Cambridge ESOL DELTA

Course Information


Chester offers the Cambridge ESOL Modular DELTA blended course at various times of
the year.

Aims of the DELTA

The diploma offers candidates who have experience of teaching English to adult speakers of other languages the opportunity to:

  • Extend your knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of English language teaching.
  • Critically examine your current beliefs and practices as a teacher.
  • Apply your new knowledge and understanding to your current teaching role.
  • Extend your knowledge of English language teaching in contexts other than adult learners.
  • Develop your career and apply for more senior roles.

The DELTA is divided into three modules:

DELTA-MOD1 Understanding Language, Methodology & Resources for Teaching. Written exam consisting of two parts, each 1hr 30 mins. (marked externally)
DELTA-MOD2 Developing Professional Practice Assessed assignments incorporating background essays and observed teaching
DELTA-MOD3 Extending Practice & ELT Specialism (e.g. Teaching young learners, English for Special Purposes, Teaching one-to-one) An extended assignment of 4,000 – 4,500 words (marked externally)

Modules 1 & 3 are run online in collaboration with Developing at

CLICK HERE to see a description of Module 1
CLICK HERE to see a description of Module 3

The modules can be taken concurrently or in any order.

Module 2

Delta Module Two aims to develop candidates’ ability in the following areas:

  • Working with language learners in a variety of learning contexts
  • Preparation for teaching learners of English
  • Evaluation, selection and use of resources and materials for teaching purposes
  • Managing and supporting learning
  • Evaluation of lesson preparation and teaching
  • Observation and evaluation of other teachers’ lessons
  • Professionalism and professional development


To achieve these aims candidates need to show that they are able to:

  • Research selected language/skills areas and focus on problems and solutions for learners.
  • Apply their knowledge and understanding of factors affecting learning and teaching to their practice.
  • Plan, teach and evaluate lessons which meet the needs of specific groups of learners and individuals within the groups.
  • Use a range of resources and materials, and teaching and learning strategies which are appropriate to learner needs and context.
  • Constructively evaluate their own teaching and engage in Continuing Professional Development (CPD).


Delta Module Two assessment consists of five assignments which are completed during a Delta course.

Candidates complete:

  • A two-part Professional Development Assignment.
  • Two Language Systems Assignments.
  • Two Language Skills Assignments


The Professional Development Assignment includes two parts:

  • Reflection and Action (2,000–2,500 words)
  • Experimental Practice (2,000–2,500 words)


Each Systems Assignment includes:

  • A background essay (2,000–2,500 words) in which the candidate explores an area of language systems and considers related teaching and learning issues.
  • Planning, teaching and evaluation of a lesson related to the chosen area.


Each Skills Assignment includes:

  • A background essay (2,000–2,500 words) in which the candidate explores an area of language skills and considers related teaching and learning issues.
  • Planning, teaching and evaluation of a lesson related to the chosen area.


CLICK HERE to Download a detailed syllabus of all three modules.
CLICK HERE to Download the DELTA handbook.

Application Procedure

Entry Requirements

  • To have a level of English sufficient to follow all parts of the course.
  • To be at least 21 years of age.
  • To hold a further education degree.
  • To have followed an initial training course.
  • To have substantial teaching experience.

This list is an ideal candidate profile. Do not worry if you do not fulfill all of these as acceptance to the course is at the discretion of the Director.

CLICK HERE to Download DELTA Application Form (MS Word)

Course Preparation

Essential Reading

A very solid general background to most areas:

Teaching & Learning in the Language Classroom – Tricia Hedge (OUP, 2000)

Language awareness:

About Language – Scott Thornbury (CUP, 2007)

Theory of learning & teaching:

How Languages Are Learned – Spada & Lightbrown (CUP , 206)

Series of books:

Oxford Language Teaching – A scheme for language teachers

Syllabus design

Oxford Resource Books for Teachers – ideas & activity books

CLICK HERE to view DELTA Reading List

Chester Connect

Module 2 is also situated online at

CLICK HERE to access our online resource centre at Chester Connect.

Dates & Fees

For Module One fees
For Module Two fees
For Module Three fees
For information on Modules 1 & 3 please visit
Payment: The fees exclude the Cambridge ESOL entry fees. Successful applicants are required to pay a deposit of 500€ with the remainder due at least a month before the course starts.

*The Chester guarantee (garantía Chester) is not applicable to CELTA or DELTA courses.

Sample Timetable

Sample overview timetable of the Cambridge English Delta Module 2 course – in conjunction with Module 1 online.