As a recent module 1 trainee, I hope I can shed a bit of light on some of the questions you might have about doing the course as well as giving you some top tips based on my own personal experience.
What’s the difference between CELTA and Delta?
To me, doing the CELTA is like being provided with a toolkit and getting to grips with how to use a hammer and drill. You’re taught the basics and then asked to build a house. Doing Delta is like going back and filling in the cracks and strengthening the foundations. Module 1 gave me a deeper insight into the methods, history, terminology and understanding of skills and systems involved in ELT.
What does a regular week look like?
At the start of the course you are assigned an online study group and each week you are given:
- a study pack with material to read over
- a suggested reading list for the topic(s)
- questions to ask yourself and to discuss online with other participants
- a study task and exam practice question(s).
It may seem like a lot at first (and, let’s be honest, it is!) but you get used to it once you get into a routine.
What contact will I have with the tutors and trainees?
I had two main course tutors who were both very informative and gave regular, timely, constructive feedback. Other trainees started off very eager but this sort of whittled down over the duration of the course. The good thing was that it gave me the opportunity to work alongside other people who were at a similar point in their career, which was really refreshing as I found out about other perspectives that I hadn’t considered before. In fact, some of the most engaging parts of the course came from discussions between the trainees.
What do I need to read beforehand?
Once you’ve signed up for the course Bell will send you a suggested reading list with some key reads. I know this is what everyone says, but the more you can read beforehand, the more you’ll get out of the course. Before the course I didn’t read much and I regretted it. My problem was that I didn’t really know what I was reading for – it was all a bit overwhelming. If I were to go back and do it again, I’d sit down, look at the topics (methodology and different approaches, language analysis, pronunciation, skills, and testing) pick a key book from each area – or at least the ones I was most interested in – and flick through the book, dipping in and getting familiar with some of the terminology. Scott Thornbury’s A-Z of ELT by Macmillan was an absolute lifesaver as a reference book with some good detailed examples.
Can I have a life whilst working full time and taking module one part time?
In short the answer is yes but a (somewhat) limited one! I found that setting up a strict routine of doing a little bit of reading and Delta work after teaching every day, as well as spending one full weekend day worked out pretty well. Don’t plan on going on holiday while you’re taking the course! Deadlines are strict and if you fall behind your unlikely to catch up properly.
Author: Emily Curran, teacher at Bell Cambridge. Emily recently presented about her experience studying for her Delta at IATEFL, the annual event of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language.
A Bell Delta course offers opportunities to study online, via blended learning, and also through face-to-face interaction with highly experienced teacher trainers. This provides a flexible progression towards developing your English language teaching career.