An Introduction to Module 1

Understanding Language, Methodology and Resources for Teaching

This module doesn’t require you to take any formal training as part of the assessment process, as it is assessed via written examination, consisting of two 90 minute papers. As such, it is assumed the examinee has sought appropriate methods of preparation, either through self-study or through an intensive/part-time Module 1 preparation course, such as the ones below:

  • IH Certificate in Advanced Methodology:
    This course has been designed as a stand-alone course for helping teachers to become better teachers. Its main aim is to raise the participant’s overall standard of teaching and principled understanding of methodological techniques, thanks to which it naturally segues into a Module 1 Preparation course, in as far as the background theory and reading is concerned. In terms of exam techniques for the actual written assessment, these aren’t covered in this course, as it wasn’t designed for this purpose. However, IH has a separate course on offer which is especially dedicated to the written exam. I have done the IH Certificate in Advanced Methodology, or CAM for short, and it is a very rewarding course. A number of posts on the blog have been born out of my learning during the CAM course, such as this one.
  • The Distance Delta:
    he Distance Delta is a programme of study which offers online and Blended Learning programmes for all three modules of the Cambridge Delta. It was set up as a partnership between the British Council and International House London. It offers courses throughout the year and it is well-known for the high calibre of its training materials. One of the biggest advantages of doing Module 1 through the Distance Delta is that the course fee includes the cost of taking the exam, meaning no matter where you are in the world, you can register to take the exam, for example, at your local British Council Exam Centre.
  • The Bell Distance Delta:
    Like the Distance Delta above, Bell also offers an online preparation course especially for Module 1, covering all the parts of the exam through an online study environment. The Module 1 course takes 14 weeks in total. However, it is probably important to note that the course does not include the exam fees.

As the Cambridge website states, Module 1 assess the candidate’s understanding of the following areas of language learning and teaching:

  • Theoretical perspectives on language acquisition and language teaching
  • Different approaches and methodologies, including current developments
  • Language Systems and learners’ linguistic problems
  • Language skills and learners’ problems
  • Knowledge of resources, materials and reference sources for language learning
  • Key concepts and terminology related to assessment

In short, the above areas will require you to have substantial background reading and knowledge – both theoretical and practical – in the following three areas:

  1. The historical development of ELT, including all the methods and approaches that have been developed, both successful and unsuccessful.
  2. An understanding of Second Language Acquisition, with extensive background reading in its theories and current developments.
  3. Knowledge of the linguistic elements of the English language, to the extent that you can parse sentences and be able to identify all of its constituent components, including parts of speech and labelling clauses.

If you have covered the three areas above to a significant enough depth, then you should be able to answer the questions in the exam. For example, when answering a question on materials, you would draw on your knowledge of the history of ELT methods and what is involved in SLA.

As it states on the Cambridge website“This module focuses on the background to teaching and learning English…

Further Reading

9 thoughts on “An Introduction to Module 1

  1. Hi Antony!
    Thanks for sharing this. I am now considering taking DELTA and I’d like to know what books you would recommend to approach this module.
    I’ve seen may reading lists, but I’d like to read the opinion of someone who’s recently completed the course.
    Thanks a lot!


  2. Hey, Anthony.

    Re module 1: Is there a list of required or recommended ELT texts for this module that I might access somewhere? I have a CELTA, I nearly have a MA (in TESOL), and I intend to get a DELTA — once I can afford it; meantime, I would like to prep for module 1 as soon as I can.

    Great blog, by the way! Very helpful and informative.



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