DELTA Teacher Training

Course overview

The DELTA Course at LAL Torbay is intended for experienced teachers wishing to extend their knowledge and teaching skills and leads to the most widely recognised Diploma in English Language Teaching. It places an emphasis on the integration of practical classroom approaches with a thorough understanding of language systems and learning theories.

LAL Torbay is easy to reach and we have taught students on the DELTA course from all over Devon and Cornwall: we can help arrange accommodation if required.

The DELTA course will help you to:

  • deepen your understanding of the principles and practice of teaching the English Language to adults
  • examine your current practices and beliefs
  • apply the results of your learning and reflection to your current teaching position and more senior roles.

Course description

At LAL Torbay, we run the Module 1 course online. It starts in November and runs over 6 months. Our Module 2 course is run as 6 -week intensive in January / February. Module 3 is on application and can be delivered online or face-to-face depending on the group.

Module 1 is assessed by an exam taken in June; Module 2 is assessed through a series of  Teaching Assignments, which demonstrate the integration of classroom skills, theoretical knowledge and the ability to develop professionally to meet new challenges. Module 3 is an extended written assignment which involves designing a course.

The DELTA is open to people from all language backgrounds who have at least two years of teaching experience. All participants must have a competence in English (equivalent to IELTS 8 or 9), both written and spoken, that will enable them to follow and complete the course successfully.

The course features a balance of theory and practice to enhance your understanding of the English language, while examining in depth the principles of effective teaching and the practical skills required for teaching English to adult learners.  In the new modular format there are three modules:

  • Module 1 background to teaching and learning.
  • Module 2 focusing on developing professional practice (This module involves five hours of assessed teaching practice)
  • Module 3 focusing on a specialist option.

Module 1 will cover:

  • historical and current theories of first and second language acquisition
  • approaches and methodologies
  • language systems and skills
  • learner problems
  • evaluating teaching and reference materials
  • role and methods of assessment

This module will be assessed through an exam consisting of two papers, which will be taken in June.

Module 2 will cover:

  • examining effects of different contexts on learning English
  • managing, supporting and maximising learning
  • planning and teaching lessons at different levels
  • evaluating different approaches and materials
  • developing the ability to observe and reflect on teaching

This module will be assessed through written assignments and teaching practice (5 lessons) during the course.

The input sessions will take the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, group activities and discussions but will usually be a combination of these formats.

In addition to these contact hours, you will need to set aside about 150 hours for reading research and assignment writing during the course. You will also need  about 50 hours to complete the  preparation tasks before the course begins.

Module 3

This will depend completely on which area of ELT you are interested in (for example, Business English, Teaching Young Learners etc.) and can be taken at any time.  This module is assessed by means of an extended written assignment.

The DELTA Course is intended for experienced teachers wishing to extend their professional experience and accept new responsibilities, as it not only demonstrates a commitment to the profession, but is also proof of ability.

It is open to people from all language backgrounds. All participants must have native speaker proficiency, both written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course and complete all assessed and non-assessed elements successfully.

For Module 1, you must have 1 year’s ELT experience.

For Module 2, applicants should:

  • have at least two years’ full time (1,200 hours) experience of teaching English to adults within the past five years.
  • have a range of teaching experience in different contexts and at different levels.
  • be a graduate and have an initial teaching qualification.
  • have a standard of English which will enable you to teach at a range of levels.

We may still accept applicants if they do not strictly meet all of these requirements but can demonstrate that they would be likely to complete the course successfully.

The prices of the courses are as follows in 2017 – 2018:

  • DELTA Module 1 online
    November 20th 2017 – May 25th 2018
    £495 (+£130 Cambridge fee)
  • DELTA Module 2 (intensive)
    January 5th 2018 – February 16th 2018 (intensive 6-week course)
    £1870 (+£160 Cambridge fee)
  • DELTA Module 3 online/on application
    £350 (+ £95 Cambridge fee)

For Module 1, you can click here to complete an application form. You will be sent a brief language task and will be offered a place on the basis of this and your application form.

For Module 2, interviews will take place during the autumn. These interviews are also an opportunity for you to discuss your needs and ask any questions.

You are welcome to visit or contact the School to discuss the requirements of the course and your suitability for it.

For further information, contact Lucy Gubbin using the details below below.

LAL Torbay, Conway Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 5LH

Telephone (01803) 550930


Fax (01803) 559606

Location: Torbay
Max. students per class: 12
Length of course: Modules are 1-6 weeks; whole course is 19 weeks
Lessons per week: Variable
Hours per week: Variable
Levels: C2
Start dates: Module 1: November. Module 2: January/February. Module 3: flexible.

To enquire abut this course, telephone
+44 (0)1803 550930 or e-mail