The DELTA is designed for teachers with a minimum of 2 years' experience who want to progress their careers and apply for senior positions in the English language teaching profession. (Minimum age 18 years, normally 20 or over.)

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International House Newcastle DELTA Teacher Training Courses

DELTA Dates 2019

Full DELTA course (Modules 1, 2 and 3) 30th September – 22nd November  (£2800 excluding examination fees*)


Individual modules:

DELTA (Module 1) 11th - 17th November £320 (excluding examination fee* - examination 5th December)

DELTA (Module 2) 7th October - 22nd November £2400 (excluding examination fee) 

DELTA (Module 3) 30th September – 4th October £320 (excluding examination fee)


Combined modules:

Modules 1 and 2 - £2600

Modules 2 and 3 - £2600

Modules 1 and 3 - £640


Assessment only:

Module 1 - £150

Module 2 - £250 (referred candidates from previous IH Newcastle courses only)

Module 3 - £150 (feedback on a draft - £100 - referred IH Newcastle candidates only)


*Please note that should you wish to enter for any of the external assessment modules at a different centre, you will need to make your own arrangements and may be charged an additional administrative fee. We advise checking all the options and costs at the start of the course.

What is DELTA and who is it for?

If you have substantial experience in teaching English to speakers of other languages, and are ready to progress in your career, you need the Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA). The qualification is ideal if you wish to extend your professional experience and accept new responsibilities as it not only demonstrates a commitment to the profession, but is also proof of your ability. You may be looking for an opportunity to increase your understanding of the principles and practice of English language teaching to help improve your overall performance in the classroom. As part of this process, DELTA courses encourage you to analyse your existing practices and beliefs. They also help you to apply the results of your learning and reflection both to your current professional life and to contexts beyond your present and previous teaching experience

This internationally recognised qualification helps you to:

  • Deepen your understanding of the principles and practice of teaching the English language to adults.
  • Examine your current practices and beliefs.
  • Apply the results of your learning and reflection to your current teaching position and more senior roles. 

What does DELTA involve?

All DELTA courses must contain the following elements:

  • Teaching practice
  • Observation of experienced teachers in the classroom
  • Completion of a range of practically focused written assignments
  • An extended assignment
  • A written examination

There are six main units of learning:

  • Understanding, knowledge and awareness of language
  • The background to teaching and learning English at adult level
  • Resources and materials
  • Working in the classroom
  • Evaluation, monitoring and assessment
  • Professional development

As part of your course you should expect 120 contact hours with fellow candidates and course tutors and 10 hours of teaching adults. Four of these lessons are supervised and assessed by a course tutor and one is externally assessed. In addition you have 10 hours’ directed observation of lessons, with five of these being live lessons taught by experienced teachers. You spend around 300 hours on reading, research and assignment writing. 

Input Sessions

These sessions account for three hours of the course every day and are organised in the form of informal lectures and seminars, discussion groups and practical workshops. They cover the areas outlined in the Cambridge Delta syllabus. The aims of these sessions are:

  • To help course participants to acquire a sounder theoretical basis for what they do in the classroom
  • To allow them to re-evaluate their own teaching
  • To enable them to expand their repertoire of teaching skills
  • To provide for a fruitful exchange of ideas amongst participants
  • To help participants prepare for the practical and written examinations

Teaching Practice

Each course participant will teach for a minimum of ten hours over the duration of the course. Five of these lessons will be assessed (one by an external assessor appointed by Cambridge ESOL). During the course, participants will be given the opportunity to teach at a range of levels. The learners come from a range of backgrounds and do not pay for these sessions. Teaching practice lasts for approximately two hours per day. All course participants collaborate on planning for teaching and are involved in giving feedback to each other to identify strengths and action points for each course participant. Each course participant is given oral and written feedback on each assessed lesson.

The aims of teaching practice:

Course Participants (CPs) should use teaching practice to:

  • Experiment with a range of approaches and techniques, where applicable
  • Consolidate and re-evaluate their practical teaching
  • Work to develop their ability to assess and deal with learners’ difficulties
  • Learn by observing other CPs
  • Develop realistic self-appraisal skills

This last aim is extremely important, and tutors will help to guide CPs to evaluate their own teaching effectively.


There are three components of assessment:

1.Coursework (Module 2) – There are seven coursework assignments. Six of these are internally assessed; the seventh is externally assessed. In addition there is overall external moderation of your coursework by Cambridge ESOL.

2.Extended assignment (Module 3) – The extended assignment is a case study of a learner. It is supervised by the centre and externally marked.

3.Written examination (Module 1) – The written examination is externally set and marked. To be awarded the Diploma, you must pass all three components. There are two grades — Pass and Distinction.

Who recognises DELTA?

DELTA is accepted throughout the world by organisations which employ English language teachers. The Cambridge DELTA has been accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) as a Diploma in Teaching ESOL at level 5 (new NQF Level 7) on the National Qualifications Framework. DELTA is also integrated into some MA programmes.

Am I eligible to apply?

Ideally you should:

Have at least two years’ full time (1,200 hours) experience of teaching English to adults within the past five years

Have a range of teaching experience in different contexts and at different levels

Be a graduate and/or have an initial teaching qualification

Applicants should be at least 21 years old.

Have a standard of English which will enable you to teach at a range of levels Centres may still accept you if you do not strictly meet all of these requirements but can demonstrate that you would be likely to complete the course successfully. This is entirely at the centre’s discretion.

International House Newcastle can help you with accommodation during this course.

Visa applications

If you have been officially accepted onto the course and need to apply for a visa in order to attend, please ensure that you apply for it in good time, and that the school is sent a copy of the visa at least one month before the course start date. (The Short-term Study Visa is the correct choice for most applicants - if you are unsure, please ask.)

Information on visas can be found on the UK Home Office website.


Once your fees are paid and you have a confirmed course place, this can be cancelled only up to 4 weeks before the course start date, and an administration charge of £100 will be deducted from the fees to be refunded. (Course fees cannot be refunded for cancellations made after this point.)