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.
International House Barcelona is an Authorised Centre for Cambridge English Language Assessment examinations and teaching awards.
Three of our intensive course trainees provide us with an inside view on what the course is like, why they did it, what they learnt from it, and much more...
That's the difference between CELTA and DELTA: on DELTA, teaching is what people do, that's what they're good at, and they just want to get better
Emma Ruiz, DELTA course trainee
Next course: July 3–August 25, 2017
8 weeks in July and August, with a daily 3 hours' input and 2 hours' teaching practice, plus home study.
Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 17.00, including input, teaching practice and feedback
Next course: October 3, 2017–March 21, 2018
Approximately 20 weeks (about 280 hours in class, plus home study, for a minimum of 325 hours)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, with input from 09.00 to 12.00; teaching practice from 12.30 to 14.00; and feedback from 14.00 to 14.30.
Next course: Available either blended (January-May) or 100% online (October-November).
See separate page for information about our stand-alone DELTA Module 3 course.
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.
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.
Emma did her own CELTA and DELTA course at IH London and taught and trained there between 2006-2015.
She also worked in Korea and Saudi Arabia, as well as her native Dublin, before coming to Barcelona in 2015.
Gerard has taught and trained in many countries. He has an MA in ELT and is a board member of TESOL-SPAIN, responsible for its website.
Gerard regularly gives talks at conferences and is a co-author of the coursebooks iTalk and Next Generation. He has also written Teacher’s Books for Outcomes.
Shaun has been in ELT since 1999 and has worked in many teaching and training contexts outside of Spain - with longer stints in the UK (London), Italy (Milan) and Japan.
Candidates are expected to be graduates or to have qualified teacher status. A recognised ELT training certificate such as CELTA, or its equivalent, is considered essential.
As a rough guide, two years' broad and full-time experience of teaching adult classes "post-CELTA" is the minimum prerequisite in terms of teaching experience.
Candidates should complete and return an application form, preferably by March 25 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.
Late applications will be accepted provided there are places remaining on the course.
Module 3 There is a separate Module 3 application form.
See this page for full payment information