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Extend your teaching practice and specialise.

Delta is a globally-recognised, advanced qualification for experienced English language teachers – accredited by Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge. It takes serious dedication, passion and a commitment to continued professional development, which is why the qualification is so highly-regarded across the world and attractive to educational institutions in the field.

There are three modules you must pass to be Delta-qualified. Module 3 concentrates on developing your English language teaching specialism.

Although the course is part-time, it is very intensive. You should ensure that you have the strength, space and mental capacity to take on the challenge.

Minimum age
Minimum language level
Proficient C1
Entry requirements
CELTA qualification
(or equivalent)

2-3 years of teaching experience
Student to tutor ratio
Course dates
4 September 2023 - 24 November 2023

On-demand option:
Start any Monday (subject to availability)

Exam fees
(12 June 2023 and 11 December 2023)
Bell admin fee

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Chris UK
I was fairly experienced when I started but I realised that an experienced teacher is not the same as an expert teacher. So much of what I learned on the course still influences my teaching today.
Emily UK
Studying for the DELTA online is great because it gives you the freedom and flexibility to fit the reading around other commitments.
Ksenia Russia
I believe the online course was perfect for me as it allowed me to combine my studies with other commitments. Thanks to the work of my Online Personal Tutor (OPT) I received all the necessary support and help, despite it not being face-to-face.

Course overview

Extending Practice and ELT Specialism

  • Develop your knowledge in relation to the ELT specialism
  • Critically understand and apply principles of ELT curriculum and syllabus design to a cohort of learners
  • Design and implement syllabuses and courses in relation to specialism
  • Understand and implement methods of assessment in relation to specialism
  • Present a coherent account of your project

English Language Teaching Management (ELTM)

  • Develop your knowledge in relation to your chosen management specialism
  • Critically understand management principles and procedures and its application
  • Develop awareness of the interdependence of management areas
  • Understand and proposal an change to your chosen management specialism
  • Present a coherent account of your project

Delta Module 3 Explained


Conducting classroom research.

Our highly-experienced Delta tutors will support you as you develop your extended research-based written assignment through constant 1-to-1 interaction and feedback.  This will focus on developing your chosen specialism.

It is not a requirement of the scheme that you actually teach the group, but in some cases it is highly desirable. Conducting needs analysis with 1:1 students or groups of teachers or young learners, for example, generally requires repeated meetings and observations, so regular access is a prerequisite.

Choosing a specialist area to study

You need to choose one specialist area from the set list below. For any specialism you choose it is paramount that you have some experience in the area and access to a suitable cohort of students during the course.

  • Extending Practice and ELT Specialism options

    The module focuses on broadening the candidates’ knowledge of a chosen specialism and developing their understanding of syllabus design, testing and assessment.

    • Business English (BE)
    • Teaching young learners/young adults (specified age group required with 5-year range for example. 8–13, 14–19) (YL)
    • English for Special Purposes (ESP)
    • English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
    • Teaching examination classes (EX)
    • Teaching one-to-one (1 to 1)
    • ESOL learners with literacy needs (ESOL)
    • CLIL/Embedded ESOL (teaching English through subject/work-based learning) (CLIL)
    • Teaching monolingual classes (MON)
    • Teaching multilingual classes (MUL)
    • Teaching in an English-speaking environment (ESE)
    • Teaching in a non-English-speaking environment. (NESE)
    • Teaching learners online/through distance/blended learning (DL)
    • Teaching English to learners with special requirements e.g. visual/hearing impairment, dyslexia, ASD (SR)
    • Language development for teachers (LDT)
    • Language support (e.g. on mainstream teaching programmes, specialist skills support, such as supporting writing needs) (LS)
  • English Language Teaching Management option

    English Language Teaching Management (ELTM) focuses on broadening candidates’ knowledge and developing their understanding of management in one of the following four specialisms: academic management, marketing, customer service or human resources management (HRM).

    You are required to apply knowledge of managing change and project management to a proposal in your chosen specialism related to a specified language teaching operation (LTO).

    Please note that:

    • Candidates who select ELTM as their specialism for the Delta Module Three need to have access to a language teaching operation (LTO) e.g. a language school or institution.
    • They also need to consider how they will have access to the data/information they will need in order to proceed with their proposal.
    • Candidates who choose this ELTM option should ideally have experience of working as an academic manager (such as programme manager, DoS/ADoS), or in a similar managerial role within an LTO.

Meet some of your tutors

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Tim Hazell

Academic Programme Manager (Delta)

Alex Tilbury

Delta Tutor

James Savery

Delta Tutor

Chris Ożóg

Delta Tutor

Jonathan Marks

Delta Tutor

Alastair Douglas

Delta Tutor

Sample timetable


Delta Module 3 Online sample timetable

Course dates

DELTA online learning


4 September – 24 November 2023
(or start any Monday – subject to availability)

Our course includes

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Delta Module 1

4 September - 1 December 2023
  • Learn teaching approaches and methodologies
  • Language systems and learners' linguistic issues
  • Evaluate resources, materials and references
  • Experienced 1-to-1 tutor feedback and support
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Delta Module 2

29 August - 1 December 2023
  • Develop your professional teaching practice
  • Preparing inclusive lessons at different levels
  • Manage and support learning to maximise impact
  • Observation and evaluation of teaching
  • Experienced 1-to-1 tutor feedback and support

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  • Evaluate teacher training sessions
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