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Concourse 2

An overview of the Delta scheme

overview

This is intended only as a reference guide and bird's eye view.  More detail on each section is in the individual guides.


1

Module One

Module One is assessed in a two-part examination.  Each paper is 90 minutes long.

You do not have to take a course at a recognised centre or anywhere else to enter the Delta Module One examination.  You can take the examination at any Cambridge Open Centre.
To find an open centre near you, click here to go to the Cambridge site and enter the details.

The Module covers:

  • theoretical perspectives on language acquisition and language teaching
  • different approaches and methodologies, including current developments
  • language systems and learners’ linguistic problems
  • language skills and learners’ problems
  • knowledge of resources, materials and reference sources for language learning
  • key concepts and terminology related to assessment.

It looks like this:

M1
Marking

Each paper is worth 100 marks.  The marks you need to get out of 200 are, approximately:
Pass: 100 | Pass with Merit: 130 | Pass with Distinction: 150

Click for:
the guide to Paper 1
the guide to Paper 2
examination advice
a Module One preparation course
a Module One revision course
Delta mock examination papers
Paper 1 revision exercises
Paper 2 revision exercises


2

Module Two

Module Two is assessed via 2 Language Systems Assignments, 2 Language Skills Assignments and a two-part Professional Development Assignment.
One of the Language Assignments is externally assessed by a Cambridge-appointed assessor.

The Module covers:

  • the language learner and the language learning context
  • preparation for teaching English language learners
  • evaluating, selecting and using resources and materials
  • managing and supporting learning
  • evaluation of lesson preparation and teaching
  • observation/evaluation of other teachers’ lessons
  • professionalism and opportunities for professional development

It looks like this:

M2

Word limits
If your document is close to the minimum limit, check what you have left out.
These limits are absolute and there is no leeway.

For the Background Essay for all Language Systems and Skills Assignments 2000 – 2500 words
For the Commentary on the Lesson Plan 500 – 750 words
For the post-lesson Reflection and Evaluation 300 – 500 words
For Part A Stage 2 of the Professional Development Assignment 800 – 1000 words
For Part A Stage 3 of the Professional Development Assignment 600 – 750 words
For Part A Stage 4 of the Professional Development Assignment 600 – 750 words
For Part B of the Professional Development Assignment (Experimental Practice) 1500 – 2000 words

Marking
Module Two is assessed both internally and externally (i.e., one of the LSAs is assessed by an external assessor).  In addition, one complete internally assessed LSA is sent to Cambridge for moderation.
NB: If the externally assessed lesson is skills based, the assignment sent to Cambridge must be systems based and vice versa.  In effect, this means you have to pass both parts of one systems-based assignment and both parts of one skills-based assignment to be considered for a pass in Module Two.

You need to achieve the following:

For a Pass:
a Pass grade in both parts of the submitted internally assessed assignment (i.e., the one sent to Cambridge)
a Pass grade in both parts of the external assessment
completion of both parts of the PDA (i.e., you don't need to pass it but you do need to do it)
In your internal coursework, you must have at least one Pass grade for a Background Essay and one Pass grade for teaching.
For a Pass with Merit:
a minimum of a Pass grade for the submitted internally assessed background essay
a Pass or Merit grade for the submitted internally assessed lesson
a minimum of a Pass grade for the externally assessed
a Pass in both parts of the Professional Development Assignment
In your internal coursework, you must have at least one Merit grade for teaching and three other Pass grades.
For a Pass with Distinction:
a minimum of a Pass grade for the submitted internally assessed background essay
a Merit or Distinction grade for the submitted internally assessed lesson
a minimum of a Pass grade for the externally assessed background essay
a Distinction grade for the externally assessed lesson
a Pass in both parts of the Professional Development Assignment
Click for guides to:
writing background essays
writing your first Delta essay
analysing systems in an essay
analysing skills in an essay
getting a distinction for a Delta essay
writing lesson plans
meeting the teaching criteria
writing a reflection and evaluation
the Professional Development Assignment
the Professional Development Assignment Part A
observing teaching
the Professional Development Assignment Part B
writing the Experimental Practice: Part B of the PDA


3

Module Three

There are two options for this module

Option 1: Extending practice and English language teaching specialism
This module focuses on needs analysis, syllabus design, course planning and assessment in the context of a selected specialism
Option 2: English Language Teaching management
This module focuses on situation analysis and planning, and implementing change in the context of a selected management specialism

Assessment is through a written assignment of 4,000–4,500 words.

You do not have to take a course at a recognised centre or anywhere else to enter the Delta Module Three examination.  You can submit an assignment through any Cambridge Open Centre.
To find an open centre near you, click here to go to the Cambridge site and enter the details.

It looks like this:

M3

Marking
Module Three is marked externally out of a maximum possible mark of 140.  The marks you need to get are, approximately:
Pass: 80 | Pass with Merit: 100 | Pass with Distinction: 120

Click for Module Three guides to:
choosing your topic
writing and structuring the essay
writing the Introduction
writing the Course Proposal
writing the Needs Analysis section
writing the Assessment sections
before you submit Module Three
Reading list for Module Three


chances

Delta pass rates: your chances of passing

Pass rates are better than many will have you believe.
Here are the latest figures for Delta pass rates for each Module.

  Module One Module Two Module Three
Distinction 11.0% 3.6% 4.4%
Merit 18.0% 22.2% 26.1%
Pass 42.5% 57.6% 49.2%
Referred Not possible 15.2% 16.8%
Fail 28.5% 1.4% 3.5%
Source: www.cambridgeenglish.org/research-and-validation/quality-and-accountability/grade-statistics/2016/


Before you start a Delta course, you may like to ask yourself What makes an expert teacher?  There is an article on this site intended to answer that question.


If you want to check your knowledge of the Delta scheme, try this short test.