Delta involves three modules: the exam (Module 1) , the coursework portfolio (Module 2) and the extended assignment (Module 3). You can do one, two or all three of them. You will receive a certificate for any module you pass, but if an institution specifies that you should have the Delta, they usually require that you should have passed all three.
You can do the modules in any order, though one to three works well. Most people submit their work for each module as they finish it, though as all three modules feed into and support each other, you could do all three courses and only then submit work.
You can submit Delta work (do the exam (Module One), submit your coursework portfolio (Module Two) or submit your extended assignment (Module Three)) on the first Wednesday of December or the first Wednesday of June every year.
Delta is a considerable commitment in terms of time and effort. Quite how much time or effort will vary according to your background (a first degree in education or an ELT Masters usually makes the academic research and writing aspects easier), your experience (the wider variety of situations you have taught in and the greater the range of different course books and resources you have used, the more ideas you will have to draw on in Module Two) and your developmental pathway (if you are in an institution that provides regular in service training and observation some elements will be more familiar). Having done a CELTA helps prepare you a little and having done an ICELT helps a lot. Different Modules have different practical requirements in terms of how much of the Module can be completed on line, to what extent they can be completed intensively and where you need to be teaching (or even whether you need to be). See individual Module information below for details.
The exam consists of two 90 minute exam papers, with a 30 minute break between them.
Through input, projects and exam tasks, we show you the kinds of things that can come up in the exam and how you might deal with them so you can work out how much and what you need to study. This how much and what will vary enormously from teacher to teacher depending on your background and learning history.
The ITI Delta exam course consists of ten blocks. Each block includes some input on two or three areas that may come up in the exam, encourages you to participate in a group project to explore one of those areas, provides further reading and study ideas and has one or two exam tasks for you to try. You get individual feedback from a tutor on these last tasks.
On the part time courses (one starting each September and one starting each March) you can choose the blended option and attend the ITI offices for 4.5 hours of input sessions a week for 10 weeks. If you are working fully on line you have access to the input materials on the day the sessions are held and other aspects of the course (projects and exam practice) are the same whether you come to the F2F elements or are fully on line. Everyone works together on the projects. How much study time you will need will depend on your background knowledge, but it is likely to be a minimum of 10-15 hours a week. The on line Moodle room we enroll you in stays open indefinitely and you can continue to use it for further self study (or to catch up with any tasks or activities you missed) until you have passed the exam.
The exam always starts at 10.00 on the first Wednesday in December and the first Wednesday in June. You will need to be able to get to an exam centre to do it. If you are based in Turkey that means coming to ITI. If you are based elsewhere you should look for your nearest exam centre on the CambridgeEnglish.org web site where they have an exam centre search box. You do not have to enter the exam in the session immediately following your course. You can choose to take more time to prepare if you wish. When you do decide to enter you will be asked to pay an entry fee to Camrbridge English and this is non-refundable (so if you have to enter the exam again you will need to pay the entry fee again).
You can read more about how the course works and the thinking behind it in chapter 9 of this British Council teaching publication on Blended Learning.
You will complete:
- 10 peer observations (where you watch your fellow teachers – on the part time course this will involve travelling to other schools)
- One (on the intensive) or two (on the part time) unassessed teaching assignments (these have a 2500 word background essay and a full lesson plan).
- Four assessed teaching assignments (three observed by tutors from ITI and the last observed by an external assessor and again each of these involving both essay and lesson plan). On the part time course these will be in your own institution at times that you arrange, on the intensive course they will be in practice classes in the evenings at ITI.
- A written assignment of two parts (the first part is a 2500 word evaluation of your own practice, the second is 2500 words about a small piece of action research on a technique or method that is new for you).
There are fifteen 4.5 hour blocks of face to face input sessions for this module – there is no on-line option and attendance is required. On the part time course you must have your own classes (or class) for tutors to observe you in (at times mutually agreed) and the class (or classes) should consist of least 5 learners. This also means your institution should be open to the idea of observers (tutors and peers) visiting your classes.
We run a part time course each year starting in mid December for June submission and an intensive course each June / July over six weeks (for end of September submission).
You design a course for a group of learners and write a 4500 word assignment about what you needed to know and how and why you went about the whole process. You need access to the group to be able to do a fairly wide ranging needs analysis on them, but do not necessarily have to be teaching them yourself during the process and do not have to teach the course (only design it).
This module is available in both a blended version and a fully online version.
In the blended version you can attend ITI for four 3 hour blocks, usually one every couple of weeks. The same information is available on line. You are encouraged to send in draft versions of your assignment at five stages for feedback from a tutor.
We run an autumn course over ten weeks for December submission and a spring course over sixteen weeks for June submission. If you start and find that you are not able to complete for the submission date immediately following the course you are on, you can continue to use the on line Moodle room and your opportunities for draft feedback until you are ready to submit. You can do this module entirely independently of course dates if you are good at working alone and setting your own deadlines.
As with the other Modules our course fee and the Cambridge entry fee are separate (and shown as separate amounts when you apply for a course).
You must be in Istanbul to do a Delta Module Two with us (be that for six weeks on the intensive course, or six months on the part time course). If you are not based here, think about it. It is an amazing city and there are lots of different opportunities to teach English.
Module One and Module Three can be done fully on line and teachers from the Falkland Islands to Indonesia have succeeded in the exam and with the extended assignment after doing a course with us. Equally if you are in Istanbul but your work hours aren't as flexible as you would like, you could do either of the courses on line. What do you gain by coming to the office for the sessions ? On Module One the opportunity to experience activities, methods and techniques that you can exploit in your own classes, camaraderie and a chance to network. The same is true of Module Three, but there are fewer sessions. So if you can attend, you could get quite a lot out of it, but it isn't essential.
The Delta is an extremely demanding course. If you can do Module Two part time you have more time to absorb ideas, try them out and make changes in your practice. Most people on the part time course complete their portfolio in six months. The work in the portfolio you submit should be dated within the year leading up to your submission date, so while there is some flexibility if it is needed, once you have started Module Two you need to complete and submit. The fact that it usually takes six months is both the main advantage (you have more time to do things) and the main disadvantage (it will have a significant impact on your free time for most of that period). The ITI part time course has a higher pass rate (around 95% of portfolios submitted) than the intensive course.
If you do Module Two intensively you complete most of the written assignments and all of the assessed LSAs (background assignments and lessons) in the space of six weeks. The fact that it takes six weeks is both the main advantage (your life will be dominated by the Delta for a shorter period of time) and the main disadvantage (it makes the course very pressurized). You will eat, sleep and breathe Delta for that space of time. You should not be doing anything else. If you come to Istanbul to do it, you will not have much chance to see the city. Plan sightseeing before or after the course, or choose 2015 or 2016 when Ramazan means we have to run the course over 7 weeks with a week long break in the middle. The intensive version of the course immerses you in the experience and has a higher rate (around 90%) of participants who complete and submit than the part time course.
We run intensive versions of both Module One and Module Three in June each year, but they are courses which show you what you need to know / do in order to succeed in the exam or the extended assignment. In both cases you would then go on to do the bulk of the work more extensively over the next few months, with on line support from us.
If you want to know a bit more about them, there is a link here.
As part of the application process, we will send a list of housing options to all candidates coming from outside Istanbul. The average rate for accommodation:
Single room (shared apartment): 800 Turkish Lira per month