Cambridge DELTA

DELTA Modules


What is it?

DELTA – Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – is quite simply one of the best-known and most popular advanced TEFL/TESOL qualifications in the world. The course is awarded by the prestigious Cambridge University (Cambridge English Language Assessment) and can take your teaching career to the next level.

Who is this course for?

DELTA is suitable for first language and non-first language speakers of English working in primary, secondary and adult contexts who are seeking to progress further in their careers. It can be taken at any stage in a teacher’s career and is ideal for those wanting to update their teaching knowledge and improve their practice. DELTA is often selected by experienced teachers seeking to continue to progress in their career and prepare for more senior roles in teacher training, material design, educational management, and other avenues in ELT. DELTA can also facilitate progression to other qualifications, such as MAs in Linguistics and Language Teaching.

Candidates taking DELTA will normally have an initial English language teaching (ELT) qualification and will have had at least one year’s ELT experience.

*Course information adapted from and Cambridge DELTA pamphlet

What will you gain?

By taking DELTA, you will:

  • extend your knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of English language teaching
  • critically examine your current beliefs and practices as a teacher
  • apply your new knowledge and understanding to your current teaching role
  • extend your knowledge of English language teaching in contexts other than adult learners
  • receive an internationally recognized, highly respected advanced-level teaching certificate


What is the schedule like?

DELTA is made up of three independent modules to provide maximum flexibility. At IH Vancouver, we offer an intensive 10-week course which covers all three modules at one time. However, candidates seeking to take just one module at a time may do so.

The integrated DELTA is an intensive course designed to maximize your time and to thoroughly prepare candidates for all three modules. The integrated course is entirely face-to-face at IH Vancouver and consists of,

  • Full-time course with over 200 contact hours over 10 weeks
  • Held from Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
  • 4 hours of assessed teaching practice of real students at two different levels including an externally assessed lesson by Cambridge
  • 10 hours of unassessed teaching practice
  • 10 hours observing other experienced teachers

Although the schedule will vary depending on the module, a typical day on the course would look like this:

Time Session Description
9:00 – 10:30 Input session #1 or Teaching Practice Feedback

Every day there are input sessions given by one of the course tutors. Input sessions cover a range of topics dealing with learner needs, language, skills, teaching techniques, planning, professional development, etc. In addition, input sessions are dedicated to exam preparation for module 1, setting up assignments for module 2, etc.

On days following assessed lessons, the first input session is dedicated to lesson feedback. With your tutor, this session is a chance to discuss the lesson, build upon the strengths, and look at areas for improvement and possible ideas for doing so.

10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:30 Input session #2
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch A much needed break and a chance to make any last minute preparations for your lessons!
1:30 – 2:30 Teaching Practice Preparation / Assignment Consultation This time is devoted to providing you support for your upcoming lessons, with individual time with the tutors. On some days, this time will also be used for support with the assignments so that you can go over ideas with your tutors prior to writing.
2:30 – 3:00 Break A short break and a chance to reflect on the lessons that have just taken place.
3:00 – 5:00 Teaching Practice Teaching Practice is when you literally practice teaching with a specially arranged group of students; it’s the time to try out the ideas you’ve been researching and learning about and to get feedback on your teaching. For some of the course you will be teaching elementary students and for some of the course intermediate students. Likewise, one tutor will observe half of your lessons and another tutor the other half.

What are the different modules and how are they assessed?

Although IH Vancouver offers an integrated course, DELTA is made up of three independent modules. You will receive a certificate and credit for each module you pass, and an overall certificate when you have passed all three modules. Each module focuses on a different aspect of language teaching:

  • Module One – Understanding language, methodology and resources for teaching

    This module consists of a written exam of two 90-minute papers which focuses on the background to teaching and learning English in a range of contexts. Our integrated course provides input sessions covering all the relevant topics as well as exam strategies and practice to ensure success.
  • Module Two – Developing professional practice

    This module focuses on the principles and practice of planning and teaching and consists of a portfolio of coursework including a professional development assignment, background essays and assessed teaching practice. As well as observing lessons, you will prepare, teach and evaluate four lessons – one is externally assessed by a Cambridge English assessor.
  • Module Three – English language teaching or management specialism

    This module consists of an extended written assignment focused on your chosen specialist area of teaching or your chosen ELT management specialism.

When is the next course?

Fall 2022: DELTA takes place one time in 2022 and has been scheduled to coincide with the DELTA Module 1 exam dates set by Cambridge.
The dates for 2021 are September 12th – November 18th   (10 weeks). The Module One exam is scheduled for December 3.

What are the costs?

The cost for all three modules is $5,250 (Canadian dollars) and includes all tuition, registration fees and materials. This price is very competitive with other DELTA courses around the world and significantly less expensive than many providers, including popular online options.

Approval by PTIB

This course is approved.

Further information

For further information about Cambridge English and DELTA, please visit
For any further queries about IH Vancouver, Vancouver, or CELTA in Canada, please contact and we would be happy to answer your questions.

When is the next course?

Fall 2022: DELTA takes place one time in 2022 and has been scheduled to coincide with the DELTA Module 1 exam dates set by Cambridge.

The dates for 2022 are September 12th – November 18th.

DELTA Application Form

Please click here to download DELTA Application Form.