UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Course information

Profile of tutors

The team of tutors are experienced ELT professionals with extensive experience of the Delta scheme in relation to all its components.

Course content

The course prepares candidates to take Delta Modules 1, 2 and 3.

The course covers the following areas:

  • Language systems of grammar, vocabulary, discourse and pronunciation;
  • Language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening;
  • Theories of language learning and teaching;
  • Principles of ELT methodology;
  • Professional development;
  • Issues in course and lesson design;
  • Classroom procedures and skills;
  • Use of resources and materials;
  • Techniques for evaluation and assessment.

Sessions emphasise the balance between theory and practice.


Module 1

Module 1 takes the form of two written examinations of 1.5 hours each, to be held on Wednesday 7 June 2017. Paper One tests candidates’ knowledge of ELT terminology; writing and/or speaking sub-skills; and language systems (grammar, lexis, phonology and discourse). Paper Two tests candidates’ knowledge of ELT testing; the aims, purposes and principles behind published teaching materials; and the principles and beliefs behind ELT methodology.

Module 2

Module 2 consists of coursework. During the course participants must:

· Research and complete a Professional Development Assignment which consists of the following:

- one lesson which is observed by a Delta tutor. This is diagnostic in its aim and is therefore unassessed. This takes place between 16-20 January

- three written pieces (comprising of a total of 2500 words), in which the course participant reflects on current practice and sets goals for development

- one written assignment focussing on a new area of practice (2000-2500 words + lesson plan), which consists of reading and research, a lesson observed by a colleague and a self-evaluation

- ten hours of live observation of experienced teachers

- Research and teach three internally assessed teaching assignments each of which includes a written background assignment of 2000-2500 words. These take place between 6-10 February, 27 February - 3 March, 20-24 March

- Research and teach one externally assessed teaching assignment, which contains a background assignment of 2000-2500 words. This takes place between 10-13 April

Module 3

Module 3 is assessed through an extended written assignment of 4000-4500 words and focuses on the design and assessment of a specialist group of learners. Course participants can choose to research a specialism from the following list:

· Business English (BE)

· Teaching young learners/young adults (specified age group required with 5-year range e.g. 8–13, 14–19) (YL)

· English for Special Purposes (ESP)

· English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

· Teaching examination classes (EX)

· Teaching one-to-one (1to1)

· ESOL learners with literacy needs (ESOL)

· CLIL/Embedded ESOL (teaching English through subject/work-based learning) (CLIL)

· Teaching monolingual classes (MON)

· Teaching multilingual classes (MUL)

· Teaching in an English-speaking environment (ESE)

· Teaching in a non-English-speaking environment (NESE)

· Teaching learners online, through distance/blended learning (DL)

· Language development for teachers (LDT)

If applicants have identified another potential area of specialism, they should contact the Centre for Languages & International Education for confirmation that supervision of the chosen area will be possible.

The deadline for submission of Module 3 is Monday 12 June 2017.

The course is designed to prepare candidates for all three Modules. In some circumstances, it may be possible for a candidate to take Module 1 or Module 3 on a stand-alone basis, but this is not possible for Module 2.


The Delta is a postgraduate qualification and applicants can expect the workload on the course to be very demanding. In addition to attending the course on a weekly basis, we estimate that participants need to spend at least two evenings a week and one full day at the weekend doing coursework.


The course fee is £3328.

This includes the Cambridge exam registration fee of £328, as well as materials used during the sessions, access to a library for Delta trainees and UCL student status which gives participants an ID card, access to all study and leisure facilities at UCL including computers, and their own email/internet account.

Candidates who teach outside London will be asked to pay a supplement of £100 to cover the extra costs involved.

A deposit of £1664 is required on acceptance of an offer for a place on the course. On receipt of the deposit, course participants will receive a pre-course task and reading list. The remaining fee of £1664 is payable by 28 November 2016.


The UCL CLIE is situated on the corner of Bedford Way and Gordon Square. The closest underground stations are Russell Square, Euston, Euston Square, Goodge Street and Warren Street. Euston mainline station is nearby and King’s Cross and St Pancras mainline stations are also within walking distance.


You can make an application online via the following link: