Cambridge Delta

Cambridge Delta is now offered in three modules:

  • Module 1 focuses on the background to teaching and learning
  • Module 2 focuses on developing classroom practice
  • Module 3 focuses on a specialist option

We run our Delta course part-time over an 18-month period. This means teachers wishing to follow the course will need to live and work in Auckland for the duration. It is possible for teachers to join the course for individual modules. However, acceptance on an individual module depends on prior learning and/or experience.

We do not offer Delta courses continuously. On the conclusion of one course, we assess demand for another. We are only able to offer Delta when there is sufficient interest to make the course viable. If you are interested in Delta, please send us an email message.


Prospective candidates should have:

  • Cambridge CELTA (previously RSA CTEFLA) or equivalent (a pre-service English language teaching qualification that includes an observed and assessed practicum).
  • a minimum of 2 years full-time English language teaching experience to adult learners. It is essential that this experience is with learners at a wide variety of levels.
  • a standard of education which would allow entry to Higher Education in their country
  • a competence in both written and spoken English that allows them to follow the course and complete all assessed elements successfully.

Candidates are selected on the basis of their overall suitability for the course and the quality of their application. Acceptance on to the Delta will be on a module-by-module basis. Acceptance on to one module does not automatically mean candidates will continue to the next module if tutors have not seen evidence of their readiness to do so.

Course Content

Module 1
Focusthe theories behind how people learn languages and how they are taught

Units of learning:

  1. Theoretical perspectives on language acquisition and language learning
  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
  6. Key concepts and terminology related to assessment

Course work and assessment: 
In order to successfully complete module 1, candidates need to:

  • attend input seminars
  • do background reading and homework tasks
  • pass a written examination comprising 2 90-minute papers.

Module 1: Times and attendance
Tuesday 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 4.30pm – 6.00pm
And 3 Saturday morning sessions 9.00am – midday
Exam date: June or December

Module 2
Focus: the theory and practice of teaching and contextual factors that affect the way it works.

Units of learning:

  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

Course work and assessment: 
In order to successfully complete module 2, candidates will need to:

  • attend input seminars
  • do background reading
  • observe colleagues and peers
  • do 2 non-assessed tutor-observed lessons
  • do 2 assessed languages systems assignments (essay and tutor-observed lesson)
  • do 2 assessed language skills assignments (essay and tutor-observed lesson)
  • write a reflection and action assignment (2,000 – 2,500 words)
  • write an experimental practice assignment (2,000 – 2,500 words).

Tutor-observed lessons: the language systems and language skills assignment lesson observations will normally be conducted on candidates’ own classes in the institution they are working in.

Observations of colleagues and peers: Observation of peers will be a mix of candidates’ colleagues as well as teachers at Languages International.

Module 2 times, dates and attendance
Tuesday 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Module 3
Focus: programme and assessment design; an English language teaching specialisation

Units of learning:

  1. Research in specialist areas
  2. Syllabus design: principles, influences on, methodologies of and major syllabus types as applied to a specific learning context
  3. Designing syllabus and teaching programmes to meet the needs of learners in the specific context of their specialisation
  4. Course design and development in the specific context of a specialisation
  5. The principles and practice of testing and assessment and application to the candidate’s area

Course work and assessment: 
In order to successfully complete module 3, candidates need to:

  • attend input seminars
  • do background reading and homework tasks
  • write an extended assignment of between 4,000 and 4,500 words.
  • NB A large part of module 3 involves candidates working independently on their assignment

Specialist areas: We can focus on the following specialist areas: English for Academic Purposes (EAP), English for Special Purposes (ESP), Teaching exam classes, Teaching literacy to low level learners.

Module 3 times, dates and attendance for one month only
Tuesday 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Followed by independent study and one-to-one tutorials

For a detailed description of the syllabus content, please go to:

Workload and attendance

While Delta is a part-time course, it still places demands on candidates. Apart from attendance and assessment requirements, candidates will need to read extensively while on the course.

If you have a specific question to ask about Delta, please email us.

Please email us for Delta application materials.