Toronto DELTA Course

A DELTA course in Toronto requires significant time and effort. Make the most of this investment by studying with us.

Delta at EC 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 written exam for Module One, held in June or December, comprises two papers of 1.5 hours each. You can take the exam here or another approved exam centre.

The Module Two course is a part-time course, conducted face-to-face over 17 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (5:15 pm-8:30 pm and includes six Saturdays, 10 am-3 pm).

The Module Three course is a part-time mini-course, conducted face-to-face over two Saturdays, March 23rd and 30th (10 am-3 pm) with follow up draft and consultation done via email.

The Module One course is part-time, conducted face-to-face over three weeks (May 13 to June 1, 2019).  The classes are held on Mondays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 5:15pm- 8:30 pm and two Saturdays, 10 am-3 pm with exam on June 5, 2019.

Application for Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA)

Applicants must submit the on-line Application Form and the Pre-interview Task. Those applicants who successfully complete the pre-interview task will be contacted for a personal interview. Acceptance on to the course is determined following the interview.

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Toronto DELTA Full Course Content

Our course consists of 3 integrated modules:

1. Input Sessions covering the six syllabus areas and exam preparation

Covers the six syllabus areas and exam preparation:

  • Understanding, knowledge and language awareness.
  • 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.

2. Practical Teaching Assignments and Coursework

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

3. Extended Written Assignment and Case Study

There will also be an extended written assignment involving a case-study of 4000 - 4500 words. There is a mini-course to prepare candidates and support provided via correspondence.

Download Delta Modules Syllabus

Delta Course Dates and Notes Tuition Fees (CAD)

Module Two

Module Three

Module One

All 3 Modules

January 8 – May 3 (in-person, part-time)**
6 Saturdays included

March 23 and 30 (in-person, part-time)^
until June 6 (distance)

May 13 – June 1 (in-person, part-time) and 2 Saturdays included***
+ exam June 5

January 8 – June 6, 2019





*(CAD = Canadian Dollars) Fees include taxes, as well as the entry fees for each Module. Discounted pricing on taking all 3 Modules in 2019. In the event of a referral to retake the examination, or the externally assessed teaching component, candidates are responsible for the required additional fees.

**Classes run Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:15 pm-8:30 pm with Saturdays, 10 am-3 pm.

***Classes run Mondays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 5:15 pm-8:30 pm and two Saturdays, 10 am-3 pm.

^ Classes run on two Saturdays, 10 am-3 pm (in-person) with subsequent online support.



To qualify for the Diploma,you must successfully complete and pass the course work, including practical components. You must also pass a written examination.

Class Size

Class size is limited to a maximum of 8 candidates for Modules Two/Three, and 12 candidates for Module One. There will be two trainers on each DELTA module.

EC Toronto DELTA Course Trainers

All course trainers have undergone extensive preparation in order to qualify as  Delta tutors and are approved by Cambridge ESOL.

Suggested Pre-interview Reading

These are some suggested titles for reading prior to the DELTA Interview:

  • Principles of Language Learning and Teaching by H. Douglas Brown (Prentice Hall)
  • Principles in Language Teaching by Diane Larsen-Freeman (Oxford University Press)
  • Grammar for English Teachers by Martin Parrott (Cambridge University Press) by Scott Thornbury (Macmillan)
  • Uncovering Grammar by Scott Thornbury (Macmillan)
  • 1. How does the Delta compare to the CELTA?

    The CELTA is a pre-service teacher training program designed for candidates with little or no formal training and to prepare them to start their career in teaching ESL to adult learners. Candidates on the CELTA may or may not have had previous teaching experience. The Delta is an advanced in-service training course, and provides greater depth into theory that underpins more advanced practice of teaching.

  • 2. How much teaching experience should I have before applying for the Delta?

    Cambridge recommends that applicants should have 2 years of post-CELTA teaching experience, and it should ideally encompass as wide a range of ELT contexts as possible, e.g. all levels, monolingual and multilingual classes, business and exam preparation classes, etc.

  • 3. Can I apply to do the Delta without having done the CELTA?

    The Delta builds on the practical foundation that is provided on the CELTA course. However, with a TESL certificate equivalent to TESL Canada Level 1, with a minimum of 120 contact hours, and 10 hours of teaching practice, candidates may have enough relevant background knowledge and skills to be considered for the Delta.

  • 4. Must I have taken my CELTA at EC Toronto?

    No. A CELTA from any accredited University of Cambridge ESOL center is suitable.

  • 5. Is the DELTA designed for people who want to teach adult ESL learners only?

    No. The course incorporates teaching ESL in a variety of contexts, such as Younger Learners, Business English and Academic English. However, it is important to note that the Teaching Practice component on the course is based around teaching English to adults.

  • 6. Will having completed the Delta have any credit transfer to an MA course?

    Maybe. Many universities which run MA (or M.Ed.) courses in TESOL or Applied Linguistics accept the Delta as equivalent to between ¼ and 1/3 of the total course modules.

  • 7. Can I take only one of the modules?

    Yes, you can choose to do one, two or all three of the Delta modules with us. We offer a Module One exam preparation course, a Module Two part-time course, and a Module Three part-time/mini-course with draft and email support.

  • 8. What kind of jobs can I expect to be qualified for after completing the Delta?

    You can get more information on our Delta careers page.

  • 9. What is the success rate for passing the Delta?

    The pass rate for the examination (Module 1) is approximately 70% in 2011 worldwide.

  • 10. What would happen if I failed the exam?

    The exam is Module 1 of the qualification, and can be retaken at your own time, either at the same or a different centre.

  • 11. What would happen if I failed one of my lessons?

    It is permissible to fail an internally assessed lesson, as long as the Module (2) as a whole satisfies criteria for a pass. In case you fail the externally assessed lesson, it is possible to retake it within 12 months at the original centre.

  • 12. If I don't complete the course after I have started, can I get a refund?

    You may be eligible for a partial refund if you decide to withdraw after the course has started. Please refer to the details of our refund policy here.

As you gain experience as a Delta-qualified teacher, you might think about moving into teacher support, in the role of senior teacher. You could develop in-service training for teachers in your school via talks and professional development sessions. Conducting observation and giving feedback is also useful for many teachers for professional development purposes.

Typically Delta qualified teachers can expect to have access to job postings for more senior positions such as senior teacher, academic coordinator and director of studies. A good source to look for Delta-qualified jobs specifically would be

You could also explore giving seminars and webinars, as well as writing blogs and materials. Course book and curriculum development are also interesting areas to explore. You can get an idea of how some of these areas might look here.

Is Delta recognised when I do an MA?

Many universities, especially in the UK and Australia, will give credits for MA candidates in applied linguistics or TESOL for their Delta qualification. You can see a list of some of those institutions here.

Full refunds

25. (1) EC shall refund all of the fees paid by a student under a contract for the provision of a vocational program in the following circumstances:

  1. The contract is rescinded by a person within one business day of receiving a copy of the contract.
  2. EC discontinues the Delta in-service program before the student completes the program, subject to subsection (2).
  3. EC expels the student from the college in a manner or for reasons that are contrary to the school’s expulsion policy.
  4. EC employs an instructor who is not qualified to teach all or part of the program under University of Cambridge ESOL guidelines.

(2) A full refund is not payable in the circumstances described in paragraph 2 of subsection (1) if the discontinuance of the Delta program coincides with the EC ceasing to operate.

(3) A refund is not payable under paragraphs 1 to 4 of subsection (1) unless the student gives EC a written demand for the refund.

(4) A refund under subsection (1) is payable by the EC within 30 days of the day the student delivers to the school the written demand for the refund.

Partial refund where student does not commence program

26. (1) If a student is admitted to EC Delta program, pays fees to the school in respect of the program and subsequently does not commence the program, the school shall refund part of the fees paid by the student in the following circumstances:

  1. The student gives the college notice that he or she is withdrawing from the program ten business days or fewer before the day the selected Delta program commences.
  2. In the case of a student who is admitted to a Delta program at EC on the condition that the student meet specified admission requirements before the day the program commences, the student fails to meet the requirements before that day.
  3. The student does not attend the program during the first 5 business days that follow the day the program commenced and the school chooses to give written notice to the student that it is cancelling the contract.

(2) The amount of a refund under subsection (1) shall be an amount that is equal to the full amount paid by the student for the Delta program, less an amount equal to 10 per cent of the full amount of the fee.

 (3)  A refund under subsection (1) is payable,

  1. in the case of a refund under paragraph 1 of subsection (1), within 30 days of the day the student gives notice of withdrawing from the program;
  2. in the case of a refund under paragraph 2 of subsection (1), within 30 days of the day the Delta program commences; and
  3. in the case of a refund under paragraph 3 of subsection (1), within 45 days of the day the Delta program commences.

Partial refunds: withdrawals and expulsions after program commenced

27. (1) EC shall give a student who commences a Delta program a refund of part of the fees paid in respect of the program if, at a time during the program determined under subsection (3),

  1. the student withdraws from the program after the program has commenced; or
  2. the student is expelled from the program in circumstances where the expulsion is permitted under EC's expulsion policy.

(2) EC shall pay a partial refund under this section only if the withdrawal or expulsion from the Delta program occurs at a time during the program determined in accordance with the following rule:

  1. the withdrawal or expulsion occurs during the first two weeks of the program.

(3) If the student withdraws or is expelled from the course within the first two-week period as referred to in subsection (2), the amount of the refund that the private career college shall pay the student shall be equal to the full amount of the fees paid in respect of the program less,

  1. an amount that is equal to 10 per cent of the full amount of the fees in respect of the program; and
  2. the portion of the fees in respect of the portion of the period that had elapsed at the time of the withdrawal or expulsion.

(4) If the student withdraws or is expelled from the program during the period beyond the initial two weeks referred to in subsection (2), EC is not required to pay the student any refund in respect of that period. 

Treatment of books and equipment

28. In calculating a refund under sections 25 to 27, EC may retain the retail cost of books or equipment that the school supplied to the student if the student,

  1. (a) fails to return the books or equipment to EC within 5 days of the student’s withdrawal or expulsion from the program, or
  2. (b) returns the books or equipment to EC within the 5-day period referred to clause (a), but fails to return it unopened or in the same state it was in when supplied. 

Refund for international students

29. A notice to EC that is provided by or on behalf of an international student or of a prospective international student and that states that the student has not been issued a temporary resident visa as a member of the student class under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) is deemed to be,

  1. notice of a rescission of the contract for the purposes of the Act if the notice is given within two days of receiving a copy of the contract; and
  2. notice that the student is withdrawing from the program for the purposes of paragraph 1 of subsection 26 (1)


30. Any refund of fees that EC is required to pay under this contract shall be paid in Canadian or U.S. dollars.

EC's Commitment to Equal Treatment

Cambridge English Language Teaching and  Delta  are based on the principle of open and equal opportunity for all, irrespective of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, creed, colour, race, ethnic origin, age or disability.

If any of our students feels an issue of inequality is present, they are to raise the issue with any member of the Delta training staff or Centre Administrator.  Outlined below are measures to ensure the equality and safety of those taking part in any program at EC.

Acts of Misconduct in Contradiction to Equal Treatment and Safety


The consequences for any acts of misconduct are as follows:

  1. Formal written reprimand – if a student receives three (3) said reprimands, this is cause for expulsion.
  2. In some incidences, when the act of misconduct is severe, dismissal from the college may follow the first occurrence.
  3. Any acts of misconduct that fall under the Criminal Codes will be duly reported to the local authorities.


  • Unprofessional, unethical or immoral behaviour
  • Possession / use of illicit drugs/alcohol during class/clinical lab time
  • Conduct that may cause physical/emotional harm to student(s) or staff
  • Use of profanity, racial discrimination or gender harassment
  • Failure to follow outlined safety guidelines
  • In the event that a student is expelled from the school due to any of the reasons outlined above, the student will be notified in writing through registered mail. The letter will outline the effective date of and reasons for the expulsion. It is the student’s sole responsibility to ensure the school has the correct contact and mailing information for the student.

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