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Concourse 2

The Professional Development Assignment


Overview of the PDA

The PDA comes in two parts: Part A and Part B.  It looks like this:


Frequently asked questions

Q: What are the assessment criteria?
A: The criteria are published by Cambridge but without any kind of explanation of what they mean so ELT Concourse has produced a set of notes explaining them all and giving you some advice concerning how to make sure you meet them.  Click here to get that document.

Q: What are the word limits?
For Part A, a total of 2500 words, not including anything you write for the diagnostic lesson.
For Part B, 2000 words maximum (not including the lesson plan).

Q: What's the diagnostic lesson?
A: This is an unassessed lesson which you undertake early in a Delta course.  Its purpose is to help you focus on areas to develop in your teaching practice.  Centres will vary but you will usually have to write a lesson plan at least and you will usually get both written and oral feedback on the lesson.
This part of the assignment constitutes Part A, Stage 1 of the Professional Development Assignment.

Q: Is observation involved in the PDA?
A: Yes.  The diagnostic lesson is unassessed but a Delta tutor observes it and gives you feedback.
In addition, you are required to undertake 10 hours of observations of other teachers and the outcomes and insights should form part of what you write in Part A.

Q: How is Part A broken down?
Stage 1: the diagnostic lesson
Stage 2: you write an Action Plan for your development (1000 words)
Stage 3: you review progress and can set new targets or just carry on (650-750 words)
Stage 4: you review the overall success or otherwise of what you have done, evaluate your procedures and actions and make a plan for the future (650-750 words)

Q: What's Part B?
A: It's called Experimental Practice.  You write about, plan, teach and evaluate a lesson centred on an approach, technique or set of materials new to you.

Q: How is the PDA marked and graded?
A: The assignment is internally marked and graded as Pass or Fail.  There are no other grades.

Q: Do I have to complete the PDA?
A: Yes.  You can't submit your portfolio to Cambridge until you have.

Q: Do I have to pass the PDA?
A: No, but you won't be eligible for a grade above Pass overall for Module Two if you don't.

Q: Where can I get more detail?
A: Here:

On Part A Reflection and Action
On Part B Experimental Practice
The assessment criteria This document sets out and explains the assessment criteria for the whole of the PDA
the Cambridge form This is a copy of the form that tutors use to provide feedback on the PDA and record their comments
Teacher development For some developmental ideas and suggestions