The French Modern Foreign Languages course will introduce you to the teaching of languages in secondary schools for young people aged 11-16. The course lays emphasis on language as a form of communication and on the value of language learning as a way of understanding other cultures and backgrounds.
The value and benefits of language learning are quickly becoming evident to young people, their parents and society as a whole. The associated challenges are exciting and the reward of seeing young people become multilingual and more aware of other cultures is great.
Our popular Modern Foreign Languages programme aims to:
- Empower you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become an effective and innovative teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
- Extend your awareness of the range and scope of Modern Foreign Languages as a subject in schools today
- Provide opportunities for you to experience and explore a variety of approaches for teaching
During the practical seminars we will introduce you to how people learn languages and, correspondingly, how best to teach them in schools. You will also study the outcomes of research, theory and the application of these in the classroom and beyond.
Throughout the course, there will be two separate periods in our partnership secondary schools. In the secondary school placements you will explore how to teach a language in a way consistent with the aims and processes of foreign language learning.
There are three integrated components: the concurrent course, the preliminary teaching practice and the main teaching practice. The concurrent course, undertaken in the two teaching practice schools, consists of three days of school-based work and two days of university-based work. These two elements fully complement each other and the work undertaken as part of the university-based MFL method course is applied during the school visits and teaching practices. Some of the teaching for the languages course will take place in a school setting.
The course is organised as three modules:
- Professional Issues in school based education
- Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum
- Self-directed Study
These modules provide an opportunity to explore, in a more theoretical way, the issues to do with teaching and learning through lectures and mixed subject and phase seminar groups taught as a conference week usually after Christmas. In addition to covering Teacher standards these modules will enable assessment work to be carried out for the award of PGCE.