London DELTA Course Overview

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 Saturday 5 January 2019 to Monday 10 June 2019 (including the final two assessment weeks).

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

In addition there are nine Saturday sessions from 1000-1700 on 5 January, 12 January, 19 January, 9 February, 2 March, 23 March, 27 April, 11 May, 1 June (optional).

Application for Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (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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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.

London Delta Full 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

Our course consists of 3 integrated modules:

Module 1 comprises two written examinations of 1.5 hours each, to be held on Wednesday 05 June 2019. Paper one tests candidates’ knowledge of ELT terminology; writing and/or speaking sub-skills; and language systems (grammar, lexis, phonology and discourse). Paper two 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 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 14-18 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 4-8 February, 25 February-1 March, 18-22 March.
    • Research and teach one externally assessed teaching assignment, which contains a background assignment of 2000-2500 words. This takes place between 8-12 April.

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 10 June 2019.
The course is designed to prepare candidates for all three Modules. In some circumstances, it might be possible for a candidate to take Modules 1 or 3 but it is not possible to take Module 2.


As a postgraduate qualification, applicants can expect the workload on the course to be very demanding. In addition to attending the course on a weekly basis, we estimate that participants need to spend at least two evenings a week and one full day at the weekend doing coursework.

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.

EC London Delta Course Trainers

All course trainers are experienced ELT professionals with extensive experience of all the components of the Delta course. They are approved by Cambridge Assessment English.

2019 Course Dates and Tuition Fees for each Module

The course fee is £3050. This includes materials used during the sessions and access to a Delta library.

In addition to the tuition fees there is an examination fee of £345.50 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 £2395.50 is payable by 23 November 2019.

Further Information

If you require further information email a member of the Delta team: