Frequently asked questions: Delta Module Three

What is Delta Module Three and what does it test?

Module Three focuses on broadening your knowledge of a chosen specialism and developing your understanding of syllabus design, testing and assessment. The aim of this module is is to extend and develop candidates’ knowledge and competence in:

  • a chosen specialism. 
  • approaches to needs analysis.
  • curriculum and syllabus design principles.
  • different types of syllabus.
  • course design and evaluation.
  • assessment of learners. .
  • key concepts and terminology related to assessment. 

The full syllabus can be downloaded at https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/Images/22096-delta-syllabus.pdf

Who can take Delta Module Three?

As with all Delta Modules, Module Three is suitable for:

  • English language teachers who want to progress into more senior roles (e.g. teacher training, senior teacher or ADoS).
  • Experienced teachers who want to extend their expertise and reflect on their practice 
  • Teachers working with different age groups, from young learners to adults, and in any context from ESOL to EAP. 

In order to stand the best chance of being successful, we recommend that you have:

  •  at least two years of varied ELT experience. 
  • an excellent level of English (CEFR C1, IELTS 8.0 or above).
  • good digital and academic literacies. 
  • an undergraduate degree (or equivalent).
  • the ability to cope with a level 7 (Master’s level) qualification.  

It is also essential that you have access to a group of learners on whom to carry out your needs analysis and diagnostic testing.

Why take this qualification?

Delta is one of the best-known and most popular advanced TEFL/TESOL qualifications in the world. It is a flexible way for experienced English language teachers to progress further in their careers. Delta 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 Module Three  will develop your understanding and knowledge of your chosen specialism as well as needs analysis, syllabus design and learner assessment.

How is it assessed?

Module Three is assessed via a 4,000-4,500 word Extended Assignment in which you carry out an independent investigation leading to the design of a course programme related to your chosen specialist area.

How is the Extended Assignment organised?

The assignment consists of five parts, which can be simplified as follows:

Extended Assignment

Part

Aim

Length (+/- 10%)

Part 1

Review the relevant literature of your chosen topic and identify key issues.

1.100

Part 2 

Explain how you identified the needs of a chosen group of learners and how you used diagnostic testing to establish learning priorities. 

900

Part 3

Design a course of at least 20 hours and provide a rationale for its design, aims and teaching approach.

1,100

Part 4

Explain how the course will be assessed and evaluated.

1,000

Part 5

Outline how the proposed course design relates to the issues identified in the introduction. 

400

Should I take the other Delta Modules at the same time?

In theory, all three modules can be taken concurrently; indeed, there are some courses which prepare candidates for all three modules at the same time. However, If you are working full-time and/or have any other commitments, we would not recommend taking more than one module at a time due to the workload. Although the modules can be taken in any order, we would, generally, recommend, starting with Module One, then Module Two and, finally, Module Three.

How is the Extended Assignment graded?

The Module Three Extended Assignment is assessed with reference to a detailed mark scheme, which allocates marks for each of five assessment categories (grasp of topic; needs analysis and commentary; course proposal; assessment; presentation and organisation). There are 140 marks available in total and three passing grades: Pass with Distinction (approximately 120 marks required); Pass with Merit (approximately 100 marks required); Pass (approximately 80 marks required).

Where can I submit the Extended Assignment?

The assignment can be submitted via any authorised test centre around the world, of which the ELTC is one.

When can I submit?

Delta Module Three assignments can be submitted to Cambridge at the beginning of June and the beginning of December every year. This course will prepare you to submit in June 2022.

When will I get my results?

Results are released by Cambridge approximately two months after the submission date. Certificates are sent to centres one week after results are released. We will let you know as soon as we receive your result and certificate.

Frequently asked questions: Online Course

How long is the course?

The course lasts for 20 weeks in total from 20 November 2023 to 31 May 2024. There will be breaks over Christmas and Easter.

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered purely online and is made up of 10 units, with each unit timetabled to be completed every two weeks. The asynchronous content in each unit includes a variety of activity types, including interactive tasks, forum discussions, active reading, research and reflection. You will also receive five one-to-one tutorials with your personal tutor during the course.

Do I ever need to be online at a specific time?

Yes. Once you have been allocates a personal tutor, you should arrange with them a convenient time to meet – see the timetable guidelines for when tutorials could be held You may also want to use the course classroom, which can be accessed via the home page, is also available for you to meet your fellow participants to discuss and share ideas. 

How many hours a week will I need to study?

The course units have been designed to make up approximately 3 hours worth of work per week, including working through the online content, completing the interactive tasks, keeping your personal course workbook up-to-date and contributing to the discussion forums. It is recommended that you also allocate the same number of hours again to self-study, including background reading and research and, of course, completing drafts of your Extended Assignment. Therefore, you should be prepared to dedicate approximately 6 hours per week to your studies.

Will I need to work collaboratively with my peers?

Although the tasks and forum contributions do not require group or pair work as such, you should always make sure you read and comment on your peers’ posts. This will be a good opportunity for you to share best practice and learn from each other and will be an important part of your CPD on the course. 

Do I have to complete the units every week?

It is strongly recommended that you complete the units and associated tasks on a fortnightly basis as suggested on the timetable. We will, however, release the units in ‘chunks’ of learning: units 1-3 on 20 November; units 4-6 on 18 December; units 7-8 on 26 February; and units 9-10 on 18 March. This will allow more flexibility for you to work at your own pace and manage your time and the workload around your other commitments in a way that works for you. As a word of warning, please note that we have found that candidates who fall behind with the online units find it difficult to catch up later.

Do I have to complete the forum tasks?

The forum tasks are an important part of the course and should be completed every week. They have been designed to help you to consolidate your learning, reflect on your practice and learn from your peers and tutors.

Are the tasks I complete in the online units recorded or checked?

With the exception of what you record in your personal course workbook, when you complete tasks via the online asynchronous content, your answers are not recorded or stored. Therefore, as you work through the tasks, we strongly recommend that you make notes on a Word document or equivalent on your computer. You may decide to handwrite notes if this works for you. As the course is not assessed as such, we will not be checking your answers to any of the self-study tasks you complete. Taking self-study notes of key terms, ideas and concepts is expected in any Level 7 qualification. We will, of course, comment on your forum tasks. We will also be offering support and advice on drafts of each part of your assignment and you will receive written feedback on these. 

Will I be able to access the course once it has finished?

The course will be available for 3-4 weeks after the end of the course. Before submission, you will be able to use the content to ensure you have not missed anything and that your final draft meets all the content and presentation requirements set out by Cambridge (there are useful checklists for this in unit 10). Once you have submitted, you will be able to review any of the materials and also save anything that will be useful for your future teaching or course design.

What should I do if I experience technical difficulties?

Please contact eltc.tel@sheffield.ac.uk and explain the problem. We will try to help you resolve the problem as soon as possible.

Frequently asked questions: Working with tutors

How much support can I expect from a tutor?

As indicated in the key dates document, you will have 5 tutorials in total. A tutorial is a meeting with your tutor that provides you with answers to your questions and further guidance with the assignment. The focus of each tutorial (which can last up to one hour) is:

  • Tutorial 1: Guidance on specialism and getting started with Part 1
  • Tutorial 2: Guidance on Part 2 (Analysis of results and course priorities planning)
  • Tutorial 3: Guidance on Part 3 (Course proposal planning)
  • Tutorial 4: Part 4 guidance (Assessment proposal planning)
  • Tutorial 5: Guidance on whole draft / final submission.

To make the most of these tutorials, please come as prepared as possible with specific questions since the tutor is not expected to offer more tutorials than the ones indicated here.

In addition, you will receive written feedback on one version of:

  • the first draft of each section you write
  • the design of your needs analysis and diagnostic tests
  • feedback on the whole final draft.

Please note that the tutor will not give feedback on multiple versions of the same draft. When you submit each new section, you can also include a redraft of the previous section (e.g. Part 3 draft 1 and Part 2, draft 2) for the tutor to check that you are on the good track.

If needed, you can also communicate with your tutor by email for any specific questions about their feedback or deadlines you have agreed for submissions. For questions related to the assignment, please first check our Training Foundry Delta Module 3 course and the Delta Module 3 Handbook and the Examiner’s Report.

How can I ensure effective communication with my tutor and classmates?

Effective communication is key to maintaining a professional, supportive and constructive relation with your tutors and colleagues. Here are some tips for effective communication:

  • Remember to keep all email communication professional and follow email etiquette when emailing your tutors.
  • Be considerate of other candidates and tutors and avoid sending too many messages or writing very long posts in the forums.
  • Remember that an immediate response is not always possible since tutors may be busy doing other things. You can expect an answer from your tutor within 3 working days (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm).

If you want to know more about how you can improve your online communication, whether emails or forum discussions, you can find more information on the 301 Academic Skills Centre webpages.

How long should I wait for a response from my tutor?

Please note that an immediate response is not always possible since tutors work in different programmes and may be teaching, busy or away from the office that day. University policy is that emails will be replied to within three working days (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). Please also check with your tutor for any periods of time that they may not be at work (e.g. annual leave or non-working days) so that you can plan communication around those times.

How long should I wait to get my feedback?

It can take up to a week to get feedback on your draft. Please always liaise with your tutor to negotiate deadlines.

What if my tutor is away when I submit my draft?

Please negotiate with your tutor any deadlines for submission of drafts. The tutor should inform you of any time when they will be away from the office and you should take that into account when organising your timetable.

How are tutors standardised?

Tutors use their experience in teaching different specialisms + module 3 guidelines and examiner’s reports to provide you feedback on your drafts. We tutors also constantly communicate to check a clear understanding of the requirements for Delta Module 3. When you submit your final draft, your draft will be looked at by two tutors, who will agree on the points you need to work on before you submit to Cambridge. Your tutor will provide you with that agreed feedback.

Is it possible that I will need to make some changes to earlier sections when I submit my final draft?

Yes, the whole course you design needs to be coherent, so it is possible that you may need to refer to points you may not have initially mentioned for the course to be coherent. You will also need to make sure that the whole assignment is within the 4,500-word limit (excluding list of references and appendices) so you may need to shorten some sections if necessary.

What if I decide to change my specialism midway through the course?

You can expect to still receive support from your tutor. However, you will only receive the same amount of support as if you hadn’t changed your specialism. For example, you start looking at Young Learners and have two tutorials with your personal tutor and receive feedback on two sections. If you change your specialism, the tutor will not look again at the first sections you submitted since you already received feedback on them. However, the tutor will continue supporting you on the remaining chapters that you had not received feedback on.