Delta Module One Preparation Course: Questions & Answers

The Delta Module One exam is one of the three modules of the prestigious international Delta teaching qualification. While taking the exam may be the least time-consuming part of the qualification, it can be rather daunting even for experienced teachers of English to go into it without receiving some guidance first. This is why we offer an online Delta Module One preparation course at ILC where experienced tutors will take you through every bit of theory you need for the exam, as well as the structure of the exam and strategies to use. We asked Diana Vaselenko, the Director of Teacher Training at ILC and Cambridge CELTA and Delta trainer, some questions about the course.

1. What is included in the Delta Module One course?
There are no clear guidelines from Cambridge on what a Delta Module One course should include. The course offered at our centre provides teachers who are considering taking the Delta Module One exam with the necessary information about the exam, strategies and background knowledge in some areas of ELT. Our online course includes online input, discussion boards moderated by an experienced Delta Module One trainer, strategies to help teachers deal with all parts of the exam and personalized detailed feedback from the tutor. In addition to everything mentioned above, there are also 2 hours of video consultations with the tutor.

2. Where can this course be taken?
At ILC Authorised Cambridge Assessment Teacher Training Centre (UA800), we run this course twice a year, in September-November and in March-May.

3. Is it necessary to take the exam after the course?
No, it’s not obligatory. Teachers can take the exam at any time they feel ready for it. Given the online nature of the course, it is still up to the teacher to decide how much time they decide to spend preparing for the exam and can therefore decide if they’d like to take it after the course or read up on some areas a bit more in order to do better in the exam.

4. How is the course different from the Delta Module Two course?
This course doesn’t include assessed teaching practice like Delta Module Two or CELTA and is fully online (although if the teacher is in Kyiv and would like to consult with the trainer in person instead of Skype, this can be arranged)

5. What are the advantages of the online course?
It is flexible and you can decide how much time you’d like or can afford to spend studying every week. There is a schedule that defines which task each of the weeks will be dedicated to and some submission deadlines to help teachers manage their time better. However, what is important is that teachers can go back to the tasks and discussions covered before and ask the tutor questions during their consultation hours if anything is unclear.

6. What can teachers learn on this course?
Preparing for the Delta Module One exam can help teachers reflect on and improve their knowledge in different areas of ELT. It will help them become better at evaluating their learners’ writing and speaking, understanding what language a leaner needs in order to perform a certain speaking or writing task, have a better understanding of the value of the tasks which can be found in coursebooks and what the key principles underlining coursebook activities are. It will also help teachers gain more knowledge in such areas as phonology, discourse, genre analysis, assessment and history of ELT and language acquisition which are indispensable for any senior teacher, teacher training and even an academic manager. This is a great exam which tests both the teachers’ knowledge and skills and preparing for it really helps them to stretch themselves and reflect on the processes involved in teaching as well as learning a foreign language.

7. Is it really necessary to take this course or is it possible to prepare for the Delta Module One exam on your own?
It is possible to take the exam without taking the preparation course, however, some people find it easier to organize their time better when they have a fixed schedule to follow and an online community to exchange ideas and experience with. Also, the feedback received from the tutor is personalized and more detailed than the information available in the reports and will help teachers feel more confident during and do better in the exam.