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Module One

Delta Module 1


The Cambridge English Language Assessment Delta Module One qualification provides a firm theoretical foundation upon which to base your English language classroom teaching in a variety of contexts.  The Delta Module One course allows you to reflect on your own teaching experience in light of historical and contemporary perspectives in the field of English language teaching.  The interactive and accessible materials challenge your existing beliefs and expand your awareness of language teaching and learning as well as of the language itself.  The Module One course balances the theoretical knowledge you need, while being firmly grounded within practical teaching methodology.  Through studying the material you will be able to reap instant rewards in your day-to-day teaching and set yourself up for fast track career progression.


Delta Module 1 is evaluated via an exam, consisting of two 90-minute papers. This can be taken either on the first Wednesday of June or the first Wednesday of December at Teaching House, New York, Boston or London, or at your local Delta examination center.  Paper one is very much concerned with language awareness and knowledge about the systems of English (grammar, vocabulary, phonology and discourse), all within a strongly pragmatic framework. For example, in one of the exam tasks you are asked to consider the language necessary for learners to perform a certain communicative task.

Paper two focuses more on methodology.  For example, in one of the tasks you are asked to consider a piece of coursebook material and evaluate the aims and purposes of activities, and then to outline the assumptions about teaching and learning upon which it is based.  Both papers place the theory within a strong practical framework.

Course delivery

The Teaching House Blended Delta Module 1 preparation course can be taken entirely online, allowing maximum flexibility and convenience. On the online course you can plan how much or little you study based around your own schedule. You can start at any time and choose your course completion date from the next two examination dates (the first Wednesday in June or December).

Online Course Content

The online content is divided into ten sections. Each section consists of content and exam preparation components. The content is delivered in the form of interactive lessons, quizzes, questionnaires and peer discussion forums, with links to useful articles, books and outside sources to locate your online TH Blended Delta experience within the wider world of English language teaching (ELT). The topics develop logically, starting with the theoretical underpinnings of our profession, working through language systems, skills, methodology and analysis, finishing with contemporary issues in ELT like English as a Lingua Franca and Dogme.

The exam focus sections develop your exam technique so that by the time of the exam you are well acquainted with each exam task and its requirements and suggested timing. Taking one part of the exam at a time, we work through an example task bit by bit, highlighting the knowledge you need to activate and the strategies you can use to maximize your grade. After this guided task, there is a timed task, which you submit to your tutor for feedback. Your tutor is not only highly trained and experienced in Delta content but also well-versed in exam strategy and technique. They will be able to give you feedback on your task and also suggestions to improve your grade for next time. You can put these suggestions into practice again immediately with an extra self-study pack for each of the exam tasks to reinforce the strategies so you’re well-versed and confident by the time exam day rolls around.
In addition to this, you are given feedback on a full mock test so that by the time you take the exam you will have done each task on each paper a minimum of four times, with plenty of additional self-study material available.

The TH Blended Delta Module 1 preparation course combines flexibility, collaboration, self-study and tutor support to enhance your knowledge of the ELT profession. You will also increase your skill as a teacher and open up a world of employment opportunities within the fields of English Language Teaching, Teacher Training and ELT Materials Development/publishing.

Delta Module One Syllabus

The online course closely follows the seven core areas from Delta Module One taken from Cambridge’s syllabus page:


1. Theoretical perspectives on language acquisition and language teaching


  • Historical and current theories of first and second language acquisition
  • How these theories influence teaching methodologies.
2. Different teaching approaches and methodologies, including current developments


  • Teaching methodologies, both mainstream and experimental
  • The effectiveness of these methodologies in different learning environments.
3. Language systems and learners’ linguistic problems


  • Features of language systems (e.g. meaning, form, pronunciation and use)
  • Teaching methodology choices in language systems.
4. Language skills and learners’ problems


  • Features of language skills (e.g. the subskills and strategies needed by learners)
  • Teaching methodology choices in language skills.
5. Knowledge of resources, materials and reference sources for language learning


  • The practical uses of a range of resources in a range of teaching contexts.
6. Key assessment concepts and terminology


  • How to apply key assessment principles, such as validity and reliability, to classroom-based assessment.

Delta Module One Dates

Flexible start dates leading up to the first Wednesday in June or December for the Delta Module 1 exam.

Delta Module One Course Fees

See our course fees page for up-to-date information