DELTA courses at IH Barcelona
About the Diploma
The Cambridge Diploma (DELTA) is the most prestigious and widely recognised British qualification in English Language Teaching. It is intended for candidates who have substantial experience of teaching English either in the UK or abroad.
A number of UK universities are now offering credits and/or exemptions on their MA and other courses for those who have obtained their DELTA.
Candidates are expected to be graduates or to have qualified teacher status. Some basic ELT training, for example the CELTA or its equivalent, is considered essential.
As a rough guide, two years' broad and full-time experience of teaching adult classes is the minimum prerequisite in terms of teaching experience.
The DELTA course aims to ensure a balance between the demands of practical application and understanding of the theoretical background. As well as a detailed consideration of key theoretical issues, it includes classroom observation and supervised, evaluated teaching practice.
See also >> Course syllabus
The part-time course operates two mornings a week over approximately 20 weeks (a total of 120 hours); the full-time course lasts eight weeks with a daily schedule of three hours' input and two hours' teaching practice.
Participants on both the part-time and the full-time course have Module One examination practice tasks for the period between the end of the course and the written examination.
If you are taking Module Three, the extended written assignment, this can be submitted at the time of the examination.
The work load is heavy and candidates are advised not to take on commitments that might prejudice their chances of participating fully in the course.
See also >> Course modules
Two or more of the following will be your tutors on the course:
- David Clark (MA TEFL, DTEFLA)
- Gerard McLoughlin (MA ELT, DTEFLA)
- Neil Forrest (DTEFLA)
- Roger Hunt (DTEFLA)
- Vicki Anderson (DTEFLA)
More about our course tutors.
Candidates should complete and return an application form, preferably by 30 April for the full-time July/August course, by early September for the part-time course.
They will then be asked to attend an interview; in the case of long-distance candidates, the interview is by telephone.
Accepted candidates must then pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their place.
NOTE We offer places to suitable candidates on a first come, first served basis.
We therefore advise you to send your application as soon as possible.
Late applications will be accepted provided there are places remaining on the course.