Hello again, it's Prof. Exprat here, once more.
I have not gotten around to doing the DELTA, or Tefl Q, as the British Council call it.
I will have to do - it makes sense - but it just never seems to be the right moment to start. Then there is the reading list - how can I possibly get to grips with all that when I am on the move the whole time.
My questions are:
1) Is there much of a difference between DELTA and DipTESOL?
2) Is there any snobbery at all regarding which qualification to have?
3) I would like to do this Tefl Q thing in two months, which you can do at a certain language school in BKK, but what would employers think about this. Nothing if you don't tell them, I don't suppose, although the dates may be on the certificate.
4) A two month course sounds ideal - get it done and out of the way - but I hear the syllabus is quite substantial so are there any concerns in terms of struggling to pass the exams with this type of format??
Would be great to hear from those who have studied for this qualification and particularly those who have taken it in Bangkok.
1) No idea
2) No idea
3) ? The whole point of the course is to improve your teaching. Why wouldn't your current employer want that? You'd have difficulty doing the Delta without your employer knowing anyway... where would you do your observed teaching?
4) Only module 1 is an exam. Module 2 is the toughest, a huge portfolio of work. Module 3 is an extended essay. It's loads and loads of work.
I think you do the observed teaching in the language school which sells you the course.
I just need this bit of paper to show that I have jumped through hoops. I don't suppose they care whether I did it in 2 months or 9.
It's loads and loads of work in a subject area I find difficult to get excited about. I just need to keep myself employable and prevent my work life from stagnating. I'm looking at other career possibilities as I am quite bored but the chance to zip to the side of the world when I feel like it means I best cover myself and get it done somehow.
Does anyone have the lowdown on the IH course?
Can you PM me, if so?
Consider looking at an MA or a PGCE instead.
Do you have coke?
I have to do it if I want to keep getting the cushy jobs with the best pay.
I will do the PGCE but a lot of teachers have both and so will I probably.
The MA takes three years part-time and I don't want an MA TESOL. Don't want to study for it. The difference with the DELTA is it is cheaper, shorter and it would get me the jobs I would be interested in, sonI don't need the MA.
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I would be grateful for some proper assistance here.
Oh please don't tell mum on me
What cushy jobs are worth jumping through this hoop for?
If you need info on the course at IH why not drop by for a face to face?
The Trinity Dip and the DELTA are seen as equivalents from what I've read and been told. Were you to transfer postgrad credits from either one of them towards a M.Ed with the OU for example, you would receive 60 credits for both (one third of the entire Masters).
I've read up on the IH DELTA and while you can get a lot of it done in the two months, you won't have the qualification until the next year or so as there are only certain parts of it you will do there, modules 1 & 2, the latter module being the one with all the observed teaching and the former the one with shitloads of reading and essays. I think both of those would have an examinable component given at the end of the two months. However module 3 is a longer module where you prepare a larger dissertation type piece of work over a number of months. I think IH runs the courses late in the year like in October, so the first 2 modules would be completed before the end of the year but the third module would be handed in the following year in June, making the duration of the course really only a month less than the Distance Delta. Essentially, the two months wouldn't cover everything but you would be up to your neck in work for those two months so you would obviously get a great deal of the workload out of the way in a short amount of time.
The DELTA will be examined by the relevant authority that awards it regardless of where you get it. You're looking at at least two weeks of in-house study with the Distance Delta as well, but of course the workload for that would be spread out over the nine month duration.
I can't be entirely sure, but in Bangkok for the Distance Delta you may have to wait until April (I am looking to do it) but that doesn't appear to be the case with IH who seem to have regular starts with perhaps the next 2 month course beginning in October.
Module one, written exam
Module two, essays essays, teaching practise
Module three, really long essay
Thanks guys, this is really useful stuff.