PGCE Modern Languages at Leicester is offered in the following combinations:
•French with German
•French with Spanish
•Spanish with French
The main purpose of the programme is to enable you to be a confident, competent and reflective teacher of Modern Languages, capable of making a full contribution to the effectiveness of a modern languages department in a British secondary school
PGCE Secondary Modern Languages offers you the opportunity to:
•Reflect on the purposes of learners of another language;
•Examine theories of foreign/second language acquisition;
•Form your own coherent style of teaching;
•Critically evaluate the National Curriculum and current thinking;
•Evaluate materials and techniques for teaching and testing;
•Create and use your own teaching materials;
•Take account of the needs of different learners;
•Investigate various methodologies; and
•observe a range of practices
The Modern Languages subject specialism will cover a variety of areas including:
•The history of foreign language teaching;
•Communicative Language Teaching;
•Teaching Speaking and Listening
•Teaching Reading and Writing
•ICT and language teaching
•Creativity in language teaching
•Lesson planning and classroom management
Continuous assessment is used throughout the course and there are no examinations.
Applicants for all language combinations should preferably have an upper second honours degree but applicants with 2:2 degrees may also be considered. The degree should be in languages you wish to teach. With the exception of Spanish with French, it is an expectation that you are able to offer French to classes at all levels in secondary school/college (11-18).
Students with joint or combined honours degrees in which French is a major subject are also welcome to apply, for example, graduates in French and Law, French and Classical Studies, European Studies, French and Business Studies. In addition, we welcome applications from native speakers with honours degrees or equivalent. As a guideline, your main language should have comprised at least 50% of the degree course or equivalent.
In exceptional circumstances we accept applicants whose degree does not meet these general guidelines, looking at each individual case on its merits. You may therefore wish to make out a case for the relevance of your degree on your application form.