What does Module One 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. Many of our candidates have suggested that it takes longer. Our courses are 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 however 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.
What's in the course?
We offer the course in two formats :
a) 100% on-line : 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 Powerpoint (with audio) input, guided reading activities and tasks. The tasks are designed to : a) check that you have understood the input; b) check that you can apply the input to your teaching; and c) 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.
b) Blended : We run the course in a blended format (the online course plus face to face seminars with two partners : The British Council Milan and The London School Thiene.
- The blended course at the British Council Milan : In addition to the on-line course described above, you will also participate in fortnightly face-to-face seminars, held at the British Council, Milan on Wednesdays during term time (September to May) from 10-12. These seminars are complementary to the course units. This blended course is on-going (apart from the summer break) and you can join in at any time and continue attending for up to two years. Attending the Blended Course also gives you access to the methodology library at the British Council.
- The blended course at the London School Thiene (VI) : This consists consisting of the on-line course described above, plus The weekend seminars are organised to fit in with the course schedule - ie to consolidate what you've done so far and to prepare you for the future units and the exam. However, they can also be attended by anyone preparing for Delta Module One, whether studying with us, at another centre, or preparing privately. See here for details. NB : Italian State School teachers following our Thiene courses can use the Carta del Docente in payment
Course Dates and Enrolment
You can enrol for Module One at any time and have up to two years access to the course materials from the date of enrolment, allowing you to work at your own pace. Most of our candidates complete within an academic year, and some more quickly. However, the two year period means that, if you have unexpected problems after starting, you can take a break from study and then pick up again where you left off.
a) 100% On-line : Paid in one instalment on enrolment - €732*
b) Blended Course Milan : Paid in one instalment on enrolment - €1098*
c) Blended Course Thiene : See here
d) Weekend seminars : €183* per seminar or €488* for all three.
Payment is also possible in two instalments (100% online course) or three (blended course Milan). 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, which is not paid to us but directly to the centre where you choose to sit the exam (see here for the possibilities). The fee differs slightly from centre to centre and from year to year but in 2017 at the British Council Milan was €200.
* If you are an Italian state school teacher of English, you can use your Carta del Docente to pay for any of the courses run through the London School Thiene - contact us for details.
And there's more...
If you decide to self prepare for the course, or have taken a course a while back at another centre, you may feel the need for some intensive work just before the exam. We offer two possibilities :
- six-weeks' pre-exam access to our course website, and the chance to access all the input for the course, take part in exam preparation seminars, submit exam practice tasks for evaluation, contact a tutor for answers to any queries you may have, and much more. See here for details.
- participation on our Intensive Weekend Exam Preparation seminars. See here to find out more.