The International House Madrid DELTA Bridging course has been designed to prepare experienced teachers and bring them to the entry point for the Cambridge DELTA the following academic year.
It is also for teachers who feel they would benefit by taking a year to re-examine the practices and principles which they were introduced to on their pre-service course and reflect on how they have developed these. It has been written by International House Madrid and specifically designed to improve your teaching ability and give you the confidence to undertake DELTA the following year.
Is it really necessary?
If you have four years’ post-CELTA (or equivalent) teaching experience and have taught a wide range of students in different learning environments, then you may already be able to tackle DELTA now, providing you have received continued professional development since completing CELTA. However, if you feel you still need more time, you will benefit by taking a year to re-examine the practices and principles which you were introduced to on your pre-service course and reflect on how you have developed these.
Is it a Cambridge course?
No, it has been written by International House Madrid and specifically designed to improve your teaching ability and give you the confidence to undertake DELTA the following year.
Why don’t I just wait a year?
You could, but if you are not doing anything to develop your current abilities or broaden your skills, one year later your teaching is likely to be the same as it is now. Your teaching may reach the standards expected from your institution but it might not be sufficient to take on the demands of DELTA. On the other hand, if you have received regular on-going training, you can think of this course as a bridge to DELTA and an opportunity to evaluate and refocus your current skills.
What is the focus of the course?
To lift your current teaching ability to a safe entry point for DELTA. There will be methodology, but the emphasis is on teaching skills. This is a very practical course; we will demonstrate all the procedures and discuss the rationale behind the them.
Who can apply?
Candidates from any teaching environment who have at least 2 years’ experience after pre-service training and who have taught a range of learners from beginners to advanced.
How often will my teaching be assessed?
There will be a diagnostic lesson at the beginning of the course and one at the end of each term to monitor your progress and make sure that you are responding to our feedback and putting our ideas into practice. Observations are carried out with your students in your school.
Doesn’t this mean an added expense to obtaining DELTA?
Not necessarily. If accepted onto DELTA the following year, your investment in the Bridge will be deducted from the cost of the DELTA Modular course.
Where does the course take place?
At International House Madrid, c/Zurbano, 8. Metro: Alonso Martínez, on Friday mornings from 12.30-14.00.
What is the course fee?
How do I apply?
Download the application. Complete and email to [email protected]
Diagnostic in September or first week of term to establish strengths and weaknesses
|Course Introduction||09 Oct|
|Classroom Management||16 Oct|
|Teaching Grammar||23 Oct|
|Checking Meaning||30 Oct|
|Feedback and Correction||07 Nov|
|Phonology 1||14 Nov|
|Lesson Planning||21 Nov|
First Observation: Grammar lesson before end of December
|Analysing Language||05 Feb|
|Anticipating Problems||12 Feb|
|Phonology 2||19 Feb|
Second Observation: Skills lesson before end of March
|Multiword Verbs||16 Apr|
|Personalising Language||30 Apr|
|Exploiting Materials||07 May|
|Writing a Commentary||14 May|
|Further Reading and Action Plan||21 May|
Third Observation: Lexis lesson before end of June