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DELTA Preparation course

What is the DELTA Preparation course?
The International House Madrid DELTA Preparation course has been designed to prepare experienced teachers and bring them up to the entry point for the Cambridge DELTA, the following academic 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 you sign up for DELTA at IH Madrid the following year, we’ll discount your investment in this course from the price of the DELTA.

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?
495.00 Euros

How do I apply
Download the application. Complete and email to [email protected]

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Course Outline

Diagnostic in September or first week of term to establish strengths and weaknesses

Term One

Course Introduction 13-Oct
Classroom Management 20-Oct
Teaching Grammar 27-Oct
Checking Meaning 03-Nov
Feedback and Correction 10-Nov
Phonology 1 17-Nov
Lesson Planning 24-Nov

First Observation: Grammar lesson before end of December

Term Two

Reading                                 12-Jan
Listening 19-Jan
Speaking 26-Jan
Writing 02-Feb
Analysing Language and Subskills 09-Feb
Anticipating Problems 16-Feb
Phonology 2 23-Feb

Second Observation: Skills lesson before end of March

Term Three

Lexis                    13-Apr
Multiword Verbs 20-Apr
Discourse 27-Apr
Personalising Language 04-May
Exploiting Materials  11-May
Writing a Commentary 18-May
Further Reading and Action Plan 25-May

Third Observation: Lexis lesson before end of June