DELTA Course

Are you an aspiring English teacher? Do you know that such a career can allow you to travel to plenty of beautiful countries and get very high salaries, as well as meeting people of many different and interesting cultures.

But can just anyone experience such great perks? Do all English teachers travel the world and become rich? For that to be your reality, you need a few accredited qualifications.

So, what kind of qualification will help you get there?

That’s simple! You need to take DELTA!

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What's DELTA?

Let’s start off simple, what exactly is DELTA? DELTA is a mixture between practical and theoretical practices. It’s specifically for English teachers that have at least one year of work experience. 

With DELTA, you’ll be taught how to prepare for a more professional English teaching career, furthermore allowing you to have a satisfying and enjoyable time in the classroom. DELTA will teach you all the possible techniques that will surely help you improve your English teaching methods.

DELTA stands for: Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults. It’s accredited all around the world from Cambridge Assessment English, so you’ll definitely be learning from one of the best sources out there.

It’ll also make you seem trustworthy for any possible future employers. This is because Cambridge Assessment English is known everywhere in the world. So, your qualifications will let the employers know what kind of training you have gone through in order to be confident with your teaching ability.

So, Who Is DELTA for?

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What are DELTA Requirements?

You might be in the demographic for a DELTA English teaching course. But do you have the requirements needed? Or do you need to do something more before applying for a DELTA course?

In order to be able to apply for DELTA you need to:

- Be at least twenty-one years old.

- Having a good understanding of the English language.

- Have at least one year of professional teaching experience.

- Have a previous English teaching certificate. For example: a CELTA certificate.

But at the end of the day, you’re the one that can truly make sure you’re ready for DELTA. Before applying for the course, consider whether you’re ready or not, although you might pass all the requirements. 

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How Does DELTA Work?

DELTA is offered to you in THREE MODULES

You don’t have to take them all and you also don’t have to take them in order. So long as you perfect your English teaching experience. Since DELTA is internationally recognized it’ll allow you to teach English in any country you’d like as well as giving you the chance to have higher and more senior English teaching positions.

How Do You Take DELTA?

There are two main ways to start off with DELTA, Each method has its benefits so think carefully before you choose. The Two optiond are:

Online DELTA Course

Face to face Course

You can also take DELTA as full-time or part-time. This usually depends on whether or not you have other engagements in your life. 

Full Time Course

Part Time Course

You can also take DELTA as full-time or part-time. This usually depends on whether or not you have other engagements in your life. For instance: having to support and take care of family members, having a job that you need to spare at least 6-8 hours to daily or even being a student and unable to have enough free time for the full-time option.

If that’s the case for you, the part-time option would be suitable as it allows you some leisure time that you can take care of other responsibilities in.

If that’s not the case for you, maybe the full-time option is perfect for you! It would take a little more effort but it’ll also save you more time in the future. This can be helpful if you want to improve and continue on with your career right away.

What Does DELTA Consist of?

DELTA is divided into three sections: module one, module two and module three. You can prepare for any of the three modules. And you also don’t have to take them in order. All the three modules focus primarily on theory and practice.

In the next few paragraphs, we’ll briefly take a look at what each module offers and what you will come out knowing from each one.

This module takes the form of an exam, with two 90-minute papers. It can be taken at the beginning of June or December. You don’t have to take a course to prepare, but it is recommended.
Focus on background to teaching and learning ESOL in a range of contexts.

  1. Theoretical perspectives of language acquisition and language teaching.
  2. Different approaches and methodologies including current developments.
  3. Language systems and learners -linguistic problems.
  4. Language skills and learners- problems.
  5. Knowledge of resources, materials and reference sources for language learning.

How will you be assessed for module one? You’ll take a written examination to know whether you passed or not. The Delta module one examination consists of two papers and lasts for 3 hours and 30 minutes including 30-minute break in between. Paper 1 comprises five tasks while Paper 2 comprises three tasks and they are all compulsory.

The task types in Paper 1 include labelling, short answer and longer written responses, and Paper 2 tasks require only longer written responses. There are a total of 200 marks available for Module One as a whole, 100 marks for each paper.



This module is course-based and includes a Professional Development Assignment, four Language systems/skills assignments (including essay and observed lessons) and attendance of input sessions.

  1. The language learner and the language learning context.
  2. Preparation for teaching adult learners of English.
  3. Evaluating, selecting and using resources and materials for teaching purposes.
  4. Managing and supporting learning.
  5. Evaluation of lesson preparation and teaching.
  6. Observation / Evaluation of other teachers‘ lessons.
  7. Professionalism and opportunities for professional development.

How will you be assessed for module Two: You’ll be evaluated by giving a portfolio of coursework, including lesson observations. In Module 2, you will need to complete five assignments:

  1. a two-part Professional Development Assignment
  2. two Language Systems Assignments
  3. two Language Skills Assignments


This takes the form of an extended written assignment investigating a specialism within English language teaching and planning a course for a specific student or group of students.

Focus on broadening the candidate’s knowledge of a chosen specialism and developing their understanding of syllabus design, testing and assessment.

  1. Research into specialist areas.
  2. Syllabus design: principles, influences on, methodological effects of, and major syllabus types as applied to the specific learning context.
  3. Designing syllabus and teaching programmes to meet the needs of learners in the specific context of their selected specialism.
  4. Course design and development in the specific context of their selected specialism.
  5. The principles and practice of testing and assessment and application to the candidate’s specialist area.
  6. Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness and quality of courses and programmes of study.

How will you be assessed for module three? Whether you choose the first or the second option, you’ll be assessed the same way. The way you’ll be assessed is by providing a written assignment.


How to Prepare for DELTA?

Now that you’ve decided that DELTA is for you, you might be wondering: ‘how do I make sure I’m well prepared for DELTA?


Reading and studying by using reference books

Pay Attention

To how other teachers lead the studenys in classroom.


What different kinds of methods other teachers use.

Constructive Criticism

Ask others what they think of your teaching methods.

Why DELTA with IH Cairo?

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Frequently Asked Questions

DELTA (Diploma in Teaching English to speakers of other languages) is an English teaching course provided by Cambridge Assessment English. This course is advanced to fit teachers with at least one year of teaching experience.

It essentially focuses on developing professional teaching practice through three modules.

Each module concentrates on a specific area of the teaching process and has different ways of assessment.

The first module mainly focuses on extending the teachers’ understanding of the language and the teaching process. It provides the candidates with deep knowledge of the teaching methods and strategies.

The second module of the DELTA course aims to enhance the practical teaching skills and tactics of the participants as its main focal point is developing professional practice.

The third module of this course has two options. The first helps you extend the teaching practice and continue in a specific specialism, for example, Business English, Academic English, teaching in a non-English speaking environment, teaching in an English speaking environment, and various other specialisms.

The other option of module three aims for situation analysis, which can be in the following specialisms: Academic Management, Human Resource (HR) Management, Customer Service, and Marketing.

Delta will give you an enhanced understanding of learning and teaching and will therefore improve your job satisfaction as well as your learners’ progress.  Delta is an advanced teaching diploma and as such qualifies you for senior jobs in the industry like senior teacher, department coordinator, academic manager, assistant director of studies and director of studies.  It is also the foundation to becoming qualified as a CELTA trainer.  Delta opens doors in a variety of related fields like ELT publishing, materials development and exams.

The CELTA is a practical teacher education program designed for teachers with little or no formal in-class training. Candidates on the CELTA may or may not have had previous teaching experience.   The Delta is an advanced teaching qualification which qualifies you, not only to teach, but also to gain higher level jobs as well as explore areas like curriculum design, materials development, publishing etc. It still has a strong practical component (which makes it preferable over an MA TESOL for some language teaching institutions) but the course covers theories of teaching and learning in much more depth than the CELTA.  Delta is a post-graduate level qualification, equivalent to a Masters.

The Delta builds on the practical foundation that is provided on the CELTA course. Without the CELTA (and some teaching experience), candidates wouldn’t have the background knowledge, understanding of teaching techniques or evaluative tools to start the course. In addition, some schools require teachers to have both the CELTA and Delta. Without the CELTA, schools may question whether a teacher has basic teaching techniques.

We do, on a case by case basis, assess individual qualifications and experience to determine whether they are CELTA equivalent.

No. The course used to be specifically for Teaching General English to Adults, but can now incorporate teaching English to groups with different needs, including Younger Learners, Business English and Academic English. Note that the Teaching Practice on the course during Module Two is based around Teaching General English to Adults (16 years old and above).

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Each Module is given a separate grade and a separate certificate.  The grades available for each module are:

Delta Module 1: •    Pass •    Pass with merit •    Pass with distinction •     Fail.

Delta Module 2: •    Pass •    Pass with merit •    Pass with distinction •     Referred/Fail

Delta Module 3: •    Pass •    Pass with merit •    Pass with distinction •     Referred/Fail

For each module that you pass, you will get a certificate from Cambridge.   Once you pass all three modules you can get a combined Delta certificate with details of each module grade in one.

If you are referred for Module 2 or 3, you can be assessed again once within twelve months of the initial submission date without doing the full course again. There is an additional fee for this. If you are not successful the second time, you would be awarded a fail grade.

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