Delta: take your English language teaching career to another level

International House Milan offers you chance to take the Delta in any combination of the modular version. This is the ideal course if you want  deepen your knowledge and understanding of English language teaching and advance your English language teaching career.

The Delta is suitable for existing teachers working in any teaching/learning context. A Delta (Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) qualification demonstrates your dedication to your students’ and your own learning. It provides you with skills and knowledge that will help you and your learners develop beyond your expectations!


It is the highest-level practical teaching qualification for English language teachers and is a widely recognised and highly regarded qualification for teaching English. It is accredited at Level 7 of the UK government’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF), by the Office of Qualification and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual – the exams regulator of the UK government). Ofqual has confirmed that Cambridge ESOL’s Delta qualification for teachers is at the same level as a Master’s degree or a professional diploma in the European Union, making it the only English language teaching diploma currently included at this level.

Teachers holding this qualification demonstrate a very high level of expertise indeed and we’re delighted by this acknowledgment from Ofqual. This reflects the quality standards associated with the Delta qualification which is great news for teachers and the millions of students around the world learning English.

Mike Milanovic
Cambridge ESOL’s Chief Executive

Having obtained the Delta, you will be able to take on more challenging roles with confidence and it is a foundation for senior teachers, teacher trainers and managers. It is in fact a requirement for senior academic management roles at certain schools.

The Delta requires you to have an advanced level of English: C1+ on the CEFR and have a minimum of 1 years’ teaching experience, though we advise having as much experience as possible before embarking on this course. Test your English level.

What is DELTA:

  • It is proof of your skills and expertise – at the same level as a Master’s study
  • It is a highly respected qualification from Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge
  • The course consists of three different modules that can be taken simultaneously or independently
  • Separate certification is awarded for each module
  • It is flexible: each module can be taken independently
  • Once you have completed all three modules successfully you will become a qualified DELTA teacher

About the modules

The Delta consists of three different modules and it is flexible: You can decide whether you would like to take each module independently at different times (and in no particular order), or simultaneously. There is no time limit in which you have to take the three modules. All the modules include a focus on theory and practice. You will receive a Cambridge Delta Certificate after successful completion of each module. You need to complete all three modules to receive your full Cambridge Delta Diploma.

International House Milan and San Donato offers you the chance to take the any/all of the modules included in the Delta course. 

Delta Module 1: Understanding language, methodology and resources for teaching 

This module focuses on extending and developing candidates’ knowledge, and understanding of teaching and learning English in a range of contexts.

It focuses on the background to teaching, the theory that underpins it, practical applications and how these are informed by applied linguistics and language learning theories. Topics include, for example:

  • Different teaching approaches and methodologies
  • Language systems and learners’ linguistic problems
  • Knowledge of resources, materials and reference sources for language learning

About the next course

  • Next online course: 24/10/2024 – 18/05/2025 
    • Frequency: Thursday (9am – 1pm)
    • Lessons suspended on the two weeks of Christmas holidays and the Easter holiday
  • Assessment: written examination – two papers – each 90 minutes long. You can find sample tests in the Delta Handbook for tutors and candidates. These sample tests show you what a full test paper will look like and the types of questions that will appear. The examination report describes how candidates performed in these tests and offers you guidance on how to prepare for your examination. For more detail, you can download the summary of how each module is assessed.
  • Next exam: 5/6/24
    • open to external candidates
    • deadline for registration: 24/4/2024
  • Prices
    • € 1,050 for DELTA Module 1 course
    • € 250 for DELTA Module 1 exam
    • € 120/hour for DELTA consultation

Delta Module 2: Developing professional practice.

This module focuses on developing awareness and expertise in the principles, and professional practice of teaching English in a range of contexts.

This is the largest part of your Delta and it has the greatest impact on your professional career. It is where you create a portfolio of your teaching and essays to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of English, of the learners, the materials and methodology.

You will research and write essays on English language systems and skills development, and plan and teach lessons based on your research. During the course you are observed and will receive developmental feedback on your planning and teaching and you will also observe the other teachers (there is a minimum requirement of ten hours’ observation – this is incorporated in the Teaching Practice).

Topic include:

  • Preparation for teaching
  • Managing and supporting learning
  • Lesson preparation and teaching
  • The language learner and the language learning context
  • Evaluating, selecting and using resources and materials for teaching purposes
  • Observe and evaluate other teachers’ lessons

Further Information

  • It is recommended that a Delta Module 2 candidate should either be a graduate or have a previous teaching qualification (e.g. CELTA), plus at least two years’ full-time teaching experience (i.e. 1,200 hours) within the past five years. Ideally, this teaching experience should include a range of levels and contexts.
  • It is also recommended that the candidate has successfully completed Delta Module 1.

NB: Candidates may still be accepted who do not strictly meet the entry criteria but who demonstrate they would be capable of completing the course successfully. Decisions on entry are at the centre’s discretion.

About the next course

  • Next online course: 20/10/2023 – 24/05/2024 
    • Frequency: Friday morning (9am – 1:30pm)
    • Lessons suspended on the two weeks of Christmas holidays and the Easter holiday
  • Assessment: a portfolio of coursework, including lesson observations. Module Two requires attendance on a course run by an approved DELTA centre so that your teaching can be supported and assessed. For more detail, you can download the summary of how each module is assessed.
  • Prices
    • € 2,180 for DELTA Module 2 course
    • € 120/hour for DELTA consultation

Delta Module 3

  • Next submission date: 2/12/2024
  • Option 1: Extending Practice and ELT Specialism. You will carry out an independent investigation, leading to the design of a course programme. Some of the specialisms include:
    • Teaching Exam Classes
    • Business English
    • Teaching Young Learners
    • English for Specific Purposes
    • Teaching English to learners with special requirements
  • Option 2: English Language Teaching Management. You will carry out an independent situation analysis, leading to the design of a change proposal looking at an area of management. The change proposal would be in one of the following specialisms:
    • Academic management
    • Human Resource management
    • Customer service
    • Marketing

To successfully complete this module, you will need to have access to management data from a relevant language teaching context.

  • Assessment: extended written assignment (4000-4500 words) externally assessed. For more detail, you can download the summary of how each module is assessed.
  • Prices
    • € 180 for DELTA Module 3 presentation
    • € 120/hour for DELTA consultation

To take the Delta course the following specific requirements are essential: 

  • you must be a proficient English user (high level C1 or C2 and above) 
  • you must have at least one year’s previous English language teaching (ELT) experience (the more experience you have the better), in a varied, full time context. 
  • you should have a recognised initial Teaching English qualification (such as CELTA or equivalent).

Before contacting the centre, please check you meet the following criteria:

  • Is your English good enough to teach at a range of levels? You should have a minimum CEFR Level of high C1.
  • Do you have at least one year’s experience of teaching English full time and in a variety of teaching/learning contexts?
  • Do you have an initial English language teaching qualification, such as CELTA?

N.B. The centre may still accept you on to the DELTA course without an initial teaching qualification if you can demonstrate that you would be likely to complete a course successfully, for example by giving evidence of previous successful study. If you are interested in applying for Module Two and you do not have an existing teaching qualification, then you would need to be observed by a qualified course tutor before being accepted onto the course. 

Meet the course tutor

  • Stephanie Holme

    How long were you an EFL teacher, and how long have you been a teacher trainer? I have been an EFL teacher for 28 years and still teach. I have been a teacher trainer since 2006.

    Did you have a different career before EFL? Before my career in EFL, I was a French and PE teacher in secondary schools.

    What are your hopes/aspirations for your trainees? My aspiration is to bring out the very best in each and every one of my trainees.

    When you were an EFL teacher what did you like most, and how do you bring that into the classroom for your trainees? I love seeing my learners make progress and enjoy learning English. I am passionate about my job and try to transmit this on CELTA courses.

    What advice would you give your trainees for successfully completing the course? I would advise trainees to come prepared to work hard, to be as organised as possible, to be open to constructive criticism and to always ask if something is not clear.

    What advice would you give your trainees for an interesting and rewarding career? Teaching is learning. It’s important to be willing to keep on developing as a teacher to meet learners’ needs and feel rewarded.

I am so grateful to you: thank you for pushing me beyond my boundaries, for your encouragement, for your guidance and support. It’s been a gruelling learning path, but definitely worth the pain. 

DELTA Module 2 trainee

I wanted to thank you for the great experience taking the DELTA Module 1 exam in December. Everything was great on the day, we found the school easily, and our invigilator was really nice and professional.

Anthony H.

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