Choosing your Delta pathway

Doing Delta is always going to be a challenge, whatever way you do it, whoever you are (I don’t believe anyone who claims it’s a breeze- it’s not, and not should it be). There are many different ways to do it, so here’s how I did it.

I decided to do my Delta in December 2012, after some strong encouragement from my Director of Studies at the time. As I was living in Brighton at the time, my pathway was pretty much chosen for me- there were no options to do all three modules at the same time, so I would have to do them separately.

I did module one at the school a trained at in Brighton. It was a 12 week course, consisting of one class a week, doing exam practice and studying methodology and language awareness. I loved being in a classroom environment; being able to share ideas with other candidates was fantastic, and it was really nice to have a support network. 

There was nowhere for me to do module 2 and 3 in Brighton, so I did them both online/blended. 

There were both positives and negatives about the online option. The first positive, of course, is the fact that you don’t have travel and can do everything from the comfort of your own home. However, this was also a negative. I missed being in a classroom environment and having classmates. There was an online forum, but that wasn’t really used for module 2 (it was more so in module 3, which helped). 

For module 2 I had two tutors, an online tutor who marked my written assignment, and a local tutor who observed my lessons. My online tutor was very honest and gave generally very constructive criticism, but I felt that it is would’ve been better had we met in person, as we may have had a better mutual understanding. My local tutor was one of the teacher trainers at my school, and he was fantastic. We worked really well together, and it really felt like he understood my way of teaching and thinking, which I unfortunately didnt have with my local tutor.

Module three was quite well suited to doing online, I felt. It’s very much an individual project, and it was good to have an online tutor to give me feedback.

I did module one in June 2013, 2 between September and November 2013, and 3 between March and May 2014. I really liked having a break of a few months between each module, it gave me time to refresh and reflect. 

Of course, this is not the only option. I know people who did two month full time courses (perfect if you work well in extremely high pressure situations, a nightmare for me), and others who are doing 6 month courses at UCL and other universities, which is also great if you crave a classroom environment, and want to get it done in one fell swoop.

I’m not going to say one way is better than any other. As teachers we know that every learner is different, and so it is important to think about what will work best for you.

If you have any questions about how I did it, please don’t hesitate to ask!

The ‘D’ Word

Without a doubt, the biggest challenge of my career so far has been completing my Delta. It is also, without a doubt, the biggest achievement of my career to date. Delta seems like a good point from which to start this blog.

When I finished my CELTA, I felt sure that I would never experience anything so (academically) challenging again. ‘If I can get through CELTA,’ I told myself arrogantly, ‘I can get through anything.’ I feel more than a ¬†little sheepish about that now!

Over the next few weeks, I will aim to post a series of posts focusing on the Delta- how to prepare for it, do’s and don’ts (all taken from personal experience, naturally), and specific focus on each module.

Delta is a real mountain to climb, but i strongly believe that it changed my teaching for the better!