After doing a webinar for Cambridge English Teacher about How Delta changed my life, I’ve realised there
are still a few areas to write about for each of the three modules. This blog
is about Module 1 and gives a breakdown of what is involved, how long it takes
and costs, and also some tips and advice.
The module prepares you for two exams, which you can take in either
December or June. They are 90 minutes each and you have a short 30 minute break
in between, so it’s a long morning. The whole idea of the module is to get you
to read a shed load of books, memorise lots of jargon (which most of it you
will never use once your Delta is finished), and become an expert on the
· Language –
grammar, discourse, lexis.
· Testing – how to
do it and fairly.
· Phonology – learn how to read and write phonetics, and analyse spoken errors.
history, weird and interesting approaches.
Skills work –
the four main skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
· Course book
design – analyse text books and say why authors did what they did and the reasoning
I did module 1 online, which was lonely, but interesting and
useful, at times. I enjoyed the banter with other teachers and the tutors, and as
the course went on I felt more prepared for the exams. I did a load of bloody reading, probably too much. I actually started the April before the course
started in September to do some 'light' background reading.
The tasks were individual and group based. You go through the exam
twice and do example questions and also set your colleagues questions. It was
very exam focussed but I did enjoy that aspect.
Mock exams were key. We did one half-way through the course and just
before the main exam. The mocks were great as it gave you an idea of your
strengths and weaknesses and, most importantly, timing, which I’ll chat about
Over 3 months
for the module.
3 months reading
hours a week task based projects or studying.
€550 for course,
plus €130 for exam fee.
Do a ton of
pre-reading if you can to make your life easier during the course. I picked one
book on each main area to start with just to get a feel. I made notes on some areas, but you have to look at the books again
anyway when you meet a question that needs a more detailed answer, but every
cards are key. They emphasis this on the course, and give you plenty of examples
so you can make your own, but it’s a vital part of preparing for the exam. Not
only because the first couple of questions are about definitions in ELT, but
also because once you have really learnt the terminology you can apply it to
all the remaining questions. I looked like a right weirdo, memorising cards
while on my way to work on the metro, but it paid off.
· Try to get
ahead. Firstly for yourself so you don’t have to hand in anything in a panic,
but also for your colleagues. At times it got frustrating waiting for others to
finish their contributions.
· The mock exams
are really important. As I said above mainly for timing. Everyone you talk to
who has done the exam says about how tricky it is to do all the questions in the
allocated time. The mocks also give you an idea of what areas you need to work
on. Do past papers as well, and check out the examiners notes on each
of the questions so you know how to pick up most points.
· Study – not only
the terminology cards, but also phonology, answers to some of the longer essay
style questions in the 2nd exam, and the past papers.
· Try some
of the techniques in class. From the start I began to use phonetics in class, I
also changed how I marked students writing to mirror the exam, and also did
more work on grammar in class to test myself, and the student of course.
So those are my tips for success in Delta module 1. I managed to get a
distinction, which I think was because I was really motivated at that point,
not so much by the time I got to module 3. Next month I’ll be looking more into module 2, which is the lesson
Have you done module 1? Got any more tips and advice? Leave a comment
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