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A free training course for Delta Module One
Understanding language, methodology and resources for teaching

study This is a free self-study course for Module One of the Delta
You do not have to take a course at a recognised centre to enter the Delta Module One examination.  You can take the examination at a Cambridge Open Centre.
To find an open centre near you, click here to go to the Cambridge site and enter the details.
(Note that you need to find an open centre rather than a closed, internal-only centre.)
This course for Module One covers all the syllabus areas.  Following it won't guarantee you a pass, of course, but if you take your time, do things thoroughly and follow all the sections you will be well prepared.

Parts of this course will send you off to follow guides elsewhere on the site.  Be prepared for that.


How to follow the course

What to do before the course

Go to the Delta index and look through the Module One task-by-task guides to the examination papers.  This will give you the background data so that talk of Paper2, Task 3 etc. will not be mysterious.
In particular, the guides will explain the marking scheme so that you can plan your time in the examination itself and not take half the time trying to get 10% of the marks.

How much time to devote to the course

People work at different speeds and some sections are larger than others but, overall, the course should take around 150 hours to complete.  Don't do it all at once.

When to do the course

The examination is held in the morning of the first Wednesday in June and December each year.
Plan your time so that you take the examination about a week or so after you have finished the course, which allows you some recovery, revision and reflection time.  (This means, for example, if you intend to take the examination in June, you need to devote 10 hours a week to this course starting in early February.)


This course is free so you can't expect tutor support.  However, if an area puzzles, confuses or plain bewilders you, try posting a question to ELT Concourse.  If you are not alone in your bewilderment, it will probably get addressed on these pages.
Your colleagues are an invaluable source of support.  If at all possible, try to do this course with a colleague so that you can test each other and bounce ideas around.

What the course involves

This will not be easy and will require you to take notes, read, respond to tasks and do quite a lot of tests and revision exercises.  There is no reading list because you are not expected to refer to sources in the examination.  There is, however, a reference list for Modules One and Two of the Delta which will open in a new tab for you to download and print if you need to.  You should have access to (and read!) at least one resource for each area.
There is a complete Delta Module One revision course on this site but you should do that only when you have finished the course.


Click on the area you want to begin with for more.
If this is the first time you have worked through the course, start with theoretical perspectives on language acquisition and language teaching and then do go on to different approaches and methodologies including current developments.  These are closely related areas sharing the same tests and examination practice tasks.  Then work clockwise around the outer circle.

Module One syllabus

At any time, you can click on the small picture of the syllabus areas graphic at the bottom of the page and that will take you back to this page.  Links in the menu at the top of all pages will also take you where you need to go.
Many pages in the course contain links to guides elsewhere on the site.  Those links do not generally open in a new tab or window so be prepared to use the back button on your browser frequently or deliberately open links in new tabs.


At the end of the course

There are links above to take you back to the Delta index or on to the Mock examination.  These links lead outside the course.  Follow them at the end.



Once you have done the course and taken the tests, it's time for a little revision.  You should do this in the days and weeks leading up to the examination.  There are many things you can do:

  1. Use the revision course (link here and from the Delta index).  The course covers all the areas of Module One of the Delta and has tasks on each section.
  2. Work through the course sections focusing only on the links to areas with which you had some difficulty.  Use the links on this page.
  3. Retake the tests for each section of the guide (go to the link at the end of each section).
  4. Try the 100-item multiple choice test in terminology for ELT to see if there are areas you need to re-visit.
  5. Revisit the examination practice areas for each section of the syllabus (go to the link at the end of each section).
  6. Read the Delta examination tips
  7. Do the Module One Paper 1 and Paper 2 tests (links from the Delta index).
  8. Take the mock examination (link from the Delta index).

Two or three days before your examination, come back to the course and review what you learned.  Re-taking tests or redoing the revision course is a good way to revise.


The examination

If you are studying independently for Module One, you need to find a Cambridge Open Centre where you can take the examination.
To find an open centre near you, click here to go to the Cambridge site and enter the details.
(Note that you need to find an open centre rather than a closed, internal-only centre.)

The examination comprises two papers, each of 90 minutes with a half-hour breather between them.  The examination is held twice a year, in early June and December.

The examination targets different areas:

Enjoy the course and good luck in the examination.
If you would like to send feedback including ideas for developing the course, please use the contact page.