The Trinity Diploma in TESOL and the Cambridge Delta are both internationally recognised qualifications for English language teachers looking to take their teaching career to the next stage.
Are there any differences between the two courses?
|Trinity Diploma (online/distance)*||Delta (online/distance)**|
|Qualification Level||Recognised as TEFLQ by the Briitish Council
(You can work as a DOS/ Academic Manager in the UK)
|Cost||£1795 plus £450 exam fee||£2950-£3000 plus £300 exam fee|
|Timing||usually 6-12 months online
2 weeks face-to-face
|Flexibility||3 exam / hand-in dates per year||2 exam / hand-in dates per year|
|What will I
have to do?
|Unit 1||Written Exam - 3 hours||Module 1|
|Unit 2||- Professional Development
- Develop a tool for observation
- Independent Research Project
(wide choice, e.g. Course Design, Teacher Training Programme...)
|Professional Development Assignment
- Reflection and Action
- Experimental Practice
|Incl. in Module 2|
|Unit 3||Interview - 30 minutes
with a phonological focus
|4500-word dissertation on course design for a specific group of learners||Module 3|
|Unit 4||- 5 interconnected observed lessons based on learner needs with learner profile, teaching aims, materials etc.
- Teaching Journal
|4 standalone observed lessons with essays (2000-2500 words each) with extensive plans based on one skill / system each||Incl. in Module 2|
|*Trinity Diploma as provided by Alba English||**DELTA (online/distance), various providers|
The two qualifications are very similar and the outline of units/modules above should be fairly standard. The difference often comes with the provider. Just like the institutions we teach in, the quality of course, training and support can vary hugely depending on the institution.
Before you sign up, find out...
- is the cost of the course reasonable?
- is the course dates and time commitment going to fit around your work and personal commitments?
- is the institution willing to put you in touch with current participants?
- how responsive, experienced and qualified are the Course Tutors?
- how much help and support will you be given?
- how will you interact with other participants?
- does the institution have a good reputation as both a school and training centre?
For online and distance learning courses, tutor support and interaction with other participants are crucial aspects. As you explore your teaching practice, you will inevitably come up with questions. Are the tutors going to answer your questions promptly when you get stuck? Find out the institution‘s policy on communication.
Learning alone is possible, but as humans, we often learn better by talking things over. Find out if you are going to have frequent chances to interact with other participants - how is communication facilitated? You shouldn’t be left alone to work it all out for yourself!
Whatever course you choose, getting a diploma-level qualification can be a hugely rewarding experience. It can refresh your teaching approach and open doors to new opportunites.