London DELTA Course Overview

Study the Delta with EC London Online

EC London is pleased to introduce a new online course which prepares applicants for all three modules of the Delta (the Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults). This is a unique opportunity to follow a Delta preparation course which contains taught group sessions online. We moved our Modules One and Three courses to teaching online in March this year. The success of this development has been evidenced in the 100% pass rate which our candidates have achieved in both modules. With the recent changes announced by Cambridge English, we are pleased to be able to offer a taught online Delta Module Two course to complete the suite of Delta modules which we can now offer.

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.

About our Online Delta Course

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 sessions will mostly be taught online on Microsoft Teams but there will also be some Face to Face sessions if the circumstances allow for this. These will be held at EC London but will also be live-streamed so that candidates who are outside London or who are unable to attend, will be able to do so remotely.

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Course Content

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. Learn more below:

  • Assessment Modules: 1, 2 & 3

    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 1

    Module 1 comprises two written examinations of 1.5 hours each, to be held on Wednesday 02 June 2021. 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. In response to the recent update from Cambridge English Assessment, lessons will be observed in three different ways: observation of live teaching by a tutor in the classroom; live-streamed observation of teaching by a tutor who will observe the lesson online; observation of online teaching by a tutor online.

    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 5-8 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 between 25-29 January, 15-19 February, 8-12 March
    ✓ Research and teach one externally assessed teaching assignment, which contains a background assignment of 2000-2500 words. This takes place between 29 March and 1 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 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 Monday 7 June 2021.

  • Input Sessions

    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

2021 Course Dates and Tuition Fees

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

Classes are held online on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 1800-2030.

In addition, there are Saturday sessions (1000-1700) on the following dates:
Module One: 24 April and 8 May.
Module Two: 2 January, 9 January, 16 January, 30 January, 20 February, 13 March, 24 April and 8 May.
Module Three: 13 March.

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 2 Jan to 7 June, 2021 (23 weeks) £3070.00
Module One 4 March to 2 June, 2021 (14 weeks) £600.00
Module Two 2 Jan to 2 April, 2021 (14 weeks) £2035.00
Module Three 13 March to 6 June, 2021 (12 weeks) £435.00

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

Module One £121.00
Module Two £151.00
Module Three £85.00

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 18 December 2020.

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 can be taught F2F or online. Classes must have a minimum of five learners.

  • 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

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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