Reasons to do a DELTA: Part 2

Following on from last week’s post on Reasons to do a DELTA, here are some more.

Ready to climb up the TEFL ladder?
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Move up the ladder

This goes without saying. Let’s be honest, the TEFL industry is poorly paid so anyway you can get a few extra quid from your boss then better for you. Not only should your boss up your salary, but you can start thinking about becoming a teacher trainer, materials writer, a Director of Studies, and even opening up your own place. The more qualifications, the better.
Feel better prepared
I’m not saying that you’ll be able to wing your classes more (or ever, don’t be naughty), but the DELTA will definitely prepare you for those incidents that you hadn’t planned for. I like planning my classes, but I’m also a massive fan of going with the flow. I like to teach what my students need, trying to find gaps in their knowledge that lead to a breakdown in communication. During the DELTA you analyse your classes so much that it becomes second nature afterwards.
Get to know your students
The DELTA will teach you that every group of students is different and that you should cater for each group in a way that they need. I guess it’s not always easy to do, often you find different types of learners within the same group and providing for all of them is often hard. But I do know now that needs analysis at the start of the course is a great way to get to know your students. It also makes you look professional and shows that you care about them (even if you don’t).
Meet some decent people
This isn’t the case if you do the course online. I enjoyed doing module one online, but it was much more fun doing the input sessions and getting to know some other teachers. Despite the stressful moments, we did have a laugh now and then and the tutors were first class.
Sit back and relax
While you’re doing the DELTA, you will get stressed a lot. Suddenly all your classes are like a practise for your final LSA and you’ll try to maximise your performance. I found this very tiring, mentally and physically, and I put myself under a lot of pressure to make sure my classes were DELTA standard.
Now that the DELTA is over I’m enjoying teaching more. I had a month off teaching, and boy did I need it, but I’m back fresher with a load of ideas and much more confidence, which is already showing in my classes. I used to get a lot of blank faces while explaining grammar or setting up tasks, but that happens less now. Students seem to notice that confidence and feel more at ease, or at least they feel like they’re getting their money’s worth.
Life during the DELTA is hard, at times horrible, but the benefits are waiting over the horizon. Go for it! 

3 thoughts on “Reasons to do a DELTA: Part 2

  1. Hi Barry,
    I've just discovered your blog, and there's a lot of great stuff here. I was doing my Delta Module 2 at the same time as you, and I wondered if you wanted to join in with the Delta conversations series on my blog: http://sandymillin.wordpress.com/category/delta-2/delta-conversations/ I'm trying to collect people's experiences of the course so that future candidates can choose the best way to do it (e.g. distance, face-to-face, combined…)
    If you're interested, feel free to tweet me @sandymillin, reply to this comment, or post a comment on any of the Delta conversations.
    Thanks,
    Sandy

  2. Hey Sandy,

    Thanks for writing. I'm a big fan of your blog and used it while I was doing my course. Have also plugged it on several occasions too. I'd be up for the DELTA conversations, will take a look asap…

    Cheers

    Barry

  3. Hi,

    Interesting/useful blog.

    How much would you expect to earn (in a major Spanish city) with a CELTA and how much would you expect with a DELTA? Both in an academy and as a freelance teacher since the difference in pay is substantial.

    How does DELTA help you deal with "on the spot" grammar questions or grammar in general? Doesn't teaching experience do the same thing without costing you money?

    I agree that listening skills are important but why is learning the phonetic alphabet useful for a student? Should they also be taught about the places and manner of articulation? Don´t you think a student would benefit more by actually listening as much as possible in English rather than learning the phonetic alphabet?

    Why is the DELTA difficult? Is the problem time? The amount of reading material?

    What was the most valuable/useless thing you learned from the DELTA course?

    I look forward to reading your reply.

    Best wishes,

    JD

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