Delta

Delta involves three modules: the exam (Module One), the coursework portfolio (Module Two), and the extended assignment (Module Three). You can do one, two or all three of them. You will receive a certificate for any module you pass, but if an institution specifies that you should have the Delta, they usually require that you should have passed all three.

ITI provides options to do all three Modules in Turkey or in your country of residence. The following links give more details.

Part-tIme or intensive?

The Delta is an extremely demanding course. If you can do Module Two part time you have more time to absorb ideas, try them out and make changes in your practice. Most people on the part time course complete their portfolio in six months. The work in the portfolio you submit should be dated within the year leading up to your submission date, so while there is some flexibility if it is needed, once you have started Module Two you need to complete and submit. The fact that a part time course usually takes six months is both the main advantage (you have more time to do things) and the main disadvantage (it will have a significant impact on your free time for most of that period). The ITI part time course has a higher pass rate (over 95% of portfolios submitted) than the intensive course.

If you do Module Two intensively you complete most of the written assignments and all of the assessed LSAs (background assignments and lessons) in the space of six weeks. The fact that it takes six weeks is both the main advantage (your life will be dominated by the Delta for a shorter period of time) and the main disadvantage (it makes the course very very pressurized). You will eat, sleep and breathe Delta for that space of time. You should not be doing anything else. If you come to Istanbul to do it, you will not have much chance to see the city. Plan sightseeing before or after the course. The intensive version of the course immerses you in the experience and has a lower drop out rate than the part time course.

The part time or intensive question only really applies to Module Two. We do run 'intensive' versions of both Module One and Module Three in June each year, but they are courses for people who can come to Istanbul and like a little more of the F2F element in their studying. The courses show you what you need to know / do in order to succeed in the exam or the extended assignment, but in both cases you would then go on to do the bulk of the work more extensively over the next few months with on line support from us.

You can submit Delta work (do the exam (Module One), submit your coursework portfolio (Module Two) or submit your extended assignment (Module Three)) on the first Wednesday of December or the first Wednesday of June every year.

Delta is a considerable commitment in terms of time and effort. Quite how much time or effort will vary according to your background (a first degree in education or an ELT Masters usually makes the academic research and writing aspects easier), your experience (the wider variety of situations you have taught in and the greater the range of different course books and resources you have used, the more ideas you will have to draw on in Module Two) and your developmental pathway (if you are in an institution that provides regular in service training and observation some elements will be more familiar). Having done a CELTA is a good idea, though not an absolute requirement.


Blended (with some face to face elements) or fully online?

You must be in Istanbul to do an intensive Delta Module Two with us. If you are not based here and you want to do the part time Module Two, think about coming here. It is an amazing city and there are lots of different opportunities to teach English. If that doesn't sound feasible, then look at the part time online version of the course (more details of how that works in the Module Two section further down).

We have had people doing Module One and Module Three fully on line since 2009 and teachers from the Falkland Islands to Indonesia have succeeded (with our help) in the exam (over 300 teachers and counting) and with the extended assignment (over 250 teachers and counting) after doing a course with us. Equally if you are in Istanbul but your work hours aren't as flexible as you would like, you could do either of the courses entirely on line. What do you gain by coming to the office for the sessions ? On Module One the opportunity to experience activities, methods and techniques that you can exploit in your own classes, camaraderie and a chance to network. The same is true of Module Three, but there are fewer sessions. So if you can attend, you could get quite a lot out of it, but it isn't essential. A lot of the people who do Modules One and Three with us are not in Istanbul, nor even in Turkey.

You can do the modules in any order, though we recommend 1/2/3 or 1/3/2. Most people submit their work for each module as they finish it, though as all three modules feed into and support each other, you could do all three courses and only then submit work. It is possible to do different Modules at different centres (though we obviously think you should do them all with us).

Module one

The exam consists of two 90 minute exam papers, with a 30 minute break between them. Through input, projects and exam tasks, we introduce you to the kinds of things that can come up in the exam and how you might deal with them so you can work out how much and what you need to study. This how much and what will vary enormously from teacher to teacher depending on your background and learning history.

The ITI Delta Module One exam preparation course consists of ten blocks. Each block includes some input on two or three areas that may come up in the exam, encourages you to participate in a group project to explore one of those areas, provides further reading and study ideas and has one or two exam tasks for you to try. You get individual feedback from a tutor on these last tasks. We run the course over ten weeks each autumn and spring for those who want to fit their studying around work. This part time version of the course works well either blended (if you want to attend some elements) or fully online (if working in your own environment suits you better). We also run the course over ten days in the summer for those who prefer to be on site for all the activities. This summer version of the course is designed to be done face to face, though in order to succeed in the exam you will probably decide to make a plan of further study using the ideas from the course as ten days is enough to show you what is involved, but not enough to give you the comfortable working familiarity you will need with some concepts and areas.

On the part time Module One courses (one starting each September and one starting each March) a few people on each course attend the ITI offices for 4.5 hours of input sessions a week for 10 weeks. This is not a requirement, but if you can attend it can help with motivation and support. Most people on the course though are working fully on line and have access to the input materials on the day the sessions are held (the same information that is delivered in the input sessions is available as guided discovery tasks and video so you can work through these whenever it suits you).

The other aspects of the course (projects and exam practice) are exactly the same whether you come to the face-to-face elements or are fully on line. Groups of teachers work together on the projects using shared documents and mail or whatever communication tools prove most effective for each group. Exam practice is done individually and uploaded for direct feedback from a tutor. There are also forums where you can ask for advice, share ideas and get further support from tutors. Everything is optional (you don't have to do any parts of the course you don't want to, though the more things you join in with, the more benefit you will see) and everything is asynchronous (you don't have to be on line at a specific time).

How much study time you will need will depend on your background knowledge, but it is likely to be a minimum of 10-15 hours a week. The on line Moodle room we enroll you in stays open indefinitely and you can continue to use it for further self study (or to catch up with any tasks or activities you missed) until you have passed the exam.

The exam is always in the morning on the first Wednesday in December and the first Wednesday in June. You will need to be able to get to an exam centre to do it. If you are based outside Istanbul you should look for your nearest exam centre on the Cambridge web site where they have an exam centre search box. Because we are a distance centre you can do the exam at any Cambridge exam centre (you are not restricted to M1 centres). We will help you through the entry process with the centre you choose. We enter you as a distance candidate but they will also charge a local invigilation fee.

You do not have to enter the exam in the session immediately following your course. You can choose to take more time to prepare if you wish. When you do decide to enter you will be asked to pay an entry fee to Cambridge English and this is non-refundable (so if you have to enter the exam again you will need to pay the entry fee again). You can read more about how the course works and the thinking behind it in chapter 9 of this British Council teaching publication on Blended Learning.

If you want to apply to do Module One with us, dates of upcoming courses and links to do so are here.

Module two

You can do Module Two in three different ways

1. Part time in Istanbul

Live in Istanbul and do the course part time (over six months with you coming to the ITI offices once a week for an afternoon and tutors coming to watch you teach your own students at intervals in your own institution).

2. Intensive in Istanbul

Come to Istanbul to do either the winter or the summer intensive over six weeks, when you will eat sleep and breathe Delta, completing the bulk of your assignments while you are here and teaching in volunteer classes.

3. Part time online (where you work with a local mentor, an online course and ITI Delta tutors).

This means you can do your Delta where you are (assuming that is not Istanbul or perhaps not even Turkey) in your own institution with a local Delta mentor as well as ITI course tutors. You have to find the mentor and they must agree to be interviewed and standardised by ITI. Instructions and advice on that here.

In all three cases you would have the same …

  • assignments (in terms of what you have to write and teach to create a Module Two portfolio as these are set by Cambridge)
  • guidelines, forum responses and on line reading sources and links (the content in your Moodle).
  • access to tutors This is true in so far as much of the dialogue between course tutors on a part time course in a city as big as Istanbul is mail, forum, written feedback in assignments and occasionally Skype based, and what can be a surprising amount of support on the intensive (given evenings and weekends and when everyone is or isn’t in the building) is also conducted this way. Given that those who do an online part time Delta will have a local mentor for some live support and the online elements remain the same this is similar across all three formats.

To persuade you of how similar they are, see links below to the overview / assignment schedules for

December - June part time Istanbul June / July intensive Istanbul sessions assignments

Part time Online March - December

the June 2013 summer intensive

the June 2015 intensive

How to choose between part time in Istanbul, part time distance and the intensive version of Module Two

We have charted up similarities and differences in more detail here. But in short

Part time in Istanbul

Advantages

  • Time to absorb new ideas and try them out between assessed lessons.
  • Being in face to face sessions you are actually subject to some of the procedures and techniques so get a more direct sense of how they work.
  • Teaching students you know (so you are more confident about things like ability and familiarity).
  • Access to physical resources such as books in ITI.
  • Long term networking and support opportunities as you meet other teachers doing the course.

Disadvantages

  • Wednesday afternoon traffic
  • The impact on your free time / social life for six months


Part time online

Advantages

  • Being able to do the course in a place where there is no physical Delta centre.
  • Time to absorb new ideas and try them out between assessed lessons.
  • Teaching students you know (so you are more confident about things like ability and familiarity).
  • Slightly more flexible timing (as the input is self study in a mix of guided discovery tasks, reading and video you can more easily create a study pathway that suits you).

Disadvantages

  • The impact on your free time / social life for at least six months.
  • Having access to a limited range of other ideas and people (in comparison with the other two formats). If you aren’t very comfortable with online courses and communication you could feel you are doing this in isolation.
  • Possibly more limited access to physical resources (depending on where you are based and whether you have access to libraries etc).
  • You will need to master ( along with your local mentor) some video capture skills.
  • More expensive (in terms of additional costs).
  • Possibly more difficult to find an assessor.


Intensive Istanbul

Advantages

  • It is shorter (so while you give up six weeks, it gets it over and done with all in one).
  • You will be in a gloriously rich environment of experience and culture (the last few courses have had 36 people - though split into various sub groups for different things so it doesn’t feel too ‘big’ and you still feel looked after) and you get to watch lots of people teach, work with them in input sessions and generally see a really interesting array of ideas, approaches and beliefs. Layered on top of the usually 15-20 different nationalities on any given course is the fact that a lot of those teachers are also teaching in countries they are not natives of. Age also varies widely.
  • You become very focused.

Disadvantages

  • Most people say it is the single most intensive and stressful thing they have ever done (they also say it is the most useful and productive thing they have ever done, but they often don’t say that till later).
  • It is very difficult for us to be more flexible about a place on the intensive course (timing, postponing etc) if you really do find it is more than you can cope with.

the June 2014 summer intensive

the June 2019 summer intensive

We run an Istanbul module two part time course each year starting in mid December for June submission, the online part time module two course is designed to allow people to join at thre monthly intervals (in early September, December, March or June) and there is an intensive module two course each June / July over six weeks (for end of September submission) and each February / March over six weeks (for June submission).

You can see exact dates and apply for courses here.

Module three

You design a course for a group of learners and write a 4500 word assignment about what you needed to know and how you went about the whole process. You need access to the group to be able to do a fairly wide ranging needs analysis on them, but do not necessarily have to be teaching them yourself during the process and do not have to teach the course (only design it).


Most people do this Module entirely on line, but for those who can do so, there are four 3 hour blocks of input which you can attend at ITI, usually one every couple of weeks. The same information is available in guided discovery form on line. You are encouraged to send in draft versions of your assignment at five stages for feedback from a tutor.

Most teachers will choose to do the course design extended assignment for Module Three, but there is an ELTM option and we can support you in doing that as well. How do you know which one would suit you ? For both assignments you will write four linked sections getting draft feedback on each section. For both assignments you will find it a more useful learning experience if you focus on something you have some experience of already.

Module Three course design or Module Three management option?

Module three course design

You identify what a group of learners need and design a course to meet those needs.

You must have access to a group. You don’t have to be teaching them, though you will need to collect data from them, so it is easier if you are.

You choose a specialism from a list (which includes things like EAP, business English, teaching monolingual classes and young learners) and read and write about that specialism

You work with a group that fits with that specialism and do a needs analysis to establish priorities for about 20 hours of a course (which might be standalone or 20 hours of a longer course).

You set goals for the course based on the priorities you have identified and design a course which should allow them to meet those goals.

You devise assessment tools that will help you establish whether the course has met its aims and also show how you will evaluate it.

You read about your specialism, but also about:

  • needs analysis
  • course design
  • assessment

If you are not sure about whether you would enjoy this option or not, try reading

Graves 2000 Designing Language Courses Heinle and/or Richards 2001 Curriculum Development in Language Teaching CUP



Module Three management option

You identify a need in a language teaching organisation (LTO) and plan a change that would meet that need.

You must be able to access some organisational information (about staff or customers or things such as marketing). You don't have to be a 'manager'.

You choose a specialism from one of four management areas (academic management, human resource management, customer service, and marketing) and read and write about that specialism.

You focus on an aspect of the LTO and use situation analysis tools to identify key priorities for improvement in this aspect of the LTO.

You set out a change proposal to address a point for improvement. It will have aims and objectives that fit with the strategic goals of the LTO.

You show how the change will be put into practice, how the change process will be managed and how you will evaluate outcomes.

You read about your specialism, but also about

  • management data analysis
  • strategic management & organisational improvement
  • change management
  • project management

If you are not sure about whether you would enjoy this option or not, try reading

White, Hockley, Jansen & Laughner 2008 From Teacher to Manager CUP and/or Robbins & Judge 2010 Organizational BehaviourHarlow, Pearson.

Both courses run as a part time option each autumn and spring with December and June submission in mind.

There are no face to face sessions for ELTM, only for the course design option. It is possible to attend a F2F version of the course design option in the summer (as part of the intensive courses), though you will go on to do the actual work over the following months.

See dates of upcoming courses and apply here.

Will the course I apply for definitely open?

Yes. We run all courses that we schedule, regardless of the number of participants. You can be assured that any course you apply for will run on the dates indicated.

Does ITI help with finding accommodation?

Some accommodation options are available through Mr Üner Suner (accommodation@iti-istanbul.com for more detailed information).