(Diploma in English Language Teaching)
The Cambridge DELTA Diploma is a professional qualification at post-graduate level (a Level 7 Qualification according to the British Curriculum Authority) and is one of the most sought after and well respected qualifications internationally. It is recognised by all British Universities and is fast becoming a prerequisite for some of the most interesting jobs in our field all over the world.
The course is ideal for experienced and qualified teachers wishing to enhance their career opportunities as Senior Teachers, ESP Instructors, Level Coordinators or Directors of Studies. The Diploma provides an excellent bridge for those who wish to pursue further academic qualifications related to TEFL at Masters level.
The Cambridge DELTA Diploma is widely recognised and valued by the profession and it is the first step to a career in TEFL which may have the classroom as its main focus but which may also take the holder into a number of other interesting directions, such as
- materials writing
- academic management
- teacher training
- editing EFL materials
- promoting EFL materials
- and much more…
Angelos Bollas, recent candidate, talks about how his career developed as a result of the Delta
The course is organised around three modules, each of which is assessed separately. During the last module (Module III) candidates may focus on an area of specialism from a wide range of topics
(e.g., Young Learners, ESP, Exam Classes, and many more: a full list is available on request). but covers other needs and age groups of interest to each candidate as well.
The three Modules
The course is organised around three modules, each of which is assessed separately. To find out more about the syllabus specifications, assignments and examination, please download and read the new syllabus guidelines by clicking here,
Here is the focus of the three modules:
Methodology & Resources for Teaching
Assessed via written examination offered twice annually in June & December(more here)
Developing Professional Practice
Assessed via portfolio of background assignments &
observed teaching (more here)
|Option 1: Extending Practice and ELT Specialism
Assessed via an extended assignment on one of the ELT specialisms listed here:
CELT Athens tutors are able to support most of the Option 1 specialisms and deliver input related to them during online or face-to-face courses or support through individual or group tutorials.
From Option 1, we support all topics apart from Nos 14 and 16. All options can be supported through course input and individual tutorials during the write up phase. Our internal candidates are supported at no extra charge
For Option2, the ELT Management Specialism, internal candidates are charged an additional 50% of the full course fees.
Who can attend a DELTA course?
Applicants must have experience of classroom teaching experience at a variety of levels. Please note that the Delta is no longer a qualification for teaching adult classes. Your experience may have been with
- young and very young learners
- young adults
- business/professional English groups
- academic English groups
Applicants must already hold a first degree in English or have appropriate qualifications which allow them to teach in their country; in addition, they should have attended a teacher training
programme such as a CELTA, COTE or a Certificate in TEFL.
It is entirely at each centre’s discretion to examine and accept each candidate on an individual basis according to their background, experience, training and potential and exceptions can sometimes be made based on an overall evaluation of each candidate’s knowledge, experience and potential to be successful.
Selection is made on the basis of
- Classroom teaching experience as described above
- Educational background & evidence of TEFL training
- A Language and Methodology pre-course examination
- A personal interview with the Course Tutor.
Course Options at CELT Athens:
We offer two types of courses. Please click on each option to visit the information page and decide which is more suited to your needs and your schedule.
- An intensive 8-week face-to-face course in Athens. All input and teaching assessments take place during the 8 weeks of the course.
- A part time 24-week online/blended course with input online and teaching assessments in Athens.
The courses offered by CELT are integrated and cover all three modules within attendance dates.
The only Module 3 content which we do not cover is the ELT Management Specialism although we offer a separate online course.
Each candidate must undertake an independent programme of preparation study prior to the course. After the end of the course, candidates will continue contact with their tutor for the
completion of the write up of their Module 3 assignment work, but this is not face-to-face and is done online and via email.
To run a course a minimum of six participants is required.
School Details – Athens
The centre is situated in the heart of Athens and is easily accessible from every
part of the city. It has been an Authorised Cambridge Teaching Awards Centre since 1993.
The centre is especially supportive to its trainees, and offers:
- Multilingual classes of adults where our candidates can observe and be observed while teaching.
- Excellent pre-, while- and post-course support through a Delta course dedicated wiki with organised links, articles, and resources as well as sample assignments and videotaped seminars for preparation and revision.
- Free internet access and use of PCs for lesson preparation and materials design
- The school also has an excellent library and resources, which have received high praise by all Cambridge Assessors.
You can read details of the syllabus and assessment of all three modules online if you click here – or read the handbook online.
The Course Tutors
Read all about our DELTA course tutors here
How to Apply
1. Download the application form and save it in your hard drive.
2. Complete it offline in your own time and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Arrange a date and time when you can take your language and methodology screening exam
Information about tuition can be found here
CELT Athens is an authorised teaching awards centre
For details regarding applications, content or timetable, please write to the Course Tutor:
CELT Athens Director