Is a DELTA Course worth it?

For those individuals interested in getting a certificate to teach English, the decision to enroll in a DELTA course is not an easy one. After all, given the length of time the program can take (no less than two months, full-time and over a year, part-time) and its focus on teachers who are already pursuing a career in English language education (which they may have to put on hold while they pursue their DELTA certificate), the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations’ Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program is not exactly a walk in the park. Why, then, has its popularity only grown since its introduction in 1998 – and, more to the point, why should you consider it, too?

The answer, in a word, is excellence. The DELTA certification is the one of the most widely recognized and well respected ESL qualifications in the world. After all, a program famous for its rigor bestows upon its recipients a level of prestige that weekend TEFL courses (and even many longer certification courses) lack.

That is not that say a DELTA course is a perfect fit for everyone – indeed, it is best suited to experienced teachers who can apply their personal classroom experience to their coursework – but there are many benefits for those who take the plunge. From an employment standpoint, for example, it demonstrates a strong commitment to the field of English language instruction and gives recipients a strong advantage over their competition for both initial hires and promotions. Some of the more exclusive language schools require their teachers (and, naturally supervisors) to have such high level credentials. At the same time, a DELTA course can help an experienced teacher bring their classroom performance to the next level. By focusing on educational theory the DELTA can broaden a teacher’s outlook well beyond the day to day role of classroom management and in so doing will help the teacher improve their classroom performance. Finally, of course, such hard work literally does invariably pay off: teachers with a DELTA certification are eligible for considerable increases in salary.

Spotlight on DELTA courses around the world

One of the perks of the Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (DELTA) certification is its flexibility. Whether enrolled in the a DELTA course full-time, part-time, or through distance learning at home or abroad, candidates are eligible to receive the same high quality certification that comes with the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations’ reputation. Indeed, because ESOL Examinations so closely monitors participating centers, the world truly is your oyster when it comes to selecting the DELTA course that works best for you.

Take International House New York. As one of the most famous of the 150 schools that make up the fifty country strong International House World Organization, its DELTA certification program is designed to give both full-time and part-time students the opportunity to advance their ESL careers in one of the world’s greatest cities. At the same time, International House Barcelona, which places its emphasis on an intensive, eight-week summer DELTA certification course targets those who are interested in apply their craft in a relatively quieter setting.

In nearby Madrid, for example, The British Language Centre also offers DELTA courses. Here, again, their focus is on flexibility – students can enroll in either full-time or part-time courses and, should they choose to, complete their modules in any order. It, too, rewards forward thinking teachers by offering significant discounts to those who register in advance and sizeable savings over more expensive cities.

Nor are North American and Europe the exclusive home of accredited DELTA courses. From Africa – with Cape Town, South Africa’s Cactus TEFL – to South America – with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Britannia English School – and beyond – with Colombo, Sri Lanka’s British Council, with a DELTA certification the possibilities are truly endless!