Having done the CELTA back in 2000 I felt it was time to upgrade my knowledge and skills.
The DELTA has helped me to take a closer look at how I conduct my lessons and to learn about the theory that underpins a lot of what we teachers do in the classroom. It has, in fact, forced me to critically examine my current beliefs about teaching and learning, which in turn has made me more aware of the teacher I want to be for my students.
Over the past few months, I have gained great depth and breadth of knowledge and this as make me feel more confident and empowered as a teacher. This has included new approaches, methods, techniques and activities, many of which have been incorporated into my teaching repertoire. I also feel that I am more sensitive to my learners’ needs and can give feedback in a non-threatening way.
The DELTA has also given me the opportunity to read a variety of books and academic articles, all of which have stretched my mind and brought me up to date with current trends in ELT; a must for any serious ELT teacher.
The background reading for the assignments for Module 2 has been very educational, as have the detailed lessons plans I had to produce. I think the most useful thing I have learnt is how to make informed choices about what to teach and in what order, selecting material that is appropriate for my particular class. The tutors I have worked with have offered constructive feedback and then by reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of a particular lesson from the teaching practice, I have planned a course of action towards better and more effective teaching.
Being very near the end of the course, I feel I now have the skills to go on developing as a teacher by exchanging ideas with my Personal Support Network – colleagues who feel very passionate about what they do, and who are always forthcoming with innovative ideas and support. When I finish the DELTA, I truly believe I will be in a position to apply for more senior teaching roles and I will also be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) which means I will be able to transfer credits onto an MA in ETL/TESOL.
All in all, I would say the DELTA has been a worthwhile investment of time and my only regret is that I did not do it earlier in my career.