Delta Module 1
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 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 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 (note that this is different only in June 2019 when it will be on Monday June 3rd) . 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 cambridgeenglish.org 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.