Module One

What does Module One involve?

Module One of the Delta scheme is entitled The Background to Teaching and Learning, and  it provides an in-depth look at teaching and testing the language systems (grammar, lexis, phonology, discourse) and skills (reading writing, listening speaking). It is assessed by means of a written examination consisting of two 90 minute papers, and held in the morning of the first  Wednesday in June and December.  You can find full details of the syllabus, exam requirements etc on the Cambridge English website.

How long does it take?

Like all the Delta modules, Module One is estimated to require 200 hours of study time. Remember, however,that this can only be an estimate as it depends on factors such as how fast you read, how wide your previous experience of EFL has been, and so on. Many of our candidates have suggested that it takes longer. Our courses are fully flexible and can be adapted to your needs and other commitments. Once you have enrolled you will have access to all the course materials  for a period of two years. It is up to you to decide  how quickly you  wish to complete

When enrolling and deciding which exam session you want to aim for, you should however be realistic about how much time you have to spend studying each week. For example, if you start in January and want to take the exam in June, you would need to devote at least 10-12 hours a week to studying. If you aimed at the following December, it would be 4-6. We find that most people choose to do the course over 8-12 months, though we have had successful candidates who have completed in four, and others who have taken longer.

What's in the course?

The course  is run online, and can be followed wherever you are in the world :

The on-line course: The course consists of ten units, each divided into four or five sections, which fully cover the course syllabus and give extensive exam practice. Each unit contains video and/or Powerpoint (with audio) input, guided reading activities and tasks. The tasks are designed to : a) check that you have understood the input; b) check that you can apply the input to your teaching; and c) give exam practice. In addition, you will take part in on-line seminars (fifteen in all, restricted to six people to ensure full participation, and arranged at times requested by participants), participate in interactive forums, and have as much tutor contact as you wish. In all the units there are tasks to send us for evaluation, and we are available for consultation via e-mail, forums and Skype if ever you have a problem.

Additional face to face seminars are also held and are complementary to the online course, but not essential to it. These face to face seminars are held with two partners : The British Council Milan and The London School Thiene.
  • Face to Face seminars at the British Council Milan : In addition to the on-line course described above, you will also participate in  fortnightly face-to-face seminars, held at the British Council, Milan on Wednesdays during term time (September to May) from 10-12. These seminars are complementary to the course units but do not replace them. You can join the seminars at any time and continue attending for up to two years. Attending the Blended Course also gives you access to the methodology library at the British Council.
  • Face to face seminars at the London School Thiene (VI) or at our offices in Milan: 3 weekend face-to-face seminars (Saturday/Sunday 6 hours per day) are held at regular intervals. Again, these do not replace other study for the course but are complementary to it. They are equally relevant to participants following our online course, to people who have done a course at another centre and need a "refresher", and to candidates who have been self-preparing.  The weekend seminars consolidate your knowledge of the syllabus areas and prepare you for  the exam. See here for details. 

Course Dates and Enrolment

a) The online course : You can enrol for Module One at any time and have up to two years access to the course materials from the date of enrolment, allowing you to work at your own pace. Most of our candidates complete within an academic year, and some more quickly. However, the two year period means that, if you have unexpected problems after starting, you can take a break from study and then pick up again where you left off.

b) Face to face seminars : These are only run if there are a sufficient number of participants. Contact us for details of dates, or follow our Facebook page to receive announcements of planned seminars

Course Costs

a) 100% On-line : Paid in one instalment on enrolment - €732*
b) Face to Face Seminars Milan : Paid in one instalment on enrolment - €366. 
c) Face to face Seminars Thiene : See here
d) Weekend seminars  : €183* per seminar or €488* for all three.

Payment for the online course is also possible in two instalments.  Please ask for details.

* Prices include VAT and bank transfer charges. However, please note that the course fee does not include the exam entry fee, which is not paid to us but directly to the centre where you choose to sit the exam (see here for the possibilities). The fee differs slightly from centre to centre and from year to year but in 2017 at the British Council Milan was €200.

* If you are an Italian state school teacher of English, you can use your Carta del Docente to pay for any of the courses through the London School Thiene - contact us for details. 

And there's more...

If you have already taken the exam and failed, if you are  self preparing for the course, or if you took a course a while back at another centre, you may feel the need for some intensive work just before the exam.  We offer  six-weeks' pre-exam access to our course website immediately before each exam session and the chance to access all the input for the course, take part in exam preparation  seminars, submit exam practice tasks for evaluation, contact a tutor for answers to any queries you may have, and much more.  See here for details.