The Cambridge DELTA

DELTA is an advanced blend of theory and practice that provides professional development for experienced teachers. It gives you skills and techniques that will help you throughout your career.

DELTA is currently accredited in the UK at Level 7 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and is a 60-credit qualification. Level 7 equates to Master’s level in terms of content.

You can take all three DELTA Modules at the same time or you can work on each Module separately.

DELTA Module by Module

If you would like to do the DELTA module by module, check the following pages for information on each of the Modules of your choice:

DELTA All Modules

If you would like to take all of the DELTA modules with us, please check the information below:

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This course is intended for:

  • experienced practising teachers who wish to gain greater insight into their knowledge of methodology, planning, and language analysis and take their teaching to the next level
  • teachers who wish to pursue a Director of Studies or Senior teacher or teacher training career

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • at least 2 years of experience in English language teaching
  • normally, a first degree in English or a related discipline
  • CELTA or equivalent
  • Age 22+

Our integrated course comprises over 220 contact hours.

Our next integrated DELTA courses will run on the following dates:

  • 6 February - 7 December 2023 (part-time, online)
  • 6 March 2023 - 7 December 2023 (part-time, blended)
    residential Module 2 component: 6 March – 19 May 2023
  • 3 July 2023 - 7 December 2023 (full-time, blended)
    residential Module 2 component: 3 July – 25 August 2023
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Module One  aims to prepare participants for the DELTA Module One examination and is divided into 3 parts:

  • Part 1 (18 contact hours) focuses on the background to teaching and learning English: theories of first and second language acquisition, historical and current approaches to ELT, learner language and error analysis.
  • Part 2 (45 contact hours) focuses on language analysis (lexis, grammar, phonology, discourse), the language skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening), assessment procedures, teaching resources and materials, analysis and evaluation of learner language.
  • Part 3 (27 contact hours) focuses on the DELTA Module One examination: exam structure, exam taking strategies and practice exam tasks.

Each week, participants take part in live online sessions exploring issues in these areas and complete a background reading assignment and a series of tasks in their own time.

The course covers all of the topics in the DELTA Module One syllabus, which can be found here.

Module Two aims to develop your awareness of and expertise in the principles of English language teaching as well as your teaching practice in a variety of contexts. Assessment is based on your performance in coursework (written assignments and teaching practices), which is assessed internally and externally. Successful completion of the course leads to the internationally recognised Cambridge DELTA Module Two Certificate.

The course covers all of the topics in the DELTA Module Two syllabus, which can be found here.

Module Three aims to guide and support participants working on their DELTA Module Three (Option 1: ELT specialisms) assignment. Input on needs analysis, assessment, syllabus design and course design is offered in the first 4 input sessions, following which each participant focuses on their own specialism and write their assignment. Detailed feedback on each draft of each section of the assignment will be given on a one-to-one basis.

The course covers the syllabus of Cambridge DELTA Module Three. The specialisms we support are:

  • Business English
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Teaching Examination Classes
  • Teaching One-to-One
  • Teaching monolingual classes
  • Teaching multilingual classes
  • Teaching in an English-speaking environment
  • Teaching in a non-English-speaking environment
  • Teaching learners online/through distance/blended learning
  • Language development for teachers
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Module One is assessed by written examination. The DELTA Module One examination can be taken in early June or early December every year. If you are based in or near Athens, you can sit for the exam at ACE TEFL. If you are not in Athens, please contact an examination centre near you at least two months before the examination date. Please visit this page to find a centre in your area.

Module Two is assessed continuously. This means that your final assessment is based on the assignments that you complete during the course and there is no final examination. The assignments are as follows:

  • a professional development assignment, which focuses on reflection and evaluation of your own lessons and also includes an experimental practice component to encourage you to try out new techniques and ideas
  • four language systems and skills assignments, each of which comprises an essay, a lesson plan, an observed lesson and a post-lesson self-evaluation; three of these assignments will be assessed by your tutors and one will be assessed by an external assessor.

The practical teaching assessment component (observed lessons) can be completed either with classes of students at ACE TEFL or with your own classes, face to face or online.

Module Three is assessed externally by Cambridge based on an extended assignment that you submit in June or December.  Your assignment will need to be submitted via ACE TEFL.

The fee for this course is € 2,200. It is possible to pay in up to three instalments (intensive courses) or six instalments (part-time courses).

Cambridge assessment fees are not included; you can pay the assessment fee a month before you final assessment for each Module. Currently, the assessment fees are:

  • Module 1: € 140
  • Module 2: € 165
  • Module 3: € 100

You can pay your fees via bank trasfer, PayPal or with your credit/debit card. Instalment payment plans are also available.

Early Bird Discount: A  €100 discount is available if you pay in full two months  before the course starts.

To apply for this course, you need to:

  • complete an application form
  • complete a pre-interview task
  • attend an interview with one of the course tutors.

If you’ve made up your mind and wish to apply for this course, you need to:

Click below to download the application form; once you have completed it, please email it to hello@acetefl.com and we will get back to you the following day to make arrangements for the pre-interview task and interview.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can. Each Module is separately assessed and certificated and you don't need to have completed one module before you start another one. So you can take as many or as few DELTA Modules you like in any order you like. Once you have completed all three, you can get the overall DELTA diploma in addition to the Module certificates you already have.

That depends on your background and previous experience. If you have had extensive classroom teaching experience, we recommend that your start with Module Two, which will give you the opportunity to take advantage of your experience while deepening your knowledge of language and methodology, so that you can then build on that knowledge when preparing for Module One. If, on the other hand, you have a strong academic background but more limited classroom experience (for example, just a couple of years), then Module One may be a better starting point.

Module Three is a course design assignment based on an ELT specialism, so we strongly suggest that you attempt it last.

Yes, you can. Our Module One and Module Two courses are organised in such a way that they complement each other when taken simultaneously, so you can take both of them at the same time. Module Three is an individualised, one-to-one course that you can begin at any time during your DELTA studies.

Of course, you can also take each Module separately and complete the DELTA at your convenience. Once you have successfully completed all three Modules, regardless of how long this has taken, you will be awarded the Cambridge DELTA Diploma.

Each Module is assessed independently:

  • Module One is assessed by written examination. The exam consists of two papers and must be taken at a Cambridge approved centre (such as ACE TEFL) on either the first Wednesday of June or the first Wednesday of December.
  • Your Module Two assessment is based on your performance in the teaching practice and assignments during the course. You are assessed both internally (i.e. by your tutors) and externally (i.e. by an external assessor) and you must pass both the internal and the external assessment in order to be awarded the Module Two certificate.
  • The Module Three assessment is based on an extended assignment, which is submitted to and assessed by Cambridge in early June or early December.

You do not have to attend an approved DELTA course for Modules One and Three, so you could study on your own and then sit the Module One exam or complete the Module Three assignment and submit it as an external candidate through an authorised centre.

However, you can only get Module Two by attending an approved course at a Cambridge authorised centre. Module Two is assessed continuously during the course, so you cannot study for it independently.

Yes, you can. On an online DELTA Module Two course, your teaching practice can be done with an online class or with an in-person class if the lesson is live-streamed to the tutor/assessor.

More information

If you aren’t sure what type of course is most suitable for you or you’d like to discuss your options with one of our tutors, please fill in the form below or email us to schedule an online meeting or call us on +30 2112672499. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.