The DELTA Modules

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WHO IS THE DELTA FOR?

Delta is one of the best-known and most popular advanced TEFL/TESOL qualifications in the world. It is a flexible way for experienced English language teachers to progress further in their careers. Delta can be taken at any stage in a teacher’s career and is ideal for those wanting to update their teaching knowledge and improve their practice.  You may be a graduate, or already hold an initial teaching qualification, and are considering furthering your career in English Language Teaching. Delta modules are ideal if you wish to extend your professional experience and accept new responsibilities as they not only demonstrate a commitment to the profession, but also proof of your ability.


COURSE STRUCTURE

MODULE ONE
Understanding Language, Methodology and Resources for Teaching (20 credits)

This module focuses on the background to teaching and learning English in a range of contexts.   Module One is assessed by a written examination which includes two 90-minute written papers with a 30-minute break between each paper. The examination is externally set and marked.  The ELTC will suggest reading and revision sources, exam strategies and techniques in dedicated sessions and provide a mock exam.  Many of the input sessions will provide the key background and underpinning knowledge that will be tested in the exam.

MODULE TWO
Developing Professional Practice (20 credits)

This module tests knowledge of the elements of planning and preparing a lesson or a sequence of lessons and how to select and use resources and materials. Module Two requires a portfolio of coursework, including internally assessed observed lessons, background written essays and an externally assessed lesson observation. You will use your current teaching context for the completion of the portfolio and the observations will be spread out over the course. ELTC will offer support in input sessions and tutorials to prepare you for the completion of the portfolio. The input sessions will be relevant to Module 2 and any links will be made explicit in each session. A significant amount of scheduled, time-sensitive, independent work will be needed to complete the portfolio.
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MODULE THREE
Extending practice and English language teaching specialism (20 credits)

This module focuses on needs analysis, syllabus design, course planning and assessment in the context of a selected specialism.  It is assessed by an extended written assignment, which is externally moderated by Cambridge. The assignment is focused on a specialist area of teaching and learning chosen by the candidate, but if specialised support is wanted,  that must be negotiated with the Centre (e.g. English for academic purposes, teaching exam classes, young learners, one-to-one teaching).   We will offer dedicated input sessions on how approach the completion of the module and for the generic knowledge needed.   This will be backed up with tutor support and, depending on the chosen/negotiated specialism, advice on the specialist area.

More information on these modules and a copy of the syllabus can be found from the link on the right-hand side.


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THE DELTA MODULES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

We run all three Delta Modules on a part-time basis. You may take the module one and three courses together or take a single module.

All courses require a high level of literacy and language as well IT skills: an initial TEFL / TESOL qualification and an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) is also a requirement. All applicants will require an interview.

Delta Module 1 (blended, part-time) course will run from January 15th 2018 to June 4th 2018 on 15 Monday evenings 5-8pm (15/01/18, 22/01/18, 29/01/18, 05/02/18, 19/02/18, 26/02/18, 05/03/18, 12/03/18, 19/03/18, 09/04/18, 23/04/18, 30/04/18, 14/05/18, 21/05/18, 04/06/18) with concurrent online input and tutor support in preparation for June 2018 completion.

Delta Module 2 (blended, part-time) course will run from November 6th 2017 to May 14th 2018 on 10 Monday evenings 5-8pm (06/11/17, 20/11/17, 04/12/17, 18/12/17, 22/01/18, 05/02/18, 26/02/18, 19/03/18, 23/04/18, 14/05/18) with concurrent online input and tutor support in preparation for either June 2018 or December 2018 completion.

Delta Module 3 (blended, part-time) course will run from October 10th 2017 to April 16th 2018 on 7 Monday evenings 5-8pm (08/10/17, 23/10/17, 13/11/17, 27/11/17, 11/12/17, 12/02/18, 16/04/18) with concurrent online input and tutor support in preparation for June 2018 completion.

In order to be able to complete all 3 modules, you would need to attend all face-to-face sessions and dedicate around another 14 hours a week for individual tutorials, assessments, preparation for sessions, directed reading and independent study. You will be given a detailed course and study plan, access to an on-line learning platform, library and journal resources and be given a dedicated tutor. 


COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The requirements for entry are normally the following as a minimum, although applications are assessed on an individual basis.  The requirements are assessed throughout the application process.

  • Aged 21 or over.
  • At least 2 years of varied English language teaching experience (full-time or equiv).
  • At least an initial English language teaching qualification (CELTA, Cert. TESOL or equiv.)
  • An undergraduate degree or equiv.
  • An excellent command of the English language (good native or 8.0 in IELTS or equiv.)
  • Good digital and academic literacies
  • Access to appropriate EFL/ESOL/EAP classes for teaching practice (M2) and needs analysis (M3)
  • Ability to cope with a level 7 (Master's) qualification and dedicate a significant amount of time outside the taught sessions.
  • Successful completion of the application process, including pre-interview and at-interview tasks

COURSE DATES AND TIMES

You may take a single module at a time, or a combination of any (subject to application and interview processes). All courses would need a high level of literacy and language as well IT skills as well as an initial TEFL or TESOL qualification and a undergraduate degree (or equivalent).

Delta Module 1 (blended, part-time) course will run from January 15th 2018 to June 4th 2018 on 15 Monday evenings 5-8pm (15/01/18, 22/01/18, 29/01/18, 05/02/18, 19/02/18, 26/02/18, 05/03/18, 12/03/18, 19/03/18, 09/04/18, 23/04/18, 30/04/18, 14/05/18, 21/05/18, 04/06/18) with concurrent online input and tutor support in preparation for June 2018 completion. Please note you should have an initial TEFL/TESOL qualification and be a graduate (or equivalent).

Delta Module 2 (blended, part-time) course will run from November 6th 2017 to May 14th 2018 on 10 Monday evenings 5-8pm (06/11/17, 20/11/17, 04/12/17, 18/12/17, 22/01/18, 05/02/18, 26/02/18, 19/03/18, 23/04/18, 14/05/18) with concurrent online input and tutor support in preparation for either June 2018 or December 2018 completion.

Delta Module 3 (blended, part-time) course will run from October 10th 2017 to April 16th 2018 on 7 Monday evenings 5-8pm (08/10/17, 23/10/17, 13/11/17, 27/11/17, 11/12/17, 12/02/18, 16/04/18) with concurrent online input and tutor support in preparation for June 2018 completion. Please note, you must have access to real learners to carry out a needs analysis on during this course.


COURSE FEES

The fees for each module are as follows (please note these do not include the Cambridge entry fees which must be paid separately - see below for further details):

Module 1 = £875
Module 2 = £1575 (supplement for candidates outside of Sheffield of £200) (TBC)
Module 3 = £675

If you want to take Modules 1 and 3 at the same time, then there will be a discount of £100.

These include all tuition, internal assessments, tutor support, mock exams, class materials, library access and e-learning materials.

There is a supplement for candidates outside the city of Sheffield or for those outside South Yorkshire to cover extra costs for time and travel when observing/assessing lessons.

A deposit is due to secure your place on the course. This must be paid at least 4 weeks before the start of the course. The remainder of course fees can be paid in two further instalments, to be agreed with the course administrator.

Cambridge English Language Assessment exam fees will need to be paid for Delta Modules 1, 2 and 3 for each submission. This payment is subject to rules set down by Cambridge and fees are; M1 = £111, M2 = £139 and M3 = £78. External candidates will be charged an additional admin fee to be entered at the ELTC - please contact us to find out more.

If being funded by an external body, a letter of intention for payment of fees is enough to cover the deposit, but full payment should be made as soon as possible.  Individual requests for alternative payment schedules may be made and will be judged by the Centre accordingly.

If for any reason you are unable to arrange your own teaching practice group for the assessed lessons, the ELTC may be able to arrange a volunteer group. This would be subject to prior agreement during the application stages and incur a supplement to cover administration, room and resource costs.  There is a limit to how many candidates on the course can access these volunteer groups and you will be told on application if this is still possible.  These groups would have to be taught regularly for around 20 hours over the course, before, and possibly after, the 5 required lesson observations. This would take place on a day from Tuesday to Thursday at times to be negotiated, but an hour between 4-7pm most likely, when the Centre has rooms to spare.  However, the Delta modules are best suited to those that can provide a current, regular teaching context so as to minimise the artificialness of the assessed lessons and help with reflection on current practice.


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HOW TO APPLY

Please complete the 'expression of interest' form on the right-hand menu and e-mail it to tefl@sheffield.ac.uk to begin the application process.  The application process will take up to 4 weeks to complete and includes an official application form, an interview with pre-and at-interview tasks.  The pre-interview tasks may take a number of hours to complete.  We, therefore, use the expression of interest form to screen applicants before moving on the application stage.

Any initial queries or questions can be sent to TEFL Administrator tefl@sheffield.ac.uk or call 0114 222 1780.