After a long time away from the blogging world, so I could focus on my DELTA Module One, I am proud to say that I passed with a distinction. In this blog, I want to share some of my tips for anyone else who is thinking of, or in the process of, doing their Module One.
1). Get yourself a good book
For starters you will need a good book to follow or several books if you would like. They can be expensive and given the price of the course it can become a costly venture, but there is no doubt that having a good book to hand can really make the difference. I used: An A ‑ Z of ELT: A Dictionary of Terms and Concepts Used in English Language which is a bible for definitions, and will help you immeasurably in paper 1, task 1. It can also help you in several other parts as well and is, overall, a very versatile book that I recommend.
2). Join a course
I did my course with International House, and found the course to be full of tips and advice which helped me get over the line. The forums were great if you wanted to vent or ask people for help if you were stuck. The course gives you very valuable input and offers marked assignments which are returned with helpful ways to improve your chances of getting high marks. However, I worked alongside a teacher who did not do a course and she passed with a merit. Overall, I think it is about your willingness to self-study, and if you work better with guidance or by yourself. Also, at the end of the day, it is an exam that you can study for and pass, but by doing the course I learnt a lot and gained a very good understanding of exam skills and background knowledge.
3). An hour a day keeps failure away
It’s the same thing you tell your students everyday but It is just as important for you to do too. I devoted an hour everyday to the course and to studying and during that time I blocked everything out and studied hard. The key is to not overdo it and to give yourself time to relax and to make the best use of your time. I may be preaching to the choir but don’t underestimate how much time you need to study and don’t let the exam consume you.
4). Read the examiners reports from past papers
There have only been a few examiners’ reports published by Cambridge but I found reading them very valuable, for example, you can find the reports for June 2014 and read the examiners’ general comments on candidates overall performance. This can be useful because you can find out what answers were strong and why, what candidates did well and what you should avoid doing. So, when you try answering practise questions for the exam you can look at the examples of previous years and look at why they were good and why they were bad.
5). Exam tips
- Be precise and succinct: the examiners are not interested in paragraphs and long explanations; they want to see bullet points and proof that you know your stuff.
- It is unlikely that you will have enough time to write the answers, to the perfection that you want, so my advice is to practise with timed exams at home that way, when the real thing roles round, you can stick to your timings and hopefully get it all done in time.
- Decide your tactics and how you will approach the exam, this may sound strange but you need a game plan so that you make the most of your time, and target the areas worth the most marks. Make sure decide how much time each section will get and if you are lucky enough to finish with a little spare time then do what you tell your students and read through your exam.
These are just a few tips for your DELTA Module One adventure and the short answer is that there is no easy way. It can be a tricky exam, and requires a lot of time and effort, but with the right strategy in place anything is possible.