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Delta Module Three: before you submit

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Before you submit your Module Three assignment, there are a number of things to do.



This is not just a matter of running the text through a spell checker.  They aren't too good at recognising homophones.  It is generally preferable to get someone else to check your work because they will read what you wrote, not what you think you wrote.
Apart from simple matters of spelling and lexical and syntactical accuracy, you need to check:

  1. Your use of terminology and subject-specific concepts.
    1. Is your use of any specific terminology accurate?  Have you checked?
      Both ELT and Management theory are infested with terminology, some of it transparent, some more opaque.
      When you have used a technical term, have you defined it and shown that you understand what it means?
  2. Coherence:
    1. Does the content of each section match what the (sub)heading leads the reader to expect?
    2. Do you make clear links between the sections, referring back and forward where necessary so the text is clearly signposted?
    3. Have you maintained relevance or are there parts of the text which are too general and not linked to your specialism?
    4. Do your appendices contain discussion that should be in the main text?
    5. Have you clearly signposted where in the appendices the reader can find the relevant support for your discussion?  Don't make the reader hunt around.  Label the appendices logically.
  3. Style:
    1. Have you avoided sounding too assertive with terms like Clearly, Obviously, Certainly, rightly, unarguably, definitely etc.?
    2. Have you avoided contractions and colloquialisms?
    3. Is the presentation consistent, with the same fonts and text sizes for headings, subheadings and citations etc.?
    4. Are any citations from authority clearly identifiable using "inverted commas" or indenting text in a different font or font size?
    5. Have you referenced everything appropriately and accurately?  Plagiarism checks are in place in Cambridge.
    6. Is your bibliography correctly set out?
  4. Presentation:
    1. Make sure you have
      1. a proper cover sheet with the usual data (name, title, date, centre number (if you have a centre), candidate number (if you have been given one)
      2. numbered all the pages
      3. included a footer with your name and the assignment title
      4. a conventional bibliography between the text and the appendices
    2. Respected the maximum word count (4000 – 4500 words) and put the number on the cover page, along with the version of the word-processing program which checked it for you.
      This is from the Delta Module Three Manual published by Cambridge:
      Candidates should ensure that the main body of the assignment does not exceed 4,500 words (from contents page until the beginning of the bibliography).  Assignments up to 100 words over-length will be marked but will be subject to loss of marks.  However, assignments over 4,600 words will be returned unmarked.
      If your assignment is near the lower end, what have you left out?

Getting all these things right is not just a cosmetic exercise.  The impression you give is important and, incidentally, worth 10% of the overall marks awarded.  You can start at +10% simply by presenting and organising your text appropriately and accessibly.


Remembering how the assignment is marked

Your report is marked as follows:

ELT Specialism ELT Management topic
  1. Grasp of topic – maximum 35 marks (25%)
  2. Needs analysis and commentary (this includes the testing done before the event) – maximum 28 marks (20%)
  3. Course proposal – maximum 35 marks (25%)
  4. Assessment – maximum 28 marks (20%)
  5. Presentation and organisation (this includes the coherent structure described above) – maximum 14 marks (10%)
  1. Grasp of relevant issues for ELT Management – maximum 35 marks (25%)
  2. Situation analysis and commentary – maximum 28 marks (20%)
  3. Proposal and justification – maximum 35 marks (25%)
  4. Implementation – maximum 28 marks (20%)
  5. Presentation and organisation (this includes the coherent structure described above) – maximum 14 marks (10%)

It looks like this:

marking specialism marking eltm

You can see that the marks are spread pretty evenly so you have to give each section equal attention and probably equal space.

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

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Avoiding the obvious weaknesses

Principal Examiner's reports often comment on the most frequent weaknesses markers complain about.  They are more or less the same every year.
Here they are:

When you re-read your assignment, keep that list by you.  Can you be accused of any of it?  If the answer is yes, then re-visit and re-write that section.
The guides on this site to each section also tell you the most common weaknesses so it may pay to check those again.


Ticking it all off

OK.  Now you have proofread your assignment, checked for accuracy and avoided all the banana skins, you are almost ready to submit it for assessment.
There's one final checklist recommended by the Principal Examiner for the Module and it looks like this:

Have I Yes or No
  clearly chosen a specialism from the list provided, and indicated this on the cover page?
  outlined key features of the specialism and indicated what distinguishes it?  
  referred to and commented on background reading and key sources throughout?  
  discussed principles underlying needs analyses, diagnostic tests, course and syllabus design etc.?
or, for the Management option:
discussed principles of change management, situation analysis and implementation
  clearly justified my choice of needs analysis tools?
or for the Management option:
clearly justified my choice of situation analysis tools?
  included what is required in the separate appendices?
For an ELT specialism:
  • a completed sample of all analyses and tests used
  • course evaluation materials and/or an outline of evaluation procedures
  • sample materials or a summary of materials to be used
  • sample draft assessments to be used in the course

For the Management option:

  • a completed sample of all analyses used
  analysed the results of the diagnostic tests adequately?
or, for the Management option:
analysed the situation thoroughly on sound theoretical bases?
  justified the learning priorities I have identified clearly in relation to my needs analysis?
or, for the Management option:
justified the proposed innovation in terms of the strategic needs of the language teaching operation?
  justified my course objectives in terms of learner needs?
or, for the Management option:
justified my proposed innovation in terms of the organisation as a whole?
  added my course plan and Needs Analysis / Diagnostic Test summary results as an appendix to the main body of the text?
or, for the Management option:
added my Situation analysis results and my Implementation plan as an appendix to the main body of the text?
  included sufficient detail in my course plan
or, for the Management option:
included sufficient detail in my implementation plan?
  outlined how the course will be evaluated?
or, for the Management option:
outlined how the success of the innovation will be evaluated?
  respected the word-limit and indicated the word count and the version of the word processor program used on the cover page?  
  linked all parts of the assignment coherently to one another?  
  signposted all the appendices clearly in the main body of the text?  
Source: Delta Module Three Principal Examiner's Report December 2014 (and other years), Cambridge Assessment English
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