The time has come for me to start Module three of the Delta. After passing Module one last year (few!) I didn’t jump into taking the next part straight away but took some time off from the Delta. That’s one of the really nice things about doing it modally and at a distance, you can adapt and go through it at the pace you want. Module three is different from Module one (practical knowledge of terminology, English language and the teaching implications) and Module two (classroom observing and observation) in that it is an extended assignment of 4000-4500 words on a specialist topic.
There are a range of topics you can choose from including obvious choices like English for Academic Purposes, English For Exam Classes to more niche items like English for those with Specific Learning needs and even management options as well.
I chose English for Young Learners for both a practical reasons (I don’t teach English for academic purposes) but also because I currently teach and have historically taught a lot of young learners groups and it would be good to invest in improving my abilities in this area.
Not Making the Same Mistakes Again
If you followed my journey through Module one then you might have seen some of my complaints and mistakes about the path doing the Distance Delta Module one. This time I’m determined not to make the same mistakes again and I’m starting off on the right track. Once again I added all the important dates into my calendar but because the units are fewer in number I spent a bit more time reading through and prioritising them. Generally the workload feels more manageable this time.
The main mistake I made last time was to get behind in my work or even stay “on track” with the suggested work and bulk all my work at the end of the week. This meant that I had enough time to do my reading and stay up to date with the ideas but no real time to put them into practice. Luckily most units have a couple of weeks for Module three which helps but I still want to get a week ahead just to provide more breathing space and a chance to do more of the activities that come along.
The Value of International House Certificates
One of the aspects of module three is you plan a syllabus for a group (that is in your specialism and focuses on a specific skill to develop). Although I have had elements of practice at this with general syllabus planning, I have done a certificate which was even more relevant. The International House 1-2-1 certificate.
I remember appreciating the value of doing the International House Language awareness course before Module one of the Delta and I’m sure I’ll find the aspects of Syllabus planning in the 1-2-1 certificate will also be useful too.
On your marks…
After saying all that there isn’t much more to add but just get down to some serious reading and conducting research. See you next time.