 February 2023.

    ✓ Research and teach one externally assessed teaching assignment, which contains a background assignment of 2000-2500 words. This takes place in the week of 13-17 March 2023.

  • 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 11 June 2023.

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

  • Class Size

    Class size is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

  • Contact Us

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

2022-2023 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   £3070.00
Module One 7 March to 7 June 2023 (14 weeks) £600.00
Module Two 18 October 2022 to 16 March 2023 (18 weeks) £2035.00
Module Three 7 March to 9 June 2023 (14 weeks) £435.00

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

Module One £127.00
Module Two £158.00
Module Three £89

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 2 weeks when there are sessions on the Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Module Two: Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Module Three: Thursday evenings, apart from the first 3 weeks of the course when there are sessions on the Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

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

Module One: 29 April and 13 May 2023.

Module Two: 22 October, 5 November and 3 December 2022.

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 10 December 2022.

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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