John Goodall did Delta Module Two at Cambridge School in summer 2017. He tells us about his reasons for doing Module Two and how it’s impacted on his life and career!
Hi John! Tell us about your academic and professional background before you did the Delta Module Two course.
I took the CELTA and started working in ELT in 2010, teaching General English in New Zealand and Turkey. In 2011 I took on a Tutor role at Istanbul Technical University, and since then I have specialised in English For Academic Purposes (EAP). When I decided to take on the DELTA, I was teaching EAP at Coventry University in the UK.
Why did you decide to do the Delta? Have you completed all three modules?
I had completed Modules 1 and 3 online before I decided to take Module 2 – that’s the big, scary one after all!
There’s a practical reason I chose to take the DELTA – it’s an essential requirement for any senior/advanced ESL teaching role. But also I’d been teaching for 6 years by that point, so from a personal point of view I wanted to see whether I was doing the right things in the classroom, and why some things worked in the classroom (as well as why they didn’t!).
What aspect of the course did you most enjoy?
Having done Modules 1 and 3 online, what I enjoyed most was the collegiality of the Module 2 course at Cambridge School. My course mates were from a wide range of backgrounds, with a vast amount of knowledge and experience. The course itself was excellent, but I also learnt lots just from watching them and getting their feedback on my own teaching.
Tell us about the impact it’s had on your teaching and/or career.
Quite a big impact. I now feel much more confident in my teaching: no more imposter syndrome! I feel like I understand why I’m doing things now – I can look at a piece of teaching material and very quickly work out how to use it to best help my students.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about doing a Delta Module Two course?
I’d say go for it, absolutely. It will make a real positive difference to your teaching. Be prepared for a really intensive course, though – for those eight weeks it’s eat, sleep, DELTA, repeat!
What have you been up to since?
It’s been a pretty busy time. After passing Module 2, I applied to work at The University of Nottingham, Ningbo China (UNNC), and I’ve been working there for 18 months now. I work partly as a classroom tutor for First Year students, and partly in their Academic Literacy Development Centre, where I create and run workshops on various aspects of academic discourse, as well as providing one-to-one support for undergraduate and postgraduate students (giving advice on dissertation writing and so on). I really enjoy the work here – we have great students, and I like the intellectual challenge of dealing with academic work at all levels.
I’ve also had an article published in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes and presented at the BALEAP conference in Leeds in 2019.
What’s next for you?
I must be a glutton for punishment, as I’m considering studying for an MA in either TESOL or Applied Linguistics.
Good luck, John! It was great having you on the course.