We welcome enthusiastic and well-qualified linguists, who can convince us that they would enjoy passing on their love of languages to young learners.
Applicants must be able to offer two languages for teaching; one of these must be French, and the other a choice of German, Spanish or Italian. Degree level or equivalent in the first language (for teaching to A level in schools), and an A Level or equivalent in the second language is a minimum requirement of the course.
The Faculty-based work is taught by subject lecturers, a seconded subject mentor and other languages professionals. There is a close, interdependent relationship between faculty-based and school-based learning, with trainees working alongside an experienced mentor, who provides key training opportunities and regular systematic support and feedback on classroom teaching. This structure provides the basis for progressive competence in teaching languages to A-level, and is aimed at the development, by the end of the course, of language teachers who are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, innovative and realistic.
Trainees following this course are encouraged to explore a wide range of creative and systematic approaches to teaching, covering the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), as well as focusing on the role of grammar, cultural awareness and new technologies in language teaching. The course is built upon principles of inclusion and equality of opportunity in teaching and learning for all students whatever their potential and achievements.
Trainees experience a variety of teaching methods including whole class teaching, structured group work and individual or pair work. There is a strong emphasis on active learning through discussion, presentations, peer-tutoring, research, independent study and writing. Throughout the course, trainees study different methods of assessment and how they support classroom learning and teaching. In seminars and workshops, the integral relationship between educational theory and teaching methodology is explored. Trainees are encouraged to reflect critically on their experiences as learners and teachers and to begin to develop a rationale for their classroom practice.
Whatever your beliefs about languages teaching, whatever your convictions about what makes a good languages teacher, this course will challenge, extend and develop your understanding of teaching foreign languages.