Let’s get modular
International House London explains the finer details of the new modular Delta, including its capacity for online learning
Since 1998 the Delta has been the gold standard of Cambridge Esol’s teaching awards in the ELT sector. From this year the Delta has evolved into a modular format. This offers advantages to candidates in terms of accessibility and the possibility of tailoring the award to the teacher’s own context or area of specialist interest.
The new Delta now comprises three modules: Module 1 focuses on the candidate’s knowledge of teaching, Module 2 is more practical, involving researching and teaching language and skills lessons and reflecting on development and Module 3 allows the candidate to select an area of interest and explore this in more depth.
This new format allows candidates to choose to work on one or more modules at a time. Candidates can elect to take each module separately. This is particularly relevant for Module 3. There is a broad range of specialisms in Module 3 including teaching younger learners, teaching business English, teaching EAP, exam classes and teaching mono- or multilingual classes. Module 3 caters equally well for candidates with some knowledge of the specialism and for teachers who wish to develop a new expertise.
Teachers who wish to gain more experience in a specialist area or demonstrate their knowledge of a particular teaching context may elect to take Module 3 alone. This will be attractive for teachers who may already hold the Delta but wish to demonstrate additional expertise or to those who want to take Module 3 in order to enhance their CV.
Employers will still want applicants for senior teaching posts to hold all three modules. The overall diploma is awarded to candidates who successfully pass all three modules. This will be beneficial to teachers who wish to work in countries where a diploma certificate forms part of a work visa requirement.
The new syllabus will continue to be offered in centres worldwide in a number of formats. Many centres will offer all three modules concurrently, as is the case with the face-to-face intensive course offered by International House London. Other centres will offer face-to-face courses on a part-time basis, via distance learning, or by blended learning (combining distance and face-to-face modes).
The new modular Delta combines particularly effectively with distance learning, offering optimum flexibility for the student. International House London – in partnership with the British Council – pioneered the Distance Delta almost ten years ago in 2000. It is the largest Delta training provider and has trained more than 600 trainees since its launch.
With the advent of the modular Delta International House London has updated its course materials and procedures to support the new syllabus and additional syllabus areas – such as the importance of English as a lingua franca – have been incorporated. The Distance Delta will offer an integrated programme, covering all three modules on a part-time, nine-month course.
From spring 2009 we will also be offering modules independently, either consecutively over two years or as stand-alone modules. Distance learning amplifies the flexibility of the modular course structure, permitting the candidate to work at their own pace and work around periods where study is not possible. It also means that candidates can apply their learning and draw on colleagues’ experiences, thus giving a much broader insight into how teaching and learning occur in unfamiliar contexts.
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