What does Delta involve?
The Delta course at IH Chiang Mai prepares you for all three Delta Modules in an 8-week intensive period. You will complete the assessment for Module 2 during the course. The Module 1 exam will follow either a few days or a few weeks after the end of the course depending on whether you start it in October or March.
Candidates who have already completed Module 1 still attend the 8 weeks of the course but will have more free time to dedicate to preparing for the assessed elements of Module 2.
There will be a little general preparation for Module 3 during the course but candidates will normally complete the extended assignment in the 6 months following the course for submission the following June or December.
Module 1 tests your knowledge of language, teaching methodology and teaching resources.
It is assessed by a written examination consisting of two one-and-a-half hour papers. Each paper consists of four tasks which follow a predictable format and which you will have the chance to practise during the course.
Assessment for Delta Module 2 takes place mainly through:
- Four observed and assessed Language Systems/Skills Assignments (LSAs)
- Three of these are internally assessed by course tutors.
- The fourth is externally assessed by a Cambridge Assessor.
Each LSA is focused on one of the language skills (Speaking, Listening, Writing, Reading) or systems (Grammar, Lexis, Phonology, Discourse) and consists of:
A background essay of 2,500 words on the focus of the lesson, which …
- … analyses it
- … considers learning problems associated with it
- … describes and evaluates teaching solutions for these
An assessed lesson of between 45 and 60 minutes, complete with an extended lesson plan which includes …
- … a rationale for the design of the lesson
- … analysis of the target area
- … information about the learners
A post-lesson evaluation which reflects on …
- … key strengths and areas to work on from the lesson
- … the effect of these on the learners/learning
- … ideas for further consolidation of lesson aims in future lessons
You also complete a Professional Development Assignment (PDA) in stages over the 8 weeks of the course. It consists of:
- Reflection and Action (R&A): This involves reflecting on your beliefs and practices as teachers and begins with a diagnostic observation by a tutor. This is unassessed but the feedback from it will start the process of reflection and action.
Experimental Practice (EP):
In the EP, you try out a teaching approach you are not familiar with. You write a background essay on the underlying rationale of the approach, why you chose it, how you chose to implement it and how successful you feel the experiment was in retrospect. You submit this and your lesson outline for assessment, but the actual lesson is not observed by a tutor, only by one of your peers.
Module 3 tests your knowledge of a specialised area of teaching and the principles of needs analysis, course design and assessment. It is assessed externally through an extended written assignment of 4,500 words.
The assignment consists of …
- a thoroughly researched introduction which focuses on what is different about the area of teaching you have chosen
- a needs analysis of an actual group of learners studying in the chosen area
- a course proposal for a 20-hour course for this group of learners
- an outline of how the course will be assessed
During our course you will receive some general advice on writing the assignment only. We also offer some specialised online support with writing the assignment after the course at a small extra cost.