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    DELTA or MSc TESOL

    Hi there, can anyone advise on which course would be best for me? I got my CELTA in 2006 and then have been teaching since then mostly in Spain and then South Korea, but also a bit in the UK. I have a place to do the masters in September but I am thinking that the DELTA would be a more practical and more widely recognised qualification as far as employers go in the UK. Any thoughts?

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    Re: DELTA or MSc TESOL

    Personally, I think that the DELTA and Trinity Dip TESOL are more relevant to the practical needs of most teachers - and are much better value for money.

    However, if you want to teach in the university sector at any time, youwill stand a much better chance of finding a job if you have an MA/MSc in TEFL/(Applied) Linguistics.

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    Re: DELTA or MSc TESOL

    Certain universities (King's College London, for example) will consider the DELTA to be a third of a masters, so if you want to do the DELTA, then you can come back to the masters later and do it much quicker (and slightly cheaper) than usual. From what I've heard, the DELTA is considered the more practical qualification, whereas the masters is more of an academic thing.

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    Re: DELTA or MSc TESOL

    Hmm, thanks for your replies. I am still stuck then I guess, as I do want to get the practical stuff from DELTA in order to teach in language schools for the forseeable future. But I am also interested in teaching in the university sector eventually too...I suppose I want the best of both worlds...

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    Quote Originally Posted by islacat View Post
    I suppose I want the best of both worlds...
    Can't help with that, I'm afraid.

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    Re: DELTA or MSc TESOL

    Thanks anyway. I will have to have a bit more of a think.

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    Re: DELTA or MSc TESOL

    Does anyone not recognise an MA in the UK?

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    Hi, yes one employer I approached - the head of dept at a local college with a community based ESOL dept where I currently volunteer - said that they always ask for DELTA from prospective employees and that have not accepted masters in the past. I wrote back and said that this particular masters that I am thinking of doing - at Edinburgh University - has a teaching component. She then said that she would look into it and that perhaps she was not up to date with the teaching element on that particular course. She hasn't got back to me yet. But she was certainly pro DELTA and not at all sure about the masters....

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    Re: DELTA or MSc TESOL

    When I was concidering people for jobs, I tended to prefer people with DELTA/Trinity Dip to a masters if I had to choose between two candidates with otherwise similar qualifications, experience and references. This was mainly because of the absence of observed teaching in most MA courses at the time. Also, it seemed to me (I stress those words) that the diploma courses related the theory work more closely to the teachers' experience in the classroom than many MA courses.

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    Re: DELTA or MSc TESOL

    Thanks fivejedjon. I hadn't actually considered the Trinity Diploma as an alternative, so I will look into that too.

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