What does Module 1 involve?
Module One of the Delta scheme is entitled The Background to Teaching and Learning, and it provides an in-depth look at teaching and testing the language systems
(grammar, lexis, phonology, discourse) and skills (reading writing, listening speaking). It is assessed by means of a written examination consisting of two 90 minute papers, and held in the morning of the first Wednesday in June and December
. You can find full details of the syllabus, exam requirements, etc. on the Cambridge English website
How long does it take?
Like all the Delta modules, Module One is estimated to require 200 hours of study time
. Remember, however, that this can only be an estimate as it depends on factors such as how fast you read, how wide your previous experience of EFL has been, and so on. Our course is fully flexible and can be adapted to your needs and other commitments
. Once you have enrolled you will have access to all the course materials for a period of two years. It is up to you to decide how quickly you wish to complete.
When enrolling and deciding which exam session you want to aim for, you should be realistic about how much time you have to spend studying each week. For example, if you start in January and want to take the exam in June, you would need to devote at least 10-12 hours a week to studying. If you aimed at the following December, it would be 4-6. We find that most people choose to do the course over 8-12 months
, though we have had successful candidates who have completed in four, and others who have taken longer.
How is the course organised?
We offer the course in two formats:
The course consists of ten units, each divided into four sections, which fully cover the course syllabus and give extensive exam practice
. Each unit contains video and/or presentation (with audio) input, guided reading activities and tasks. The tasks are designed to:
- check that you have understood the input;
- check that you can apply the input to your teaching; and
- give exam practice.
In addition, you will take part in on-line seminars
(fifteen in all, restricted to six people to ensure full participation
, and arranged at times requested by participants), participate in interactive forums, and have as much tutor contact as you wish.
In all the units there are tasks to send us for evaluation, and we are available for consultation via e-mail, forums, and Skype if ever you have a problem.
This consists of the on-line course described above, plus 3 weekend face-to-face seminars
(Saturday/Sunday – 6 hours per day).
A sample calendar for this course is as follows:
June: Unit 1
July: Unit 2
August to Mid-September: Unit 3
30 September - 1 October: first seminar
Mid-September to Mid-October: Unit 4
Mid-October to Mid-November: Unit 5
Mid-November to December: Unit 6
January: Unit 7
February: Unit 8
10 - 11 February: second seminar
March: Unit 9
April: Unit 10
May to early-June: Revision/Exam Preparation
12 - 13 May: third seminar
Wednesday June 6th: Exam
- 100% On-line: Paid in one instalment on enrolment - €732*
- Blended: Paid in one instalment on enrolment - €1098*
- Seminars only**: Paid in one instalment on enrolment - €488 or €183 per seminar.
Payment is also possible in two instalments
(100% online course) or three
(blended course). Please ask for details
* Prices include VAT and bank transfer charges. However, please note that the course fee does not include the exam entry fee. The fee differs slightly from centre to centre and from year to year, but in 2016 the fee was around €200
** Seminars are open to people not doing the full course with us. They are intended to help people who are self-preparing or have done an intensive course at another centre and feel they need extra preparation.