Delta Module Two Local Mentors
The part time online Delta Module two and the local mentor
If you want to do a part time Delta Module Two with ITI where you are (as opposed to where we are) and you cannot teach in an online platform or stream your classes, then you will need a local mentor. When you apply, you should have an idea of who this person is and the person concerned will also need to apply to ITI to be a local mentor. Link to do that here.
The local mentor watches your lessons, probably also filming them and then writes the lesson part of the report. You have an ITI Delta tutor (and a second tutor at some point in the course) who works with the mentor, marks all your other work and in collaboration with the mentor agrees on the final lesson report. You will usually have tutorials with the local mentor, but sometimes also with the ITI tutor.
You need to find the local mentor. If you work in an institution that is supporting you in getting your Delta, quite often it is your line manager or the in house training manager, but if you are somewhere that has not previously had many (or any) Delta candidates doing M2 you may need to look further afield.
The person you will work with should apply to be an ITI Delta mentor and commit to working with us and you over the following 6-9 months. If they stop being your mentor or leave etc this can cause your own progress through Delta to come to a halt, so you need to trust they will be in place long enough to do this.
They must …
Have a Delta themselves (at least Modules One and Two, preferably all three and be at least two years post Module Two). If they did the old integrated Cambridge Delta (before it went modular in 2008) that’s fine too. So is the equivalent Trinity qualification. If they have some other qualification that involved a practicum that you (or they) feel could be seen as Delta equivalent, get in touch and we can look at the C.V. / qualification / balance of that and experience.
be prepared to do a series of pre course preparation tasks (largely about observation and evaluation in order to work with the criteria and think about mentoring and what it involves and to help them standardise). The number of tasks depends a little on their previous tutoring experience. If someone was already working as a CELTA tutor for example they would be able to start work with you in partnership with the ITI Delta tutor on completion of a number of familiarisation and standardisation tasks. If they have very little experience of training / observation or using criteria they would need to do further support tasks in the standardisation pathway and we would definitely ask them to film your classes so we can ensure further standardisation and support. What exactly they would need to do would be established during their application procedure.
Factors that would make someone a good possible ITI Delta mentor in order of preference are that they
already work as a CELTA or ICELT tutor
and / or or do Cambridge or IELTS exams work (because of the familiarity of working from criteria)
and / or do some in house training and observation or have a good amount of past experience of this
They do not need to work in the same school or institution as you, but they do need to be able to watch lessons that you teach at least once every couple of weeks.
They should be aware that they are not training to become a full Cambridge registered Delta tutor, but that the experience they gain would make them a good candidate for this at a later date.