Delta Module One

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Delta Module One

The Cambridge English Language Assessment Delta Module One qualification provides a firm theoretical foundation upon which to base your English language classroom teaching in a variety of contexts.  The Delta Module One course allows you to reflect on your own teaching experience in light of historical and contemporary perspectives in the field of English language teaching.  The interactive and accessible materials challenge your existing beliefs and expand your awareness of language teaching and learning as well as of the language itself.  The Module One course balances the theoretical knowledge you need, while being firmly grounded within practical teaching methodology.  Through studying the material you will be able to reap instant rewards in your day-to-day teaching and set yourself up for fast track career progression.

The Teaching House Blended Delta Module 1 preparation course can be taken entirely online, allowing maximum flexibility and convenience. On the online course you can plan how much or little you study based around your own schedule. You can start at any time and choose your course completion date from the next two examination dates (the first Wednesday in June or December).

Delta Module One Course Content

The online content is divided into ten sections. Each section consists of content and exam preparation components. The content is delivered in the form of interactive lessons, quizzes, questionnaires and peer discussion forums, with links to useful articles, books and outside sources to locate your online TH Blended Delta experience within the wider world of English language teaching (ELT). The topics develop logically, starting with the theoretical underpinnings of our profession, working through language systems, skills, methodology and analysis, finishing with contemporary issues in ELT like English as a Lingua Franca and Dogme.


The exam focus sections develop your exam technique so that by the time of the exam you are well acquainted with each exam task and its requirements and suggested timing. Taking one part of the exam at a time, we work through an example task bit by bit, highlighting the knowledge you need to activate and the strategies you can use to maximize your grade. After this guided task, there is a timed task, which you submit to your tutor for feedback. Your tutor is not only highly trained and experienced in Delta content but also well-versed in exam strategy and technique. They will be able to give you feedback on your task and also suggestions to improve your grade for next time. You can put these suggestions into practice again immediately with an extra self-study pack for each of the exam tasks to reinforce the strategies so you’re well-versed and confident by the time exam day rolls around. In addition to this, you are given feedback on a full mock test so that by the time you take the exam you will have done each task on each paper a minimum of four times, with plenty of additional self-study material available.



The TH Blended Delta Module 1 preparation course combines flexibility, collaboration, self-study and tutor support to enhance your knowledge of the ELT profession. You will also increase your skill as a teacher and open up a world of employment opportunities within the fields of English Language Teaching, Teacher Training and ELT Materials Development/publishing.

Delta Module One Syllabus

The online course closely follows the seven core areas from Delta Module One taken from Cambridge’s syllabus page:

1. Theoretical perspectives on language acquisition and language teaching

  • Historical and current theories of first and second language acquisition
  • How these theories influence teaching methodologies.

2. Different teaching approaches and methodologies, including current developments

  • Teaching methodologies, both mainstream and experimental
  • The effectiveness of these methodologies in different learning environments.

3. Language systems and learners’ linguistic problems

  • Features of language systems (e.g. meaning, form, pronunciation and use)
  • Teaching methodology choices in language systems.

4. Language skills and learners’ problems

  • Features of language skills (e.g. the subskills and strategies needed by learners)
  • Teaching methodology choices in language skills.

5. Knowledge of resources, materials and reference sources for language learning

  • The practical uses of a range of resources in a range of teaching contexts.

6. Key assessment concepts and terminology

  • How to apply key assessment principles, such as validity and reliability, to classroom-based assessment.

Delta Module One Course Fees

Module One Course Fees

USA and Online


  • Course fee: $595 USD
  • Cambridge Assessment fee (if taking the exam in Boston or New York): $395 USD
  • Late registration fee (between six and two weeks before the exam): $130 USD
  • Additional Mock Exam with tutor Feedback: $100 USD

NB – If you are not based in Boston, New York or London, please contact your local center directly for details of their exam fees

UK and online

  • Course fee: £495 GBP
  • Cambridge Assessment fee (if taking the exam in London): £125 GBP
  • Registration fee (additional – payable once only): £60 GBP

NB – If you are not based in Boston, New York or London, please contact your local center directly for details of their exam fees

Delta Module One Course Dates

Module One online can be started at any time. On starting you will be invited to choose one of the next two exam dates as your target course completion date.

Upcoming exam dates:

London:

  • 1st Dec 2021
  • 1st June 2022
  • 7th Dec 2022,
  • 7th June 2023
  • 6th December 2023

New York:

  • 1st Dec 2021
  • 1st June 2022
  • 7th Dec 2022,
  • 7th June 2023
  • 6th December 2023

Boston:

  • 1st Dec 2021
  • 1st June 2022
  • 7th Dec 2022,
  • 7th June 2023
  • 6th December 2023

Please note your exam registration form must be received at least 8 weeks before the date of your chosen exam.

Please contact us here or email us for specific start dates at delta@teachinghouse.com

Module One How do I apply?

You can apply online here.

After we receive your application, we will assess your suitability for the course.  If you have the right credentials (a CELTA or equivalent plus at least 12 months of English language teaching experience) we will send you an application task.  One of our teacher trainers will evaluate your application task and if it is sufficient to begin the Delta course you will be sent an acceptance email. Once we receive full payment we will allocate you a tutor and provide you with log in information for the Module 1 online platform within one week.

Should I do the Module One course before the other Delta Modules?

Teaching House strongly recommends starting with Module 1 as it provides the theoretical foundation for Modules 2 and 3.

Can I take Module One and Module Two simultaneously?

Under special circumstances Teaching House will consider double enrollment, though completing Module One before starting Module Two is advisable.

What technical know-how and equipment will I need for the Blended Delta online Module One course?

You do not need a lot of computer expertise to take the online course.  You will need to know how to use Word, email and search the web. You will need a computer and regular access to the Internet.

How is the DELTA Module One Evaluated?

Delta Module 1 is evaluated via an exam, consisting of two 90-minute papers. This can be taken either on the first Wednesday of June or the first Wednesday of December at Teaching House, New York, Boston or London, or at your local Delta examination center.  Paper one is very much concerned with language awareness and knowledge about the systems of English (grammar, vocabulary, phonology and discourse), all within a strongly pragmatic framework. For example, in one of the exam tasks you are asked to consider the language necessary for learners to perform a certain communicative task.



Paper two focuses more on methodology.  For example, in one of the tasks you are asked to consider a piece of coursebook material and evaluate the aims and purposes of activities, and then to outline the assumptions about teaching and learning upon which it is based.  Both papers place the theory within a strong practical framework.

What does the online course involve?

The online Module One preparation course consists of:

1. Modules covering course content

Some examples of content modules include:

  • Approaches and Methods in ELT
  • Phonology
  • Spoken Discourse Analysis
  • Lexis and Contemporary Issues in ELT

2. Exam Focus Tasks

The exam focus tasks take each of the exam tasks in turn and walk you through the strategy involved in each by considering a specific real Cambridge example. You are then given a real Cambridge timed exam task which you turn in to your tutor for detailed, personalized feedback and exam advice.  You will normally receive this feedback within 48 hours of submission.  There are further exam review tasks too, which allow you to review course content in the style of the exam, helping you integrate what you’ve learned about exam strategy with your new knowledge about English Language Teaching.

In addition, each candidate gets a full mock exam to do under timed exam conditions and submit to your tutor for feedback.  By the time you take the exam you will have done each part of the exam a minimum of three times and, for most tasks, up to a total of five times.

How many hours will I need to dedicate to the Module One online preparation course?

There are 17 content modules and 10 exam focus tasks.  Each content module takes approximately 2-3 hours, plus around 2 hours of additional background reading. You’ll also spend around 1.5-2 hours on each exam task plus 90 minutes for each mock exam.  This adds up to approximately 35-50 hours of online material, 35 hours of background reading and 20-30 hours of exam strategy and practice.  In total, you should plan to spend around 100-120 hours on Delta Module 1.

When can I start the TH Blended Delta Module One preparation course?

You can start the course whenever is most convenient for you.  

We offer Delta Module One start dates every Wednesday of the year from mid January to mid November. The exam takes place on the first Wednesday in June and the first Wednesday in December.  These are also the Teaching House course completion dates.  

The first step is to choose your course completion date and then calculate the amount of time you will be able to dedicate to the Delta Module One preparation course.  

You need to dedicate between 100 and 120 hours to the entire course so if you’re working full time and can dedicate 10 hours per week to the coursework then you should start on a Wednesday 10-12 weeks before your December or June course completion date (i.e. Mid-late March or Mid – Late September).  If you are not working and can dedicate 40 hours per week to the course then you can start up to three weeks before your chosen course completion date (early May or early November).  

Here is a guideline conversion table to help you calculate your course start date:

Please note that all Delta Module One course start dates are on Wednesdays.  You must be accepted at least one week before starting the course so we can allocate you a tutor.  You must register for the exam at least 8 weeks (worldwide centers) or 6 weeks (New York) before the exam date or you may not be able to take the exam on the date of your choice and you may have to pay a late fee.

Can I take Module One in-person?


Yes, Delta Module One is available as a face-to-face course at our London location.   You will need to take the exam in person on either the first Wednesday of June or the first Wednesday of December each year.  You should register at least 6 weeks before the exam date, either at Teaching House, New York or at your local Cambridge accredited centre.

Do I have to take the exam in New York?

No. You can take the exam at any Cambridge accredited exam center.  See Cambridge English for a Delta Module One exam center in your part of the world.  Note, if you choose to take the exam at a different center you are responsible for contacting that center, paying their fees and making all arrangements. It is advisable to contact the center at least 8 weeks prior to the exam date.  If you choose to take the exam at Teaching House New York, London or Boston you need to fill out the exam registration form and pay the Cambridge exam fee at least 6 weeks before the exam date.

What contact will I have with my tutor and other course participants on the online course?

Your tutor is allocated to you typically within one week of being accepted on to the course.  You can email your tutor while you are enrolled on the Delta Module One course with questions about the course administration and content. There are discussion forums where you will be able to discuss various components of the course with other course participants.  Because of the flexibility of start dates, however, other course participants may not be progressing through the material at the same rate as you.   Your tutor will not contribute to these discussions. You will receive detailed feedback on your exam practice tasks usually within 48 hours of submission.

Can I work at my own pace and do tasks whenever I want?

No.  When you are allocated a tutor he or she will negotiate a timetable of work with you that you need to stick to in order to complete all the exam preparation tasks by your chosen course completion date and to allow sufficient time to do extra exam preparation.  If you do not stick to this schedule, we cannot guarantee tutor availability to provide written feedback.

How flexible are the deadlines for exam practice tasks?

At the beginning of the course your tutor will send a suggested schedule of timed exam task completion dates.  This is negotiable and if you know in advance of any times you will be unable to complete the exam tasks you should make your tutor aware of these. Once the schedule is decided however, you must stick to the deadlines in order to receive feedback from your tutor.  Your tutor may be able to give feedback on late submissions but this is entirely at their discretion.

Do I have to submit full payment before I start the course?

You need to pay the full course fee before we can enroll you on the course, give you access to the online course content and put you in touch with your tutor.  You should submit full payment at least a week before you want to start the course to allow us time to allocate you a tutor and enroll you on the online learning platform. If you wish to take the exam at Teaching House, New York , London or Boston you need to pay the full exam fee at least 6 weeks before the exam date.

Why should I take Module One at Teaching House?

Teaching House Blended Delta Module One preparation course is one of the cheapest Delta Module One courses in the world and the best value for money. With over 1,000 teachers attending teacher-training courses at Teaching House each year, we are a professional team with a lot of experience.  As well as quality course content for self-study and peer discussion, you will also get personalized feedback and tailor-made suggestions from your tutor.

What do I need to take into the exam?

You must take some sort of state issued photo ID and black or blue pens.  You are permitted a small bottle of water but you must leave all other belongings in the allocated place away from your exam table.  You may not use white out/correction fluid, pencil or colored pens.  Full details of the procedure for the day of the exam will be sent to you by the center closer to the time of the exam.

What grades are available for Module One?

The grades available for Module 1 are:

  • Pass
  • Pass with merit
  • Pass with distinction
  • Fail

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